Douglas Alexander Freeman

February 6, 1971March 7, 2019

Last Thursday, the world got a little less sweet. Douglas Freeman unexpectedly left this earth, leaving behind the love of his life and partner in all things, Bradshaw Orrell. Douglas left legions of two-legged and four-legged friends, including people he and Bradshaw met on their many adventures. Douglas never met a stranger. He lit up every room and brought people to tears of laughter with his one of a kind stories and his pitch-perfect accents, lovingly mimicking an old friend from Brooklyn, a new friend from India, or favorite lines from a song or movie. If Douglas, with so many talents and passions—from horses to dogs, to painting, to interior design and more— could be summed up in one phrase, it would be: the sweetest man ever. Douglas and Bradshaw met in an Italian class at University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1990, where they became inseparable, and each other’s muse. After UNCG, they headed to Savannah College of Art and Design, where Douglas’ artistic talent blossomed. The couple then set off on a life of creativity, bringing beauty and love to people, homes, furniture showrooms, hotels and restaurants around the country. In Washington, D.C., Douglas began painting large-scale gestural landscapes. Exploding in popularity, his paintings grace some of the country’s most beautiful homes. Douglas was born to Marilyn Badget Freeman and Robert Alexander Freeman III on February 6, 1971 in Asheville, North Carolina. His first passion in life was riding horses. As an incredibly accomplished Three-Day Eventer, Douglas would jump five-foot fences at great speed, then elegantly switch gears to the Dressage portion of the competition, winning awards in an exacting form of riding requiring infinite grace. Douglas is survived by his lifelong partner and great love, Bradshaw Orrell, his mother and father, Marilyn and Bob Freeman, his brother, Brad Freeman (Cassie), sister-in-law, Kerrie Orrell (John Ellison), as well as his beloved dogs, Trudy and Gardner. He was the favorite uncle to his four nephews and one niece, Chase Freeman, Sully Freeman, Selena Drees, Zane Drees and Jonas Drees. A service honoring Douglas will be held Tuesday, March 12th at 2pm at Holy Trinity Church in Greensboro. Bradshaw and family invite everyone to a celebration of Douglas’ life at the home of Kerrie and John Ellison, 1001 Country Club Drive immediately after the service until six-thirty pm. To honor Douglas, gather your loved ones, make a vodka and soda, trade your most fun Douglas stories, try on a new accent, and hug your dogs close. In honor of Douglas, Bradshaw has set up a fund to support young artists. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Douglas A. Freeman Artist Fund, Care of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, 330 South Greene Street, Suite 100, Greensboro, N.C 27401. Online condolences may be offered at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm chapel is assisting the family.


  • Robert and Marilyn Badgett Freeman III, Parents
  • Bradshaw Orrell, Partner
  • Brad Freeman and wife Cassie, Brother
  • Kerrie Orrell and husband John Ellison, Sister-in-law
  • Chase and Sully Freeman and Zane and Jonas Drees, Nephews
  • Selena Drees, Niece

  • Douglas A. Freeman Artist


  • Service of Remembrance Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • Celebration of Douglas' Life (following the service) Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Douglas Alexander Freeman

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Tammy Arnold

March 15, 2019

Dear Bradshaw and family,
I am so sad to hear of your loss. I do remember Douglas as a sweet man and so very creative. I have fond memories of your carriage house in Greensboro and all the things you made together.
Wishing you peace and positive thoughts.

juan perez

March 14, 2019


Lindsey Bledsoe

March 13, 2019

I am thinking of you both while sending lots of my love and positive vibes to you both and yours <3

Nancy Lynn Watson

March 11, 2019

Bob, Marilyn, Bradshaw and family, Sad to hear of your loss. I am very sorry to hear of Douglas's passing. While I did not get to know him, he sounds like an amazing man with a true zest for living. May your memories of the special person he was bring you great comfort. Thinking of you.

Jimmie Ruth Speeks

March 11, 2019

Bob, Marilyn and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Holding you in thoughts and prayers.

Kendra Leonard

March 11, 2019

I'm so very sorry. Doug and I rode together at the Biltmore stables, and I remember him as a warm and encouraging friend, a caring and sparkling and wonderful person. The world is truly less bright without him here. All my love to Bradshaw and the Freeman family.

Ron Bromley

March 10, 2019

Bob and Marilyn,

"the same loving God who has cared for you yesterday will take care of you tomorrow and everyday. God will shield you from suffering and give you unfailing strength to bear it." We are with you.