He was a native of Bell County and had lived in Harlan County most of his life. He was a retired coal miner; U.S. Army Veteran; and a member of the UMWA. He believed in the Primitive Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Sr. and Mattie Trent Hatfield; two brothers, Justice Hatfield and John Hatfield Jr.; three sisters, Maggie Peace, Edna Bush, and Evelyn Turner; two brothers-in-law Paul Fields and Franklin Fields; and one granddaughter, Stacey Pennington.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Fields Hatfield, Benham; six children, Belinda (Virgil) Brackett, Putney; Gayno (Gary) Smith, Nicholasville; Diane (Dennis) Pennington, Georgetown; Tom Hatfield, Kingston, TN; Mark Hatfield, New Tazewell, TN; and Jeff (Angela) Hatfield, Benham; two brothers, Fred (Aislee) Hatfield, Blair and Pierce (Myrtle) Hatfield, Partridge; one brother-in-law, Woodrow (Barbara) Fields, Benham; one sister-in-law, Lillie North; thirteen grandchildren (ten grandsons and three granddaughters); and three great-children.
Visitation will be held 6-9 pm Saturday, February 16, 2008 at Tri City Funeral Home in Benham. Funeral services will be conducted at 12 pm Sunday, February 17, 2008 in the Chapel of Tri City Funeral Home with Rev John Banks and Rev Woodrow Fields officiating. Interment will follow at Benham Cemetery.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Tri City Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.