Edsel Maceo Free

April 22, 1928March 30, 2021

Edsel Maceo Free, 92, a resident of Randleman passed away on Tuesday March 30, 2021. He was born in Julian on April 22, 1928 the son of Lazelle and Sally Jane Comer Free.

Edsel was a graduate of Sedalia High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a retired postal carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of the Glenn Burleigh Concert Choir for many years and volunteered for various organizations for many years as well.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Annie Mae Curtis and his brothers, Lee, Arthur, Melvin and Roscoe Free.

Edsel is survived by his daughters, Bonita Free Hughes and husband John of Browns Summit, Maria Free Joyner and husband Andre of Greensboro; sons, Edsel L. Free and wife Julie of Bloomfield Hills, MI, Talton Free of Greensboro; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday April 5, 2021 at the Dr. Clyde M. Gilmore Memorial Park in Julian conducted by the Bishop Adrian Starks. Military Honors will be provided by the Randolph County Honor Guard.

Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel is serving the family.



  • Graveside Services

    Monday, April 5, 2021


  • Military honors performed by the Randolph County Honor Guard


Edsel Maceo Free

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Gail Howard

April 6, 2021

To the Family,
We have fond memories of your father.
He was always coming through to visit his friends & church members who were unfortunately hospitalized.He brought rays of Sunshine through our office on his way out...always humming or singing softly some cherished hymn. The pleasure was all ours .May you find comfort now knowing he’s singing in the Heavenly choir.
Respectfully Submitted
Ms. Howard

Sharon Chandler - Wilson

April 4, 2021

We extend condolences to the Free family on behalf of my father, Jerry Chandler. My Dad and Mr. Free have been friends for a very long time. We last saw your Mr. Free in 2017, after the passing of my Mother. Mr. Free and a friend travelled to Stokesdale, NC to find my Dad to see about him. They talked about old times in the military and some real funny stories. Before he left he placed $100 in my Dad’s hand. Let me not forget to say, the power had gone out and we were all sitting in the dark. (Smile) that visit brought comfort to my Dad. May God comfort you with memory sweet memories and with the peace of God to comfort you now and in the days to come.

Gloria Hightower-James

April 4, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with our son Brandon and his mother Marie! And the entire Free Family! May God continue to Bless and keep you all through your difficult time of sorrow. Praying for Peace and comfort through the coming days. Love Terry & Gloria James

Arthur Phinx

April 1, 2021

Gone from our sight but never from our hearts.
May GOD grant the Free family in abundance everything you need to get through the days, months and years ahead. This earthly void is Heaven's gain.

Arthur L. Phinx, Jr

Sandra Culmer

April 1, 2021

Sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the loss of Mr. Edsel Free. He was a beloved member of the Glen Burleigh Concert Choir. We give thanks for his joy and love that he always shared. May you find comfort in knowing he will be remembered warmly.
In deepest sympathy,
Sandra Culmer.