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Billy Cloyes Freeman

Born: Sat., May 31, 1947
Died: Mon., Jan. 30, 2012


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Feb. 01, 2012
Location: Peebles West Funeral Chapel at Oakland

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Feb. 02, 2012
Location: Peebles West Funeral Chapel at Oakland

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William Cloyes “Billy” Freeman, resident of the Oakland Community, United States Navy Vietnam Veteran and husband of Aneta “Betsy” Freeman died Monday morning, January 30, 2012 at the Methodist Hospital in Somerville after becoming suddenly ill at his residence. He was 64 years of age and died following an illness of several months.

Services of Remembrance with Military Honors for Mr. Freeman were conducted at 11 A.M. Thursday, February 2nd at the Peebles West Funeral Chapel at Oakland with Bro. John Jones and Bro. Bob Strickland officiating. Personal remarks were provided by Rudy Doyle, Oakland Fire Chief. Interment followed in the Fayette County Memorial Park Cemetery on Highway 64. Arrangements were provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center — West Chapel of Oakland.

Mr. Freeman was born May 31, 1947 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cloyes Blackwell Freeman and Florence Marie Ellis Freeman. He was educated in the Memphis City Public School System and was a graduate of Treadwell High School in Memphis. Mr. Freeman served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam period from 1966 to 1970.

Mr. Freeman was married December 27, 1971 to the former Aneta “Betsy” Flynn, a Memphis native and retired employee of Methodist Health Systems, who survives. He was employed by the Schering-Plough Corporation in Memphis as a Mechanic Specialist in the Parts Room for 25 years before his retirement in 1996.

Mr. Freeman was a former resident of the Memphis area before moving to the Oakland area in 1988. He was an active member of his community and participated in numerous community projects that included serving as director for the Emergency Operations Center. He was an active HAM operator and a 20 year member of Barefoot Bullfrog Net/Tri-State Repeater for those involved in weather forecasting and weather preparedness. Mr. Freeman was a Mason and a member of New Bethel United Methodist Church in Fayette County.

In addition to his wife of 40 years, Mr. Freeman is survived by his brother, Robert R. Freeman (Norene) of Russellville, AR; and a special niece, Angela Marie Freeman of Memphis.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Youth Program at New Bethel United Methodist Church, 3730 Highway 194, Rossville, TN 38066 or the Shelby County Chapter of the American Kidney Foundation, 857 Mt. Moriah Road, Suite 201, Memphis, TN 38117-5704.

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Mike McNeill
   Posted Mon January 30, 2012

Joyce and I are very sorry to hear about Billy's passing. Billy was a great help to me while I was with EMA and I know he will be missed. Please let us know if we can help you with anything.

Mike and Joyce McNeill
Lake Ozark, MO

   Posted Mon January 30, 2012
Betsy, We are so sorry to hear about Billy. Everytime I made a Strawberry Cake I thought about Billy. We love you and if there is anything we can do please let us know. Gene and Cathy

Steve & Virginia Kellett
   Posted Mon January 30, 2012
Betsy Virginia and I are saddened by Billy's passing. He was a one of a kind and will miss him greatly. I am sure he is pursuing running heavens radio shack. We will see you at the viewing but will be unable to attend the funeral because of work commitments I am unable change.

Randy & Jo Ann Wilder
   Posted Mon January 30, 2012
As many will tell you Billy will be sadly missed but memories will survive. Just remember the good times and God will help you through. We will all miss Billy's smile and his helpfulness to others. If there is anything we can do, please call.

We love you.

TJ & Myrna Shouse, KE4BNT
   Posted Mon January 30, 2012
Ms Betsy Our Hearts & Prayers go out to you and the rest of your family in this time of sorrow. May the LORD give you peace & strength to get you through this time and for the rest of your lift. I only got to meet Billy at the Xmas Lunch at Dixie. Did talk with him a couple times on radio. Will miss his voice on the NET.

TJ & Myrna

Danny Banks (KJ4FXZ)
   Posted Tue January 31, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. Billy and his soothing voice on the nets will be missed.

Danny Banks (KJ4FXZ)
   Posted Tue January 31, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Billy''s passing. Billy and his soothing voice on the nets will be missed.

Rick Pinelli
   Posted Tue January 31, 2012
Hello Betsy,
Sorry for your loss, we are all going to miss Billy.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family.

Rick Pinelli

Fred Quinn W2FMQ
   Posted Tue January 31, 2012
Tammy and I are so sorry for your lose. Billy will remain in our hearts forever. God Bless

   Posted Tue January 31, 2012

Jimmy Smallwood
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Sorry for your loss. Billy will be missed by all. My prayers go out to the Freeman family.


Gary Weatherford
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012

We have all lost a true great friend and should celebrate the time we all had with Billy. I was looking through some pictures of Billy at the various functions and he always had that wonderful smile on his face. He will be dearly missed.

Gary, Melinda, Rebecca and James

Marilyn Austin, Macon Fire Department #1108
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Mrs. Freeman;

I am sorry for you loss and your in my prayers. I had the pleasure of knowing Billy when I worked at Oakland Fire Department and then at Macon. I know that the HAM operators will miss him terribly as well. He was "a gentle giant", patient and understanding man the times I'd been to your home to help him. I know that words can not simply take away your pain or grief but maybe the words of John 11:25-27, John 14:1-3 and Psalm 91:14-15 will help. If there is anything that the fire department can assist you with, please let us know.

Terry & Dolores Blair
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Betsy & Family,
Billy has been my friend for 44 years, since we were Navy buddies. It breaks my heart that my friend & buddy is no longer with us. We all spent many enjoyable vacations together in Hot Springs, Memphis Tennessee, Garland Texas & New Orleans. Billy loved fishing and was a great fisherman. He even taught Dolores to fish. We love you Billy & feel honored to have known you. You are missed greatly. Betsy, our thoughts & prayers are with you always. We love you.
Terry & Dolores

John D. Kuykendall
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Dear Betsy; Life is too short. Sorry to hear of Billy's passing. We had lots of great times in the Navy. God bless you and your family.
Love and best wishes, John Kuykendall, Knoxville, Tennessee

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