Hobert Dee Freeman was born to Jupiter Freeman and Nevada Mae Smothers in Travis, TX, Falls County on December 17, 1935. He went to school in Eddy and Troy, TX. He married Ruth LaVerne Allen on February 21, 1960. He was a member of JESUS (the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth, Inc.) where he built the original sanctuary, and served as a deacon, youth pastor, and trustee. He worked for local construction companies; Shallow Ford, Doyle Davis, and Downing Brothers, later to start a family company; Freeman Brothers Construction and then H D Freeman and sons; owner/operator of Club Enterprise; owner/operator of Schabazz Fish Box; owner of The Hot Spot; editor of a black newspaper. His civic commitments were; member of the Temple board of building and codes, 2nd Vice Pres of Temple Branch NAACP, and organizer of the Miss Black Temple Pageant. He was preceded in death by two sons Stephen and Simeon Freeman; one daughter Ruth Lynn Freeman; parents Jupiter and Nevada Freeman; three brothers Billie, Leroy, and JT Freeman; and one sister Mary Ann Freeman.
Survivors are: his wife Ruth; mother-in-law Teacher Hattie Allen; three sons Allen (Marie) Freeman, Verling
(Donna) Freeman, Ruben Freeman and godson Patrick Grant of Temple; daughters Vanessa (Arthur) Sanders of Walters, OK, Rheda (Craig) Heaggans of Bellville, IL, Grace Freeman of Houston, TX, Althea
Freeman, Ebonny (Terrance) Freeman,Hattrice Freeman all of Temple, TX, Candace Freeman of Copperas Cove,TX and goddaughter Myrisha Nealy of Temple, TX. Brothers, Harriel (Bertha) Freeman, Obie Freeman,
Alvin (Dorothy) Freeman all of Temple, TX, Horace Marshall of Lulling TX, and Joe Brown of Temple, TX. Sisters Bonnie Carnegie and Cheryl Abercrombie both of Temple, TX; 5 stepbrothers, OB Marshall, Joe Nathan Marshall, Dalton Marshall, Nolan Marshall, and James Marshall and step sister Joyce DuBard;
29 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and a host of children, family, and friends.
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