Joan Marie Fielder

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on September 15, 1943

Departed on February 21, 2021 and resided in Waverly, Tennessee

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Joan Marie Fielder, 77, of Waverly, Tennessee, passed away peacefully at her home on 02/21/2021 surrounded by her family after a long battle with Dementia/ Alzheimer’s. She was a strong woman of faith to which she was able to hold until the very end. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was always full of life and truly made our house a home. Her greatest pleasure and most treasured possession was her family, to whom she was dedicated. To her, family was everything!
Joan grew up in West Nashville and was a graduate of Cohn High School in Nashville, class of 1961
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Jackson Sharber and Rubye Mae (Clark) Sharber. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Billy Randall Sharber, Joy Elaine (Sharber) Thompson, and Dorris Eugene Sharber. She is survived by her beloved husband, Lelan Ray Fielder, devoted children, son, Kenneth Ray Fielder and spouse Anthony Cimino, daughter Gina Marie (Fielder) Groves and husband, Steve Groves. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Cameron James Fielder, Lauren Rhea Fielder, and Hannah Marie Groves.
In lieu of flowers the family would greatly prefer donations made to the Alzheimer’s Association at: http://act.alz.org/goto/Joan_Fielder
Visitation with the family will be at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home & Cremation Center on Friday February 26, 2021 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm with Funeral service to follow at 2 PM. Due to COVID-19 the family has asked that guest are required to wear facial coverings at all times.


There will be a livestream of the service on Harpeth Hills Facebook page beginning at 1:45 PM. Please go to Harpeth Hills and like the page for access to the livestream.

14 Comments to Joan Marie Fielder

  1. Judith Redmond
    February 23, 2021 10:19 am

    Joan was my best friend in the 1st & 2nd grades (1948-1951) at Cockrill Elementary School in West Nashville/Nashville, Tennessee. We talked on the phone almost every night. My family and I moved the summer before the 3rd grade and I didn’t see Joan again until the 7th grade. Even though we were not as close, as the earlier years, we still had that friendship. As we aged/mellowed, we would see each other at Lelan’s annual class reunions. Joan and I had our own special reunion and it was so exciting leading up to that special day. Our picture was taken, at the last reunion, and I’ve treasured and shared with friends. Joan and I had a good conversation, several months ago, about those early days. I could hear the gentleness, in her voice, and visualize her sweet smile. Even though we lived miles from each other, that ever-lasting friendship continued. I’ll miss my dear friend. RIP Joan!

  2. Bill Pomeroy
    February 23, 2021 11:03 am

    A gentle soul…..a lovely classmate… RIP, beloved alumnus of Cohn High School, class of 1961

  3. Harriette Jane Isom
    February 23, 2021 6:12 pm

    Lelan and family, so very sorry this happened to sweet Joan! She and I had some long conversations and I enjoyed being with her! She was kind, sweet and gentle. I’m glad I had the opportunity to know her which was only 10 years. Love and Blessings to you and Gina. Harriette Jane Isom

  4. Tammy Hartley
    February 24, 2021 10:03 am

    I am so sorry for the passing of Joan. She was always been so sweet. In the short time that I knew her I had grown to love her. May God comfort you in these difficult times.

  5. Donna King
    February 24, 2021 1:52 pm

    Gina and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Joan. I happened upon her obit while scrolling for the video of my Sister-in- law, Linda Landers, who was buried on Monday at Harpeth Hills. Your Mom’s sister, Joy, and I were best friends. I walked with her during her last year before she died. .Your Mom was such a kind person. and I really got to know her during that time. I’m so sorry about her struggle, but I see in her pics that she never lost her smile nor that twinkle in her eye. She and Joy and her family are now reunited there in that place where there is no more sickness and death. I will pray for all of you in the hard days of adjustment ahead, especially your dad. God bless each of you. Donna

  6. Mary Fielder Allbee
    February 24, 2021 5:11 pm

    Lelan, Gina, Ken and the entire family, I am so sorry for your loss. I first got to know Joan in the 4th grade at Cockrell. We always stood next to each other in class pictures and the chorus/choir. I always considered her a good friend. Then later we got to be sisters-in-laws for 8 wonderful years. My prayers are with you all as you say goodbye to your beloved wife, mother, and grandmother!

  7. Robbie Hirsbrunner
    February 24, 2021 7:20 pm

    Billy and lovedJoan. She has been our friend for about 16 years. She was always such a happy person. She loved her children and grandchildren so much and looked forward to their coming to the lake on the weekend. She made a great Turtle Point brownie dessert. It was so yummy!!!
    We are going to miss her so much and I know Lelan will be lost, but Lelan can always call us any time. We love him too.
    We pray for the whole family and pray that God will help them through this sad time.

  8. DONALD FIELDER
    February 24, 2021 8:38 pm

    Lelan and family, so sorry to learn about the passing of Joan. She was a wonderful person and a great cook. I remember the times when we fished Kentucky Lake and would go in around noon for lunch. On many occasions, Joan would prepare a chuck roast with all the triimmings. She knew this was my favorite meal and would smile every time I reminded her. Joan will be missed and I wish you and your family the best. Hang on to the memories, they will help you get through this.

  9. Anne Shacklett
    February 25, 2021 1:14 pm

    Lelan, I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved wife, Joan. This disease has taken a terrible toll on your family. I know you and your family have a lot of beautiful memories you have made, particularly at your home on the lake. The pictures tell it all.

  10. Camille Monohan
    February 25, 2021 5:44 pm

    I got to know Joan when my son married her daughter, Gina. Over the years we have shared many holidays and other happy casual days together with her and Lelan. Joan was always smiling and upbeat–a real pleasure to be around. Lelan, Ken, and Gina have been gradually letting go of Joan for quite a while, and no one could have shown more kindness to a loved one than this family did. Saying the final good-bye is always the hardest part, but memories of Joan will always remain in our hearts. Peace and love to all who loved her.

  11. Tim Ham
    February 25, 2021 7:32 pm

    Lelan. Tanner and I love you, like a Grandfather. I wish words helped but they just don’t. I’m thankful for all the memories we’ve had together and I miss those times every day. Amy absolutely loved going down in the mornings for coffee with Joan. Amy knew her boys were happy on the lake and she cherished all the “woman” time that she and Joan had during those beautiful mornings on the porch. None of us know how it really is in Heaven but in my mind’s eye I’ve seen so many things. I can see Amy welcoming Joan into Paradise with open arms and those smiles shining like the sun. Sisters in Christ, living in perfection for all eternity. We’re going to be there one day my Brother! All this pain will go away, all the questions will be answered, we’ll see our girls again, one day.

  12. Nora & Jan
    February 25, 2021 9:14 pm

    Ken, know that we are sending you and your family our deepest sympathy on the passing of your sweet mom.
    All our love,
    Nora & Jan

  13. Sandra R Holden
    February 26, 2021 5:12 pm

    I am saddened to learn of Joan’s passing. We were long ago church friends and I always enjoyed spending time with her and all of you. May she rest in peace and I pray for God to bless and comfort each of you.

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