Bobby Ray Freeman

March 21, 1938May 2, 2018
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On Wednesday morning, May 2, 2018 Mr. Freeman was reunited with his beloved wife Barbara Poole Freeman. He was born March 21, 1938 to Willie Bell and Forrester Freeman.

Mr. Freeman was of the Baptist faith.

As a young man he served in the army and received an honorable discharge. He was a master craftsman in the furniture business for over sixty years. He began his career at Shaw Manufacturing in Charlotte, North Carolina. Then Mr. Freeman moved his family to Greenville, South Carolina to become the plant manager for Byrd Furniture Company. He later served as plant manager for McAfee Furniture, Park Place Furniture, and King Hickory Furniture. He shared his expertise in reupholstery with many interior designers and members of the Greenville community for decades.

He enjoyed spending time at the lake, fishing, hunting, traveling, and cheering on his CLEMSON TIGERS!!! He loved spending time with his family and going to Harrahs with his special friend Jean.

Mr. Freeman is survived by two daughters Debbie Mason (Dan) and Dawn Freeman; a son Tim Freeman (fiancé Cathy Hughes); two granddaughters Cammie Mason Vaughn (Ross) and Jessica Adams; and four great grandchildren Tyler Alewine, Madison Alewine, Mason Tucker Vaughn, and Mollie Elizabeth Vaughn.

Mr. Freeman is the last surviving member of his family. He was preceded in death by two sisters and seven brothers.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Bons Secours Cancer Center and of Open Arms Hospice for their care and support.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Open Arms Hospice 1836 West Georgia Road Simpsonville, SC 29680 or Cancer Society of Greenville 113 Mills Avenue Greenville, SC 29605.


  • Forrester Freeman, Father
  • Willie Bell Freeman, Mother
  • Barbara Poole Freeman, Wife
  • Debbie Mason, Daughter
  • Dan Mason, Son-in-law
  • Dawn Freeman, Daughter
  • Tim Freeman, Son
  • Cathy Hughes, Tim's Fiance
  • Cammie Mason Vaughn, Granddaughter
  • Ross Vaughn, Grandson-in-law
  • Jessica Adams, Granddaughter
  • Tyler Alewine, Great Grandchild
  • Madison Alewine, Great Grandchild
  • Mason Tucker Vaughn, Great Grandchild
  • Mollie Elizabeth Vaughn, Great Grandchild
  • Mr. Freeman was preceded in death by two sisters and seven brothers.

  • Open Arms Hospice
  • Cancer Society of Greenville


  • Visitation Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, May 6, 2018

Bobby Ray Freeman

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Haley Richardson

May 23, 2018

Mr. Freeman may be the best neighbor I've had. My husband and I enjoyed his company (even the ribbing he would give us) when we lived on Mayfair Lane and when we came back to tend the rental property. I'm sad he is gone. I'm confident he lived a full life. My thoughts are with you all.

Haley Richardson

Johnnie Yelton

May 4, 2018

Tim and Cathy,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for peace and comfort for you and your family. Sending big hugs and lots of Love. I love you both bunches.

Cathy Galloway

May 3, 2018

Dawn, I want to offer my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your father. The death of a parent is so difficult. The way you spoke about your dad, I know how much you loved him and will miss him. Please know that he is never far away. He gained his wings and now will be your guardian angel along with your mom. Hugs and prayers of comfort sent to you and your family. -Cathy Galloway