GASTONIA - Bobby Ray Freeman Sr., SSgt US Army, Ret., 81, died April 23, 2014, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center.
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He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Roy and Mae Freeman.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan and a brother, Donald.
Bob joined the Coast Guard at age 15 then the US Army at age 16 serving for 21 years with service in Korea and Vietnam and was a participant in Operation Tea Pot in Nevada. He retired as a Staff Sergeant from the 7th Special Forces Group.
Survivors include his wife of fifty two years Rika Gehm Freeman; sons, Donald and Brenda Freeman, Bobby Freeman, Jr., David and Cindy Freeman, Larry and Angie Freeman, Tommy and Allison Freeman; brothers, Ray and Darlene Freeman, Larry Freeman; sister, Martie and Joe Harris and Grandchildren, Summer Ann Wilson, Bobby, Jennifer, Ethan, Erika, and Paigelan Freeman.
A visitation will be held from 1 until 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia with a funeral to follow at 3 p.m. in the Founders Chapel with Pastor John Mayberry officiating.
Entombment will be in Gaston Memorial Park with military honors rendered by the US Army Honor Guard, Ft. Bragg.
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Mr. Freeman.
McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette on Apr. 25, 2014