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Katy Funeral Home

23350 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX

OBITUARY

William C Freeman

July 18, 1939June 6, 2019

WILLIAM CHARLES (PICKY) FREEMAN

Charles passed away peacefully on June 6, 2019 due to complications with Parkinson’s Disease. His longtime partner and loving husband, Aaron Ellisor, was with him when he made his transition at their lovely beachfront home in Bermuda Beach, Galveston, Texas. The sound of the surf, the powerful wind, and beautiful sky was a perfect place to experience this release.

Charles was born on July 18, 1939 in Shreveport, LA. He attended Fair Park High School where he was an active member of R.O.T.C. and after that, graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, where he made many life-long friends. He joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Fort Hood, TX.

Charles had wonderful memories of his college days at L.S.U. His lifelong friends would talk for days about their experiences. Special love to Corky, Walter, ToTo, Bob and Jim, and all his LSU buddies.

After graduating from college, he became a Draftsman at Humble Oil & Refining Company in Houston, TX. He was co-owner of National Business Forms and National Graphics with longtime business partner and friend, Jim Jump. He then created Marion Graphics, named after his beloved mother, which later became known as The Marion Group/Marion Integrated Marketing with his partner Aaron Ellisor. The Marion Group was a very successful advertising and marketing agency that offered exemplary customer service and extravagant concepts, designs and programs for Houston’s top businesses. Although a local agency, Marion created marketing and ad campaigns that were used all over the world. Over the years, Marion became one of the premier agencies in Houston and won many awards for outstanding achievement locally and internationally. Marion Integrated Marketing continues its work today under new ownership and has expanded to several cities in Texas.

Charles was involved in many charitable organizations and one of his proudest accomplishments was being President of The Assistance Fund. The organization was created to help pay insurance premiums for people diagnosed with AIDS. The assistance clients received paid COBRA insurance premiums after they lost their jobs, due to this devastating illness. It literally gave them hope and greatly needed funding for treatment at a time when the diagnosis of AIDS was a death sentence for most people.

Charles was passionate about his religious beliefs and was a devoted supporter and member of Unity Church of Christianity in Houston. Charles was involved in helping create and execute many fundraising efforts as the church expanded into what it is today. He also loved his visits to Unity Village and was very happy to be involved in helping in the Fountain Restoration Project and the Tower Project.

He was an aspiring Artist, loved impressionism and mastered a style similar to famous artist Henri Toulouse Lautrec. Charles loved to travel the world. He loved his wonderful vacations to France (Paris, Marseille, Toulouse), London, Hawaii, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil and Italy. Traveling with Charles and Aaron was always fun. Charles had a keen wit about him. His little zingers would keep everyone smiling. Things you would not expect him to say, just popped out! Charles and Aaron kept people laughing and they truly were a great comedy team. Charles played it straight and Aaron would play the dizzy blonde! After 39 years together, they basically had the routine down. Their love was strong, unconditional and filled with joy and life.

Charles was an inspiration to those he knew and was loved by all. He was a kind, gentle, compassionate and loving husband, brother, uncle and friend. He was a brilliant business man, with the great ability to lead his organizations to the highest achievements, always displaying integrity and strength. Charles leaves a legacy to those in his life and was a great example of how to live life, always leading with love, compassion, inspiration and stalwart of faith.

Charles is preceded in death by his Mother, Marion Sanders, Father O.B. (Pick) Freeman, Maternal Grandparents, Delma and Grace Fletcher, Paternal Grandparents, Charles and Ernestine Cline, and very special Aunt, Mary Lou Daniel, Father and Mother In-Law, Robert Oliver Ellisor and Garnis Mae Roberts Ellisor. He is survived by his loving husband, Aaron Ellisor, and sisters, Janice Burt, Eugenia Jackson and Linda Dudley, brothers Tommy Freeman, Donald Glenn Sanders, brother-in-law, Lynton Ellisor, sister-in-law, Beverly Garner, as well by numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. James J. Jump and all his family have been a big part of Charles’ extended family – they are the original Charlie’s Monkeys.

A Celebration of Life will commence at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Unity Church of Christianity, 2929 Unity Drive, Houston, TX. Reception to follow. The family requests in lieu of flowers, offerings be made to Unity Church of Christianity https://unityhouston.org.

