Morris Lee “Pete” Freeman

December 23, 1944 - February 17, 2023

12/23/1944 - 02/17/2023

Past Services

Monday February 20, 2023
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Funeral Service
Monday February 20, 2023
12:00 pm
Highland Memorial Gardens
US 13 South, 109 Ward Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910

HARRELLSVILLE, NC – Morris Lee “Pete” Freeman, age 78, of Freeman Lane, passed away peacefully, early morning on Friday, February 17, 2023 at his home.

Mr. Freeman was born on December 23, 1944 to the late Otis Crandle and Ruby Morris Freeman in Colerain, NC. Pete and longtime business partner, Tom, spent their careers operating Freeman Metal from 1973 until his retirement in 2010. He enjoyed traveling to their manufacturing plants in Alabama and Texas. He was a member of the Casket and Funeral Supply Association of North America, member of Chinquapin Hunting Club, and Mars Hill Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time following his two daughters playing sports for Ridgecroft. Pete had a tremendous love of fishing. In his younger years he traveled the Regional Circuit for Bass Fishing. After retirement, traveling to his Florida home on the International Coastal Waterway where he enjoyed tarpon fishing. Pete was a great husband, father, brother, business partner, and will be deeply missed.

Pete is survived by his wife, Shirley Lawrence Freeman, two daughters, Rocky Lawrence Freeman of Greenville, NC, and Lee Morris Hux and husband Michael Travis Hux of Kill Devil Hills, NC; a grandson, Lawrence Crandle Hux of Kill Devil Hills; a granddaughter, Ashlyn Riley Hux of Kill Devil Hills; a sister, Frances F. Bracy of Ahoskie, and his longtime business partner, Tom Fretwell (Carol Jean Fretwell).

The family will receive friends on Monday, February 20, 2023, from 10:30 am until 11:30 am at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC with a celebration of life graveside service at 12:00 pm at Highland Memorial Gardens, Ahoskie, NC, with Pastor Johnny Outlaw officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ridgecroft School, 420 NC Highway 11, Ahoskie, NC 27910 or online by clicking here or a charity of choice.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Freeman family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Allen & Erlene Joyner
1 year ago

Shirley, We are thinking of you at this time. Morris was a good man and will be missed by many. May God give you peace and comfort at this time!

Wendy and Jim Quattlebaum
1 year ago

Pete was a good man and will be missed by many!

Cindy and Earl Johnson
1 year ago

So sorry to hear this. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Dalphine Simmons-Guion
1 year ago

Please accept my most sincere condolences in the lost of your husband. I will think of you & your family as I pray for comfort in the days to come. Our friendship goes back to Mom Helen. If there is anything I can do, we are only a phone call away. The Simmons Family

Is Sarah,Conner Turner
1 year ago

So very sorry to hear aboutPete , We’ll keep you all in my prayers Shirley Rocky,Lee and And the rest of the family my God be with each and every one of you at this special time love you owl.

Kay and Woody Vinson
1 year ago

So sad to hear this news. Morris Lee has been a friend since childhood. Sending love and prayers to Francis and Shirley and family.

Selma Tyler
1 year ago

My condolences to the family. Pete will truly be missed. Being my boss for 21 years he was a great man to work with. My prayers for comfort and peace in this time of grief.

June Warren
1 year ago

So sad to hear this. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kay and Judd Byrd
1 year ago

Frances, Shirley, Rocky and Lee, we are so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers and hugs sent your way.

Johnny Jenkins
1 year ago

Pete was a good man and helped me greatly in the 20 years I worked for him. Will never forget the awesome fishing trips and talks.