Charles Robert Freeman, 95, of Morehead City, died Saturday, December 29, 2018 at home.
A funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 2, 2018 at The First United Methodist Church with Rev. E. Powell Osteen officiating. Burial will be private.
Mr. Freeman was born August 1, 1923, to Charles Huggins Freeman and Blanche Davis Freeman of Morehead City. He was a lifetime resident of the town of his birth. A graduate of Morehead City High School in 1940, he moved on to Campbell College to finish his education. As WWII brought the U.S. into war, he volunteered and joined the United States Marines Corps, and served until wars end. After the war, he returned to Morehead City, and worked in his father’s business known as Freeman Bros Grocery, in downtown Morehead City. Soon after, he married Jean Odom. They had two sons, Tom and Jeff.
He started his own business known as Freeman’s Supermarket and operated that grocery business until the early 70’s. Afterwards, he worked for Blue Bell Corp for about 15 years until his retirement.
Charles was a member of the American Legion for over 70 years and a Mason of the Ocean Lodge #405 of Morehead City for over 70 years. He was a loyal and dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church, a church he loved and served his entire life. In later years, he volunteered to help Habitat for Humanity in Carteret County and businesses and residents would remember him for selling barbecue for churches in town.
Charles will be remembered as an ordinary man with extraordinary gifts. He was welcoming and grateful for life. A man who dearly loved his God and family. Always a gentleman with a smile. A good man and life well lived. Rest in Peace.
He is survived by two sons, Thomas J. Freeman and wife Mary Elizabeth of Wilmington, and Jeffrey S. Freeman of Morehead City; four grandsons, Matthew Thomas Freeman and wife Kristin, Lawrence Barrett Freeman and wife Kerry, Alan Freeman, and Michael T. Freeman and wife Elizabeth; six great granddaughters, Cameryn, Cailyn, Cassidy, Chloe, Lola, and Penelope; and one great grandson Reef.
In addition to his parents, his wife Jean Odom Freeman and his sister Grace F. Jones, precedes him in death.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Carteret Health Care Foundation for Hospice/Home Health, P.O. Drawer 1619, Morehead City, NC 28557 or to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Duke Medical Center, 2200 W. Main Street, Suite A-200, Durham, NC 27705.