Rev. Dr. James Ray Freeman Sr.
by Halei Lamb | September 29, 2017 4:08 pm
Funeral services for Rev. Dr. James Ray Freeman Sr., 80, of Swainsboro were held Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Swainsboro with Rev. Louis Pierce, Rev, Keith Claxton, and Rev. Royce Freeman officiating. Graveside services followed that afternoon at 4 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Rebecca. He died Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.
Dr. Freeman was born in Rebecca to the late Shirley Andrew and Eunie Mae Freeman. He was in the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” for two years, attended Norman Park College, and graduated with a theological doctorate degree at Southern Bible Institute and Seminary.
He was an ordained Southern Baptist pastor and served as pastor at the following churches: Oak Grove Baptist Church in Ashburn, Elizabeth Baptist Church in Hazlehurst, Sandy Valley Baptist Church in Warner Robins, Ramona Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., Hillcrest Baptist Church in Swainsboro, Macedonia Baptist Church in Newnan, Second Baptist Church in Tifton, and Chester Baptist Church in Chester. He also served as an interim pastor in the following churches: West Millen Baptist Church in Millen, Green Fork Baptist Church in Millen, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Garfield, Midville Baptist Church in Midville, and Summertown Baptist Church in Summertown, where he was also the associate pastor until time of death. Dr. Freeman was also part of the Christian Mission Unlimited (CMU) group, where he participated in mission trips around the world to fulfill his passion of bringing people to God. Additionally, he was counselor at the Correctional Center for Girls and many nursing home and hospital ministries until his time of death.
Dr. Freeman was a member and a sponsor of AA for more than 50 years and a member of the Emanuel County Sportsman Club. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. Dr. Freeman was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Loy Freeman; sister, Gloria Frances Freeman; brother, Charles Dewey Freeman; his in-laws, Brentice and Mary Lou Hogan; and sister-in-law, Margaret Mulkey.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Faye Hogan Freeman of Swainsboro; four sons, James Ray (Vickie) Freeman Jr. of Callahan, Fla., Andrew Brentice “Andy” (Dita) Freeman Sr. of Twin City, Thomas Monroe “Tommy” (Donna) Freeman of Swainsboro, and David Alan (Jennifer) Freeman of Newnan; one sister, Shirley Ann Freeman Wise of Ashburn; one brother, Rev. Royce (Marcene) Freeman of Cordele; seven grandchildren, Christopher (Amanda) Freeman, Ashley (Agan) Tankersley, Brent (Julie) Freeman, Heather Freeman, Cory (Kristen) Freeman, T.J. Freeman, and Audrey Freeman; seven great-grandchildren, Hunter Freeman, Lexi Freeman, Michael Peebles, McKenleigh Tankersley, Brantlee Freeman, Rosie Freeman, and Chole Freeman; and several nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Pallbearers were Chris Freeman, Brent Freeman, Cory Freeman, T.J. Freeman, Hunter Freeman, Agan Tankersley, Jerry Webb, Ike Webb, and Frankie Joyner. Honorary pallbearers were Ashley Tankersley, Heather Freeman, Audrey Freeman, Julie Freeman, Kristen Freeman, and Amanda McKinney.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christian Missions Unlimited (CMU), P.O. Box 58 Hope Hull, AL, 36043.
Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.