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Larry Wayne Freeman

November 30, 1948February 9, 2021
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MCPO Larry Wayne Freeman, age 72, Past away Feb. 9, 2021 In his Jacksonville, Florida Home.

Larry was born in Talladega, Alabama on November 30, 1948 to William Edward Freeman and Ruby Runette Strickland Freeman. He had two brothers and a sister (Lawarence, Ray and Gay). He attended Talladega High School and married his high school sweetheart Patsy Anne Wheatt. He was drafted in 1969 and enlisted into the US Navy. Where he excelled as a US Servicemen. He retired from the US Navy in 1992 after 23 years as a Master Chief Petty Officer. Anybody who knew him knows he was a true patriot who loved his country.

He and Pat have two daughters Deborah Cowart (Randall) and Kimberly Hill (Joe) and 6 grandchildren (Brandon, Ashleigh, Kayla, Cameron, Andrew and Emily) and two great grandchildren (Levi and Lexi) He loved hunting, fishing, motorcycles, fast cars and woodworking , but his greatest passion was shooting skeet. He was a life member of the Jacksonville Gun Club, a member of the National Rifle Association and a competition skeet shooter for the US Navy. Larry was also a member of the Masons.

Larry was preceded in death by both his parents William Edward Freeman and Ruby Strickland Freeman, his sister Gay Freeman Hamby, his brother Ray Freeman and his granddaughter Ashley Elaine Cowart. He is survived by his wife Patsy Anne Wheatt Freeman, his two daughters Deborah Cowart (Randall) and Kimberly Hill (Joe), his grandchildren Brandon, Kayla, Cameron, Andrew and Emily, his two great grandchildren Levi and Lexi, his brother Lawarence, a numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

His service will be held on Feb 25, 2021 at 11:00 am at Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park and Funeral Home at 7242 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville Florida 32205, Inurnment at 1:30 pm at Jacksonville National Cemetery 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville Florida 32218.

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  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Odie Thomas

February 24, 2021

We send our deepest prayers to Pat and family for the passing of her husband Larry , We send our love thoughts and prayers during this sad time. May god continue to shed his blessings upon you all during this journey and guide you all through this. Love always.

Odie Thomas & family

W Wayne Bostic

February 23, 2021

He was always a friendly face, and went out of his way to make sure everything was going to the best. He certainly will be missed at Jax Clays. He was like one of Pillars of the place. His presence will be missed. Wayne Bostic

Kayla Hill

February 14, 2021

To this day I still hold that memory of when you first took me to my first time shooting that twelve gauge shotgun when I was 15 close to my heart. I practically grew up on your lap, and I'm going to miss you and the hour long talks we have of going to Utah to see the rock formations on those mountain trails.

Now you're up above, probably have a scope on some politician or another, but you'll always be my papa and I'll always love you

Misky Harris

February 13, 2021

Larry, thank you for the years of loyalty to country, family, & friends. Sharing your wealth of knowledge & wisdom to anyone who needed it, teaching so many to shoot including my husband, Mike, & being my champion & friend when he could no longer. You are truly one of the good guys. Hope the heavens are filled with feathered & clay birds & you’re tearing em up!! My heartfelt sympathy & prayers to Pat, your children, & family. Misky Harris

Judi Strickland

February 13, 2021

What a true gator fan. A very nice man. Love and prayers to the family pat and kids. RIP.

Deborah Cowart

February 13, 2021

Dad you taught us many lessons and a lot of wisdom. You took me hunting birds and taught me to run bird dogs. We spent many a day on a boat in lakes and rivers fishing. I remember one time going down to Silver Springs in our boat and feeding monkeys cheetos. The days riding on your Harley were some of the most fun. We rode just about every weekend down A1A to St Augustine and I loved it. I always felt like the coolest kid in Kindergarten getting picked up on that bike. We spent a lot of time at the gun range together, I think I spent most of my childhood at the gun range either at Cecil Field gun range and next door at the Jacksonville Rod and Gun Club or Jacksonville Gun Club. You had me shooting from the time I was six. You always found ways to keep me from getting bored at the range during shoots. I was pulling targets or picking up shells and sorting them, just to keep me busy. We spent many a day reloading shells out in the shop together as well. I will always remember the times we worked on wood together as that was something else you liked to do. I got to help make my own toy box. You brought home a huge ammo box and you turned in inside out and we sanded it down stained it and made a cushioned lid to sit on. You taught me to measure twice and cut once. You spent a lot of time at sea being in the Navy and were gone a lot but when you were home we spent a lot of time together and you always made sure we made it home to Alabama to see the family. I remember one year for Christmas you took me to see Christmas lights and let me drive the van sitting in your lap so Santa could come early before we left for Alabama. I thought I was little miss big shot. You taught me and Kim both about pride in our country, our flag and to respect our Military. Every evening as the sun went down and taps was played we would face the flag and stand at attention our right hands over our hearts. We have passed down that patriotism to our own children. We will always honor you Dad RIP

Tarsha Lewis

February 12, 2021

Sending my love and prayers Pat to you and your family. So sorry for your loss

Crystal Fuller

February 12, 2021

I will always remember sharing birthdays and remembering all the times I would anxiously await you and Aunt Pat to get to Nanny’s while I was little. You will forever be missed.

Cathy Franck

February 12, 2021

Our deepest condolences to you upon the passing of Larry. God Bless Pat and family

Mauntez Mayer

February 12, 2021

I am so very sorry for your loss! You all are in my thoughts and prayers! May God comfort you during this difficult time!!🙏🙏🕯🕯🎁

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