James "Jimmy" Freeman

October 1, 1969December 2, 2018
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James “Jimmy” Freeman, 49, passed away Sunday afternoon, December 2, 2018.

Jimmy was born October 1, 1969 in Charlotte, NC, he is the son of Jeff and Mary Clontz Freeman of Charlotte.

Jimmy loved his family and loved all the things we did together, especially family reunions. He loved Duke Basketball, the Atlanta Braves and the Panthers. He graduated from West Charlotte High School in 1987. He is a member of Derita Baptist Church and loved gospel music. He loved his memories of living on Wilson Lane. He loved his Mama!

He was currently employed by Iron Mountain in Charlotte, NC and worked part-time as security at the Panther games. He was a volunteer fireman for 20 years.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his siblings, John Freeman and wife, Jane, Robin Owensby and husband, Jamie, Debbie Hutto and husband, Tim and Carol Burnette and husband, Rodney; an aunt and uncle, Linda and Jerry Helms and 10 nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John Swindell Clontz and Georgie Clontz; and an aunt and uncle, Dora Jane and Willard Efird.

Friends may visit from 6 to 9 pm Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at McEwen Funeral Service, 6300 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262. Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 pm Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Derita Baptist Church, 2835 West Sugar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262 with Pastors Steve Adams and Tom Daigle officiating.

Committal services and burial will take place in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

In lieu flowers, contributions in memory of Jimmy Freeman may be made to Derita Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, December 6, 2018

James "Jimmy" Freeman

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Debbie Hutto

December 10, 2018

We are going to miss you our little brother. You were such a presence in our lives, and our hearts are breaking losing you so soon.
Our family will never be the same..... Sometimes we all take things for granted, even life itself. I just wish I could tell you how much I loved you just one more time.

You always made me smile when you called me the "KOHLS" Queen..... really going to miss that. :(
I know our God will always protect you Jimmy.... that is our only comfort right now.
Love and hugs sweet brother, until we see you again!!! xoxo

Mitzi (Kirkley) Smith

December 4, 2018

Prayers for the Freeman family...I know Jimmy will be missed!

Karen Grayson Zitek

December 4, 2018

Praying for the Freeman family during this time of loss! We have wonderful memories growing up as neighbors and spending many summer days together.

David Yarborough

December 4, 2018

Jimmy my brother in fire and rescue why did you have to depart from us so soo.

I am going to miss you always calling me to ask what traffic conditions were when you drove a truck.

I am also going to miss the times we always met for breakfast and talked about the good old times with fire/rescue in Cabarrus County.

I will also enjoy the good times running calls and doing stand-by's together.

Rest in peace my brother


Sharon Grayson Ashmore

December 4, 2018

We have such great memories growing up with the Freeman family and Jimmy. Mom remembers babysitting for Jimmy. We are thinking of you all and sending lots of love, hugs and prayers your way. The Grayson Family