Lelia C. Freeman

March 8, 1924June 1, 2019

Lelia Cheney Freeman, 95, of LaGrange, Georgia, formerly of Greenville, Georgia, passed away June 1, 2019. Mrs. Freeman was born on March 8, 1924, in Washington, Georgia, to the late Mildred Sims and Benjamin Irvin Cheney. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in art, having studied under the late Lamar Dodd. After graduation she first taught art at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, and then in Savannah, Georgia, where she taught art to returning veterans of World War II. After her marriage in 1948 she made her home in Greenville, Georgia, with her late husband, Benjamin Rosser Freeman III. She remained a resident of Greenville until her move to Vernon Woods Retirement Community in LaGrange in 2017. She is survived by her three daughters, Nan DuBose Freeman, Beth Freeman Williams and husband Scott, Patricia Freeman Bauman and husband Kim; daughter-in-law Karla Kibler Freeman; a sister, Patricia Cheney Britt; two brothers, Benjamin Irvin Cheney, Jr., and Marion Pope Cheney; eight grandchildren and sixteen greatgrandchildren. In addition to her late husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Benjamin Rosser Freeman IV, and her sister Mimi Cohen. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 2:00p.m., at Greenville Baptist Church, Greenville, Georgia, with a reception following in the fellowship hall of the church.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636.


  • Nan D. Freeman, Daughter
  • Beth F. & Scott Williams, Daughter
  • Patricia F. & Kim Bauman, Daughter
  • Karla K. Freeman, Daughter-in-law
  • B. Irvin Cheney Jr., Brother
  • Marion P. Cheney, Brother
  • Patricia C. Britt, Sister
  • Eight Grandchildren, *
  • 10 Great Grandchildren, *


20 June

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm

Greenville Baptist Church

Greenville, Georgia


Lelia C. Freeman

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Brenda Barron

June 16, 2019

Dear Nan,
I remember fondly your mom when she came with you to visit Harold and me in Myrtle Beach when you were headed to N.C. We had such a wonderful visit! We are so happy that you took the time to come by!!!

Also some of your sorority sisters (including me) had a fun time sending her messages and pictures about politics during one special election. She was such a great sport , and we all laughed with her!!!!

May God give you and your family peace and comfort! You are in our prayers!

Love and blessings,
Brenda Moore Barron

Linda Jones Smith

June 11, 2019

To all the family;
I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Lelia's death. What a lovely lady she was; always with a smile when I saw her. I remember she and Mr. Ben were always so nice to all the Jones kids. I know she will be missed. Prayers for the family.

Jim Hall

June 11, 2019

I transferred to Greenville High my sophomore year (1968). I joined the glee club under the direction of Mrs. Lelia Freeman; who had the unenviable task of uniting a group of rowdy boys - including Ben - into a harmony of voices. Even then, she reminded me of a loving mother: stern, but kind, demanding, but patient. It was obvious, Mrs Lelia loved her fellowman. Nan, Beth, and Patricia, your mother was the epitome of a perfect mom. My last conversation with her was about 5 years ago. I called her to get Ben’s cell number. I had just retired, and wanted to reconnect with Ben - which I am so thankful I did. However, in our brief conversation, Mrs. Freeman and I did reminisce about the glee club experience. What an incredible legacy of a beautiful person, inside and out!

Sheila Self Shanks

June 11, 2019

I loved Ms. Lelia and enjoyed playing for the quartets she coached at GHS, as well as other Glee Club numbers throughout the years. She was so much fun and so easy to work with. Such fond memories! May God grant you His perfect peace as you mourn the loss of Ms. Lelia. Sincerely, Sheila

Loraine Crenshaw

June 5, 2019

Please accept my deepest condolences. Sincerely, Loraine Crenshaw (Wellstar West Georgia Hospice)

Susie Byce

June 3, 2019

Ms. Lelia was a true patriot who loved God and her country, she loved her family and friends, her church and community. Simply put, “she loved”. Anyone who knew her felt that love and appreciated having had this gracious and kind person in their life. Lvu, Ms. Lelia ~ (And oh - she had one great sense of humor.)