OBITUARY

Marcus Antonio Freeman Jr.

September 14, 1934September 4, 2016
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Dr. Marcus Antonio Freeman, Jr. of Dallas, Texas, died September 4, 2016, at home. He was born September 14, 1934, in Smithville, Texas, to Pastor Marcus Antonio Lucas Freeman and Willie B. Wilburn Freeman. Marcus was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, under the leadership of Pastor Richie Butler. He graduated from Wheatley High School in San Antonio, Texas. Marcus proudly served his country in the United States Army. He continued his education at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, graduating with a master’s degree. In 1972, he earned a Doctorate of Education at East Texas State, now Texas A&M University - Commerce. Dr. Freeman retired from the Dallas Independent School District as an administrator. He was an avid tennis player and instructor, and he received the USTA Youth Tennis Program Award in 2013, was inducted into the Black Tennis Hall of Fame in 2015, and received the Tennis Award by the City of Plano in 2016. He was active in the Freeman Junior Tennis Program and CYD Program; also he was publisher of BT Magazine. Marcus is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Edward Freeman; and sister, Willie B. Jefferson. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jacquelyn Smith Freeman, and their son, Vijay Freeman; son, Marcus Antonio Freeman III, and daughter, Carol Freeman, from his previous marriage to Ada Freeman (deceased); two grandchildren, Tommie Lee Robinson and Candelara Freeman; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, September 14, 2016
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 15, 2016
  • Committal Service Thursday, September 15, 2016
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Marcus Antonio Freeman Jr.

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Gwendolyn Williams-Caviness

April 9, 2017

I am so sadden to know that I didn't hear about Dr. Freeman's death. To the family, I offer my condolences. God bless you!

Boukan Collins

October 10, 2016

I am deeply saddened to learn that Dr. Marcus A. Freeman, Jr. has passed away. Dr. Freeman stood among the tennis community's greatest. Through the pages of Black Tennis Magazine, he tirelessly dedicated himself to saluting and chronicling achievement in the sport at all levels, throughout the nation and beyond. Since 1977, his publication has served as a journalistic foundation upon which the African-American-led tennis community can stand with a great sense of pride: an enduring legacy.
It has been my privilege to serve as a contributing writer for Black Tennis Magazine. Via emails and telephone communications, Dr. Freeman provided me with invaluable advice and guidance in preparing articles. I will always be grateful for his guidance, patience and kindness. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and students of this distinguished and beloved gentleman.

September 25, 2016

To the Freeman Family,
With deep sympathy from your friends at this time of sadness.
Love always,
Willie James and Harriette Hunter Sr., and family

September 25, 2016

To the Freeman Family,
With deep sympathy from your friends at this time of sadness.
Love always,
Willie James and Harriette Hunter Sr., and family

Karla Givens

September 16, 2016

To the Freeman family, It was such a shocker looking through the obituary and seeing our neighbor of 20 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

George Wallace

September 14, 2016

What an amazing man. I was so shocked to hear of Mr. Freeman's transition. Mr. Freeman has strung many of tennis rackets for me. It was always a pleasure going into the Kiest Park tennis shop and just talking to him. He will be truly missed. My prayers and condolences go out to the family.

Willie Roberson

September 14, 2016

Jackie, and family I am sorry to hear of Marcus' cross over. He will be missed. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

September 14, 2016

I am truly shocked to hear of my friend Marcus Freeman's passing. We competed on the tennis court many times. It was always a battle. I feel for Vijay in this toughest of hours. May the Lord watch over you and take care of this entire family. I know I will miss Marcus and will keep him in my memory forever. Courtney Henderson

September 14, 2016

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
With All Our Love,
St. Paul UMC
Dallas, Tx
Communion Steward Ministry
Rev. Richie L. Butler Sr. Pastor
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Florida Murphy

September 14, 2016

Jackie and Family

Please accept my sincerest condolences in the Homegoing of Dr. Freeman. It was always such a pleasure, seeing him over the past few years, at St. Paul UMC.

May you find comfort in knowing that he has made the Transition to Eternal Life.

Biography

Dr. Marcus Antonio Freeman, Jr. of Dallas, Texas, died September 4, 2016, at home. He was born September 14, 1934, in Smithville, Texas, to Pastor Marcus Antonio Lucas Freeman and Willie B. Wilburn Freeman. Marcus was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, under the leadership of Pastor Richie Butler. He graduated from Wheatley High School in San Antonio, Texas. Marcus proudly served his country in the United States Army. He continued his education at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, graduating with a master’s degree. In 1972, he earned a Doctorate of Education at East Texas State, now Texas A&M University - Commerce. Dr. Freeman retired from the Dallas Independent School District as an administrator. He was an avid tennis player and instructor, and he received the USTA Youth Tennis Program Award in 2013, was inducted into the Black Tennis Hall of Fame in 2015, and received the Tennis Award by the City of Plano in 2016. He was active in the Freeman Junior Tennis Program and CYD Program; also he was publisher of BT Magazine. Marcus is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Edward Freeman; and sister, Willie B. Jefferson. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jacquelyn Smith Freeman, and their son, Vijay Freeman; son, Marcus Antonio Freeman III, and daughter, Carol Freeman, from his previous marriage to Ada Freeman (deceased); two grandchildren, Tommie Lee Robinson and Candelara Freeman; and a host of other relatives and friends.