Fred Wright Mayfield, 88, Colonial Williamsburg director of mechanical operations, retired

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Fred Wright Mayfield
Fred Wright Mayfield

Fred Wright Mayfield, of Williamsburg, died June 22, 2015, at the age of 88.

He was born on Sept. 4, 1926, in North Carolina, son of the late Horace and Sallie Mayfield. He was preceded in death by his sister, Panthea Carter; his brother, William Mayfield; stepson, Thomas Jenkins; and his first wife, Muriel Mayfield.

Fred started out as an apprentice and through his hard work and dedication, retired as director of mechanical operations after 41 years at Colonial Williamsburg. He was an active member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church. Fred was also a member of the Chickahominy Masonic Lodge 286, the Pulaski Club, the Williamsburg Host Lions Club, the Ruritan Club, the Shrine Club and the Khedive Temple. Fred served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was also a volunteer fireman in his early 20s.

He is survived by his wife, Clara Allison Mayfield; daughter, Christine (Ron) Howard; stepdaughter, Kathy (Roger) Cawthon; and grandchildren, Lauren and Ty Howard and Ryan and Reid Corbett.

Fred had countless friends and was a perfect southern gentleman. In retirement, he was a talented craftsman, enjoyed fishing and was an avid golfer with five holes-in-one. He held many offices and was very active in service organizations.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg. A service will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015, at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Interment will follow at Williamsburg Memorial Park, 130 King William Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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