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James Clinton Freeman

Published 12:01am Monday, August 19, 2013

BRANDON — Services for James Clinton Freeman, 83, of Natchez, who died Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at Brandon Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon with the Rev. Steve Purvis officiating.

Burial will follow at Lakeland Place Garden Park Cemetery in Brandon under the director of Ott and Lee Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mr. Freeman was born Dec. 4, 1930, in Wisner, the son of Jesse and Sarah Simms Freeman.

He was the third child born in a family of three sons and five daughters. After a brief time living in Louisiana and Arkansas, James and his family eventually settled in the Natchez area, where he spent the rest of his life.

Mr. Freeman served his country in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 and the U.S. Army National Guard from 1953 to 1956, when he was honorably discharged from the service. Upon leaving the U.S. Army, he spent many years managing the Union Center Billards Hall on Main Street, in Natchez, across the street from the historic Eola Hotel. He spent the last years of his life working as a newspaper deliveryman for The Natchez Democrat and served as a rural route mail carrier for the U. S. Postal Service.

Mr. Freeman was a deacon at Stanton Baptist Church, where he also served as treasurer during the last years of his life. At the church he formed a great friendship with Pastor Steve Purvis, who will also preside over the memorial service for James. Nothing brought Mr. Freeman greater joy than the everyday interaction and friendships that he found within the church.

Mr. Freeman was preceded in death by his son, James Dale Freeman, who was married to Wendy Frank Freeman; one brother; Leo Freeman; three sisters, Helen Freeman, Eula Mae Freeman Kirby and Edith Nell Freeman Arnold.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jo Doris Idom Freeman; two sons, Raymond Keith Freeman and his wife, Kathy, and Terry Lane Freeman and his wife, Karen; brother, Donald Ray Freeman; two sisters, Montiel Freeman Doyle and Patricia Freeman Wactor; six grandchildren, Jeremy Keith Freeman, Jesse Phillip Freeman, Cole Lane Freeman, Wendy Diane Freeman, Erica Lauren Freeman and Dana Diane Freeman.