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Benjamin Austin Freeman Jr. Obituary
POQUOSON - Benjamin Austin Freeman, Jr., age 77, passed away after a lengthy illness on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Austin was preceded in death by his parents, Lillie Butler & Benjamin Austin Freeman Sr.; his sister, Lillie Marie Benton; and his brother, Paul Ray Freeman. He leaves to embrace his memory his wife, Melba Blewett Freeman; two sons, Timothy A. Freeman and wife, Donna Eller Freeman, and Richard Kelly Freeman; his "favorite granddaughter", Samantha Marie Freeman; and his "favorite grandson", Benjamin Alan Freeman. He also leaves his sister, Joyce Freeman Tracy; brother-in-law, Paul Benton; sisters-in-law, Mattie B. Flowers and Pamela B. Mann; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, including two very devoted cousins, Etta B. Thompson and Marion "Snookie" B. Shields. Austin graduated from Poquoson High School, Class of '55, and from the IBEW's electrical apprenticeship program. Initially he worked as an electrician for several local contractors but he retired from Newport News Shipbuilding in 2000 after 41 years of service. The family will receive friends Tuesday, 2:00-3:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, immediately followed by a funeral service at 3:00 PM at the funeral home by Pastor Dan Cromer of Emmaus Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton. At other times the family will be at the home. In lieu of flowers the family recommends contributions to the Poquoson Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squads, P. O. Box 2099, Poquoson, VA, 23662. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com Deep appreciation is expressed to Cindy Persons who often helped with Austin's care during his lengthy illness and to the Friends Sunday School Class of Emmaus Baptist Church for their fervent prayers and food provided. Appreciation is also expressed to Riverside Hospice for the professional and caring concern they exhibited in this very trying time for him and his family.
Published in Daily Press on Apr. 6, 2014
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