Services

22 June

Celebration of Life

10:00 am

Unity Church of Christianity

Sanctuary

2929 Unity Drive
Houston, TX 77057

22 June

Reception

11:00 am

Unity Church of Christianity

Pyramid

2929 Unity Drive
Houston, TX 77057

Memories

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Alfred Byrd

June 11, 2019

Words seem inadequate to express the sadness I feel at the loss of Picky. My heart goes out to his longtime partner and husband, Aaron, and his family and many friends. I know that the wonderful memories of Picky we all have, as well as the love and friendship he generously gave to all, will support us through this period of time. Aaron, friends and family, please remember that I am thinking of you during this time with cherished memories.

Much love,
Alfred Byrd

George “Corky” Bryan

June 11, 2019

I am saddened and at a loss over my “best friend”, Picky: of course, Picky had lots of “best friends”. We met at LSU in 1959 and immediately became fun loving, often outrageous, companions. He was the leader of our “Pack”, and our hangout was his dorm room. After college, we visited often and traveled the country, with Aaron. We talked almost every day—sometimes for 10 minutes and sometimes for hours. We shared confidences and silly escapades that sustained us both.

What a Treasure!!
Corky Bryan

P.S. My partner, Al, loved Picky & Aaron!!

Elaine Bowman

June 7, 2019

Since 1987, Charles has been part of my life. We have celebrated significant celebrations in each other’s life like special birthday lunches at Galitoire’s in New Orleans and my daughters wedding. A most significant celebration was the marriage of Aaron and Charles in New York City. What a grand celebration that was. But, our biggest celebration will be for Charles on June 22. I will wear all my baubles and beads, have my hair freshly done along with a mani/pedi. Charles always noticed things like that. Love you forever, my friend.

Diana Harlan

June 7, 2019

I thought the world of Charles when i worked at brown &root now kbr. the first time I met him we hit it right off, and the next day I had a beautiful bouquet of flowers which surprised me so much. I got to meet Kay and Aaron due to business. I enjoyed his parties which I cut up with all his friends. I got to talk with charles about a month ago on the phone but he couldn’t talk very long. H ang in there Aaron it isn’t easy but I lost all 3 of my children and I have survived.

Debbie Doodle Recio

June 6, 2019

When I think of Uncle Picky, I’ll think about all of the smiles and laughs.
When I see a monkey, I’ll smile.
When I see people ice skating, I’ll remember you saying “we ice skated on our butts,” I’ll smile.
I’ll reminisce about my childhood, and all of the fun we had when I would spend time with you during the summer and I’ll smile.
I will hear you in my head saying “Debbie Doodle Debbie Doodle Whoo Whoo” and I'll smile.
When I make the salad you loved me to make, which will now be known as The Uncle Picky salad & as I'm making it or taking a bite and I’ll smile.
When I think about you & how blessed I am being your niece, I’ll smile.
I love you Uncle Picky. The thought of you makes me smile.

Judy Herman

June 6, 2019

Charles (Picky to me and others) was my first cousin. I remember when I was VERY young and visiting Grandmother Fletcher's home, I thought he was soooooo good looking. Picky was always so kind to everyone. I didn't get to see him often, but when I did, it was like there had been no time between our visits. I envision him with the Fletcher clan who were waiting patiently for him to come home. Forever in my heart. Judy

Michael Bednarski

June 6, 2019

I met Charles in the summer of 1990, I remember many thanksgiving dinners, birthdays and parties. On New Years eve 1993 Charles gave me a book called A Course in Miracles which changed my life and the lives of the many others. Charles always had time to talk about spiritual matters with me. I will always remember Charles said yes to love , yes to truth and yes to life. I always will remember the blessings you gave to me. Love you brother Charles your eternal journey is always. PEACE FOR EVER

Lola Harter

June 6, 2019

When he came to Coxsackie, New York, loved my Mom’s pies....first time I ever came to Houston, he showed me the town...... I will never forget his 50th birthday party, the best party I think I ever attended... love & prayers to you Aaron, May God be with you, & all your memories with Charles....love Lola..🥰

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY