Valdosta Daily Times


July 16, 2014

Jerry Freeman Sr.

VALDOSTA — Jerry Freeman Sr., 66, departed this life on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Jerry was born to Arvella Jackson and the late Willie Freeman. He received his education at Pineville City School. He was employed at Valdosta State University until his retirement.

After accepting Christ as his personal savior, he joined New Life Ministries where he served faithfully until his passing.  He was united in holy matrimony to the love of his life and best friend, Lillie P. Freeman, on Feb. 6, 1965.

Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Willie Freeman; one sister, Laverne Hayes; and two daughters, Valeria Freeman and Linda Whitfield.

He leaves to cherish his memories his most precious and devoted wife, Lillie Pearl Freeman; his mother, Arvella Jackson, Valdosta; five sons, Jerry Freeman Jr. (Kasumi) Honolulu, Hawaii, Anthony Freeman (Melanie), Virginia Beach, Va., Chris Godfrey (Kathy), Hahira, Ga., Jason Freeman (Tracie), Terrance Freeman (Nicole), all of Valdosta; two daughters, Sonya Greene (Mark), St. Petersburg Fla., and Rhonda Bailey (Gerald) Valdosta; seven sisters, Bernistine Jackson, Iristine Stewart (George), Mary Lenard, Martha Gresham, Charlene Melvin, Shontina Tyler and Teresa Freeman Birdsong, all of Valdosta; six brothers, Grady Jackson (Hannah), Pastor Tony Jackson (Linnis), Darren Jackson, Derrick Jackson (Kim), Russell Jackson (Calandra) and Buddy Freeman, all of Valdosta; two sister-in-laws, Betty Alexander (Shun) and Fannie Forde; three brother-in-laws, Lawrence Tillman (Altmese), John Tillman (Jennie) and Carlton Tillman (Cheryl).

He also leaves behind two special friends, Mr. Joe Henry Sr. and Elder Leon Henderson.

He’ll be deeply missed by 24 grandchildren, 9 great- grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and sorrowing friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at New Life Ministries at 1 p.m. with Pastor Bernard Braswell officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be held today at New Life Ministries Church between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.  

Visit the website at to extend condolences to the family by signing the guestbook. — Stevens-McGhee Funeral Home in Quitman is in charge of the arrangements.

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