NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WSMV) – A downtown kitchen manager tragically killed in a weekend shooting is remembered by his peers as a passionate cook with a heart for people.
Even on a Monday afternoon, you can hear some street music coming from Nudie’s Honky Tonk. In the kitchen, however, Mondays are quiet. This Monday was quieter than usual; a beloved staff member is missing.
“He’s just not the same man,” Nudie’s cook Maurice Allen said. “Losing my brother – like that was like my brother.”
Metro police said on Friday that Tim Fields, 30, was shot and killed outside Bar Louie in the Gulch. Her killer is still on the run, and the people who love her are stunned.
“I heard the screams and I knew it. I knew he was dead, ”Allen said, recalling the Friday night phone call with the news. “I heard the screams and I knew it was over. I just wish I had known that this would be the last time I would speak to a brother.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said Nudie owner Bill Miller. “I’m still trying to treat it. He was part of the family.
Fields ran the kitchen at Nudie’s on Broadway. The father of three rose through the ranks of a chain cook. Miller was just one of many admirers of his determination.
“A man who represented that you can come and do whatever you want with no limits and no caps.”
“He left a mark here. He set the bar too high for anyone to reach, ”said Nudie CEO Anthony Marsella.
“Chief Ramsey,” Allen said with a laugh. “And that’s what I called him, because that’s how he ran the kitchen.” He had respect for you, he had respect for everyone, but he ran this kitchen thoroughly.
Fields was known not only for his passion in cooking, but also for the kindness of his heart.
“He was always there with a hug and usually some kind of treat he made up in the kitchen,” Miller said with a smile. “He was just one of those people who when you saw them you couldn’t help but smile. He had that face that exuded happiness and kindness.
Fields’ absence is deafening, but the impact he leaves is lasting.
“I’m going to miss him, I’m not going to lie,” Allen said. “He kept us anchored. It was often as if I wanted to give up and he wouldn’t let me. So I will keep his legacy alive.
“We have to view Tim as an inspiration that you can do whatever you want and never forget it,” Miller said.
Nudie’s Honky Tonk is known for flaunting Nudie Cohn’s rhinestone costumes worn by world famous country singers. Miller told News4 he plans to hang Fields’ chef coat by their side “to make sure he’s honored as king like Nudie is here.”
Metro Police identified Berwin Freeman Jr. as a wanted suspect in the Fields murder early Tuesday morning. A warrant has been issued to charge Freeman with criminal homicide.
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