Billy Freeman was born January 17, 1937 in Rusk county Texas to Wiley and Dessie Freeman. He was raised up in Tatum and Longview with his brothers and sisters. He graduated from Tatum High School in 1955 and was offered a scholarship for football.
In 1955 Billy met the love of his life Shirley Davidson and were married on May the 8TH 1958. Billy Served the United States of America in the AIR FORCE for 4 years as an Air Police. He served on a base in Korea and Tawian. In the year 1959 they had their first child Teresa and then in 1961 they had their 2nd child Deborah. Then in 1967 they had their youngest child Wendy. Billy was surrounded by women and he loved every moment of it. Those girls, including Shirley, were the light of his day every day! He enjoyed bringing his girls to the farm to go fishing and tried to take them hunting but the young girls just couldn't stay quiet.
After Billy's girls grew up they blessed him with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Carrisa, Daniel, Jayson, Brianna, James, Jeremy, Elizabeth, Brooklyn, Madison, Carter, and Jacob. He also loved and welcomed all their spouses into the family as well. Billy was always surrounded by family who loved him.
Billy loved his wife, children, and grandchildren with his whole heart. He did his very best to make time and spend time with each and everyone. Having all his babies come visit really could turn any good day into a great day.
Billy loved his farm, cows, and every little pup he ever had. He was a great hunter and felt at home in the woods and anywhere outdoors. He was the strongest man I have ever known. Billy was not just physically strong though, he was also mentally strong. Billy would never compromise his beliefs and was a very honorable man. He stood tall his whole life and was very proud of the life he built.
Billy was diagnosed with cancer for the first time in 1992. In 1993 Billy Freeman accepted Jesus into his heart as his Lord and Savior. Billy was diagnosed again with cancer in 2015 and fought it to the very end when he came down with COVID.
Billy passed away October 4, 2021 in the early morning holding Shirley's hand and surrounded by his loved ones. His life was filled with so many people who loved him. Billy Frank Freeman was tough as nails. Men aren't men like that anymore.
The family will receive friends for a time of visitation on Friday, October 8, 2021 from 600 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Garden Court of Welch Funeral Home. A graveside services will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021at 3:00 p.m. at Chalk Hill Cemetery.
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