James M. Freeman, 91, formerly of Beaumont, passed away peacefully January 24, 2014 in Tomball, TX. James was born January 19, 1923 in Silsbee, TX to Lee and Dula Denby Freeman. James lived in Beaumont until moving closer to his son, Larry, about three years ago. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for over 60 years. During this time he served on the Deacon Board and many other positions such as singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School and working with various age groups. James lived his faith every day of his life. He was a kind and gentle soul who loved with an open heart. He was devoted to his wife of 50 years, Melba, who preceded him in death in 2005. Besides being very active in his church James was a Master Mason for over 50 years. He also loved bowling and played on a team with his co-workers from Mobil Oil. He began working at Mobil Oil after returning from the military and retired after 40 years in the paint division of Mobil Chemical Coating. During WWII James served overseas in the Army in the European theater and was injured while in Italy. Among the medals he received was a Purple Heart for the injuries he sustained. James was a patriot who believed it was his duty to serve his country. James was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 1 sister. He is survived by his son, Larry Freeman and his wife, Karen, of Tomball, TX; a grandson, Jason Freeman and his wife, DeAnn, of Richmond, TX; a great-granddaughter, Avry; brother, Bradford Freeman, of Nederland and a sister, Mozelle Broussard, of Beaumont. A gathering of family and friends will be held Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Magnolia Springs Cemetery in Magnolia Springs, TX.
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Claybar-Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home & Cemetery
1155 N 11Th St
Beaumont, TX 77702
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Jan. 27, 2014