OBITUARY

Horace Holland Freeman

September 25, 1931June 12, 2021
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Horace Holland Freeman, of Athens, Ala, was born to Mason Clifton Freeman and Fraces Holland Freeman September 25, 1931. He was raised in Limestone County on the family farm on Nick Davis Road with his two brothers.

Horace graduated from Athens High School in 1949. His destination was Auburn University where he studied mathematics and science. He spent his nights sleeping in his favorite professor's basement while working on his moonshine recipe and losing a few good handkerchiefs in the process.

In 1950 he left the Loveliest Village on the Plains to enlist in the United States Airforce. Horace was stationed in Okinawa for 2 years and finished his service stationed in North Carolina. Horace returned to Limestone County after his honorable discharge and found the love of his heart, Dolores Thomas. He saw her walking with friends to a progressive dinner, pulled over to offer them a ride and she slid in the front seat. They have been a pair ever since. They married on April 20 and honeymooned in Florida in their cute swimsuits. Sixty-four years later she will still tell you he was the best husband anyone could ask for-they had something truly special. He always saw Dado, or as you know her, Dolores, as the most amazing and beautiful woman on the planet. He would stop and play her a beautiful song that reminded him of her and always told her how pretty she looked. He treasured their love.

Horace owned the full service Amoco station on the corner of 31 and Forrest, where he served the people of Athens and Limestone County. He showed them a little of the strong dependable man that we as his family cherished. When the age of full service moved to the quick stop Horace left the business and went to Saginaw as a quality control engineer.

His retirement from Saginaw started his chicken farming adventure with Aviagen. We grandkids roller skated on those freshly poured slabs and then spent many a day running through those chicken houses in hairnets and blue coveralls...Until the new wore off and we realized how stinky it was, and how mean roosters were.

Those chicken houses are still in operation today. He hasn’t managed day-to-day operations in recent years, but he definitely kept an eye on things. Everyone remembers the broken neck incident with the great fall into a pile of chicken poop… He just had to make sure the nests, slats and houses were cleaned out properly.

Horacey always worked in the wings. Those big hands held us up from the sidelines or theatre seats, never taking center stage. Always watching and encouraging us to be our best. He loved each of us for who we are and we were so lucky he was ours. He shared his quiet strength and humble grace pouring into each of our lives. He kept flowers blooming and squirrels well fed. His garden would always flourish and his knives were always sharp. I have the scar to prove it. He always cut up your fruit and fixed your snack plate, or ran a bowl down the road to your house.

He could cook a mean breakfast and made the best grilled cheese- it had those crispy cheese edges. He liked his paper towels plentiful, shirts with heavy starch, a nice warm vest, a belt with his suspenders- because a man can never be too prepared, and his Auburn Tigers. He loved his babies- big and small, young and old. He loved to spoil and we loved to be spoiled. He showed us what a good husband, father and grandfather looked like. We know what it means to be loved, and how to love in return.

Horace went to be with his Saviour at 12:15 am June 12, 2021 surrounded by his wife and family. He leaves behind a beautiful legacy and a family that loves him. He is survived by his wife, Dolores Freeman; his children, son, Horace Holland “Butch” Freeman, Jr., wife Beverly; daughter, Roslyn Freeman Pressnell, husband Mark; daughter, Masi Elizabeth Freeman; brother, Don Freeman; his grandchildren, Holly Wood, husband Andy; Morgan Pressnell, wife Alex; Maegen Wilhite, husband Scott. He was blessed with six great grandchildren Holland Andrew Wood, Mamie Ashlyn Pressnell, Asa Gray Wood, Harrison Scott Wilhite, Michael Lane Pressnell, and Oliver Freeman Wilhite. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mason and Frances Freeman, and brother, Ward Freeman.

Pallbearers are Morgan Pressnell, Andy Wood, Scott Wilhite, Wil Stewart, Thomas Stewart, Evan Stewart, Sam Stewart and Holland Wood. Honorary pallbearers are Ben Freeman, Rocky Stewart, Steven Stewart, Harrison Wilhite, Lane Pressnell, Oliver Wilhite and Wyatt Stewart.

Horacey, you have sowed faithfully, and your harvest is plentiful.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 14, 2021

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Phyllis Todd

June 15, 2021

He was the best supervisor I ever had by far! my thoughts and prayers are with the family

Amanda Anderson Kughn

June 14, 2021

I have so many fond memories of staying at Horace and Dado’s house when I was young. I would spend the night and swim all day with Holly, Morgan and Meagan. Every summer I looked forward to that trip! Horace was always so loving and kind. He always treated me like one of the grandkids. I wish I could be there today! Love you all

Jennifer Hooper

June 14, 2021

I am so sorry for each of you. This precious man will leave an enormous void in our world. I will always remember him with a smile on his face enjoying his family. All who knew him knew you were all his JOYS. I also will remember him as the epitome of a Southern Gentleman. I will miss him, but also take comfort in knowing he is still smiling but just in a new location.:) You EACH are in my prayers! I love you all!
Jerry and Jennifer Gray Hooper

Jerry & Louise Todd

June 13, 2021

Your family has truly been blessed with this loving man. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you . The story of his life is one of the most sweet and memory filled that I’ve read.

Don Bradford

June 13, 2021

Horace, was a very fine Christian man. He took care of all our automobiles when I worked at McConnell Funeral Home

Bill And Cynthia Arnold

June 13, 2021

So sorry for loss of your dad. He was a gentleman and fine person.

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