James Freeman

Aug 01, 2013

In Loving Memory

WAYNESVILLE —  James Jonathan Freeman, 68, of Cagle Drive, entered into his Heavenly home Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

Mr. Freeman was born May 9, 1945, in Charlotte, and was the son of the late, Jonathan Ward Freeman and the late Etta Mae Parris Freeman.  He was a loving father and grandfather and a loving husband.   Mr. Freeman was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served 13 months of duty in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.  He served in the 2nd BN 34th armor division achieving the  rank of E5 and also served as a mechanic  supervisor over 14 men during his enlistment. After his military career, he was employed as a carpenter and became a talented wood craftsman. James loved working with wood and he helped build many homes throughout Haywood County.  His faith was an important part of his life and he loved the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior.

He is survived by his wife of nine years, Joyce Buchanan Freeman of Waynesville; his sons, Mark Freeman and his wife, Tina Freeman, of Clyde, Terry Freeman and his wife, Kim Freeman, of Marion and James Freeman of Charlotte; grandchildren, Ariel Freeman, Chris Freeman, Taryn Freeman, and Avery Freeman; stepchildren, Laura Brown of Sylva, Jamie Ensley of Cherokee and Wayne Green Jr. of Sylva; sisters, Shirley Ruff of Shelby and Betty Murray of Hayesville; step-grandchildren, Lasha, Jackson, Destiny, Kalista, Wayne, Emily and Landon.

A funeral service with military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4,  in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home with the Revs.Tim Cagle, Donald Ensley and Betty Drake officiating.  The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Freeman family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com.