Larry Kenneth "Slick" Freeman
1940 - 2021
Beam Funeral Service & Crematory - Marion
2170 Rutherford Rd
Marion, NC
Larry Kenneth "Slick" Freeman

August 20, 1940 - October 15, 2021

Larry Kenneth "Slick" Freeman, 81, of Marion, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, October 15, 2021, after an extended illness.

Born on August 20, 1940, in Long Island, New York, he was the son of the late Roy Freeman and Evelyn Hill Lakey. In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Irma Hensley Freeman; and son, Gregory Kenneth Freeman.

Larry proudly served in the United States Navy and is a retiree of the North Carolina Prison System. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather and loved to be outside. He coached youth baseball for Pleasant Gardens Elementary for many years and left a lasting legacy to all who knew him. Larry loved his family more than anything and was proud of each of them.

Left to cherish his memory are his son, Joey and his wife, Alice of Marion; his daughter, Jacquie Grady and her husband, Bryan of Morganton; his son, Kenneth of Marion; and Melody Freeman of Marion. He left behind five grandchildren, Ashley Kerlee and husband, Brandon of Old Fort, Jordan Smallwood and husband, Bryan of Villa Rica, Georgia, Aaron Freeman and fiancée, Autumn Tate of Nebo, Nicholas and Ethan Freeman of Marion; and a great-grandson, Konnor Kerlee. He also had a host of nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly, especially Becky Hensley Greer of Morganton.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at Beam Funeral Home with the Reverend Dr. Eddy Bunton officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow at McDowell Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Attn: Processing Center, P.O. Box 947765, Atlanta, GA 30394.

Beam Funeral Service is assisting the Buchanan family. For further information and/or to sign the guestbook, please visit our website,, or call 828-559-8111.

Published by The McDowell News on Oct. 17, 2021.
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I will miss seeing my friend, always a pleasure being around him, RIP Larry
Ken Hollifield
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