Edith Evans Freeman

November 9, 2009



Edith Evans Freeman, 92, passed away Monday, November 9, 2009, at the Kroontje Health Care Center, Warm Hearth Village, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Edith was born May 1, 1917, in Kelford, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents William Council Evans, Sr. and Mamie Fairless Evans Hoggard; her husband, Eugene Hoyt Freeman; her two sisters, Earlene Fairless and Annie Love Harrell; her brother, William C. Evans, Jr., her nephews, William David Harrell and David Evans.

Surviving are her daughter, Jane Evans Morris of Christiansburg, Virginia, her son Dr. Larry Eugene Freeman and wife, Dianne Jones-Freeman, of Blacksburg, Va., and her grandchildren, Dr. Jeremy Harmon Freeman and wife, Laura, of Blacksburg, Jonathan Jones Freeman and wife Dana, of Rocky Mount, Va., Shannon Morris Taylor and husband, Chris, and Thomas Kyle Morris of Knightdale, N.C. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren: Samuel Jacob Freeman, Luke Nathanael Freeman, Rebecca Claire Freeman, Cameron Thomas Taylor and Morgan Renee Taylor. Her nieces, Sharon Fairless Sharpe of Virginia Beach, Va., Rose Harrell Asbell, of Powellsville, N.C. and Susan Evans Rollins of San Diego, California, also survive her.

She was a longtime resident of Ahoskie, N.C., where she was active in church and community affairs. For many years she served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church of Ahoskie. For over 20 years she taught elementary school in Bertie, Northampton and Hertford Counties. More recently she was an associate member of Blacksburg Baptist Church.

A graveside service for family is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Highland Memorial Gardens, Ahoskie, followed by a memorial service at the First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, at 11:30 on Friday, November 13, 2009. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Warm Hearth Foundation, 2607 Warm Hearth Drive, Suite 100, Blacksburg, Va. 24060, Good Samaritan Hospice, 125 Arrowhead Trail, Christiansburg, Va. 24073, or the Library Fund at First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 649, Ahoskie, N.C. 27910. The Rev. Dr. Jesse Croom, retired, and the Rev. Daniel E. Glaze, pastor, First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, will officiate at the service.

Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg, VA, and Garrett-Jones Funeral Home, Ahoskie, NC.

Family and friends may send condolences and sign the online guestbook by visiting www.garrettjonesfh.com.

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Edward Askew
14 years ago

Larry your mother was a very fine Christian lady. As a youth growing up I remember her as one of the few female leaders of the Ahoskie First Baptist Church. The service you and Jane had for her was lovely. I hope you and your family are doing well. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kristie Freeman Plaga
14 years ago

I am Glenwood’s granddaughter. I remember seeing Edith at the family reunions while I swapped family stories with Larry. My sisters — Claudia, Jan and Karen — as well as myself, would like to offer our condolences to Jane and Larry.

We hope your days are filled with wonderful memories of your life with Edith and Eugene. We pray that God will be by your side in the days to come and give you strength and peace of mind. They are together once again in their heavenly peace.


Kristie Freeman Plaga

peter t koehler-pfotenhauer
14 years ago

I am the son of Hannah Uzzell, who Edith accepted so warmly when my mother moved to Ahoskie. My wife Nancy (Bazemore) and I are deeply saddened to hear and now read about Edith’s passing. Our condolences go to you and the family.

Peter and Nancy Koehler-Pfotenahuer

Laura and Tim Ward
14 years ago


We were so sorry to hear about your mother. Please know that we are thinking about you and your family at this time. Your mother was a lovely person.

With deepest sympathy,

Laura and Tim Ward

Thelbert Brown
14 years ago

I just want to pass on to my classmate Jane that I’m sorry about the loss of her mother and that my prayers and thoughts are with her and her family.

Stay strong.

Your classmate.


Margaret Newsome
14 years ago

My deepest sympathies to Jane and Larry and all of the family. I have fond memories of the many times that I spent at the home of the Freemans when I was a child. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this sad and difficult time.

Donna Pittman Baanante
14 years ago

Dear Larry and Jane Evans and to all your wonderful family: It is with great sadiness to learn of the passing of your mother. I have wonderful memories of her as a child both in our neighborhood and at church. She will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

With love and deepest sympathy,

Donna and George Baanante

Amy Joyner Hawkins
14 years ago

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Freeman’s passing. The FBC Ahoskie family was so blessed to have her for so many years.

Thinking of you,

Amy Joyner Hawkins

Bunny Askew Brady
14 years ago

Larry & Dianne

Mrs Freeman was a great friend to my grandmother, Martha Askew,when they both were living in Ahoskie and such a wonderful loving lady.