Clarence "Dale" Freeney
September 22, 1943 – April 9, 2019
Clarence “Dale” Freeney, 75, a native Maconite, passed on April 9, 2019 after an extended illness. Born September 22, 1943, he was the son of the late Henry W. and Katie Sumner Freeney.
He graduated from Lanier High School (’61) in Macon and received a BA from Mercer University (’66) in Macon. After training in Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Virginia, he served three years active military duty- including Germany on the NATO Pipeline, and Vietnam as a petroleum officer. He received the Bronze Star for Valor and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He later retired as Major after serving the 48th Brigade and Headquarters, Georgia Army Reserve National Guard.
He earned an MS in Administration from Georgia College (’76) in Milledgeville, and had careers as a mental health counselor, probation officer, and court liaison. He retired from Georgia Department of Corrections and received a commendation for organizing community services workers during the Macon Flood of ’94 and from American Red Cross for service as shelter manager for Middle Georgia.
Passionate about music, Dale studied music ministry at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and served churches throughout Kentucky and Middle Georgia as a music director. He sang with numerous musical groups, including The Choral Society of Middle Georgia and church choirs. As an Irish tenor, his ability to sing high notes made him a coveted choir member and soloist.
Having a heart for those who needed assistance, Dale was a volunteer with American Red Cross and worked in alcohol/drug rehabilitation as a caseworker, counselor, and administrator.
He is survived by Elizabeth (Chase) McGehee, daughter, and Gabriel and Kai McGehee, grandsons, of Savannah; cousins: Carolyn (Wallace) Wilcher of Tampa, Florida; Carol (John) Starr of Marietta; Jennifer (Richard) Glenn of Jupiter, Florida; Robert (Jane) Sumner of Suwanee; JoNita (Michael) Sullivan of Warner Robins, and other cousins. A Service of remembrance will be held at 11 AM on April 12, 2019, at Forest Hills United Methodist Church in Macon, where he was a member. Visitation with the family will precede the service at 10 AM at the church. Interment will follow at Macon Memorial Park Cemetery.
Those who wish to remember Dale may make gifts in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 886 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA 31201 or Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 1217 Forest Hill Road, Macon, Ga 31210. Visit www.snowscs.com to express condolences. Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry St. has charge of the arrangements.
The Alzheimer's Association
886 Mulberry Street, Macon, Ga 31201
Forest Hills United Methodist Church
1217 Forest Hill Road, Macon, Ga 31210
- Visitation Friday, April 12, 2019
- A Service of Remembrance Friday, April 12, 2019
Clarence "Dale" Freeney
April 22, 2019
Unfortunately, I just found out today that Dale had passed away last week. Dale and I worked together for lots
of years at Bibb Superior Court where he was a probation officer and I a court reporter. He was always so
pleasant to work with before I retired in 2005. I'm sure there are many that will miss this man of such good
will and many talents.
April 12, 2019
I’m Brent Bourlakas and my mother Susan Waddell Breazeale were neighbors of Dale at Wesleyan Corners Apartments for 4 years and in that time we were the best of friends. I could not have asked for a better friend or neighbor. Dale was always there to provide support for anything and vice versa. We looked after each other’s animals. My dog Jewels and his cat Felix. Sometimes, we would go on a hunt for Felix if Dale couldn’t find him. He let me borrow his car occasionally if mine was in the shop. Dale helped me with English and Literature papers for College because I can’t write an English paper to save my life. Dale attended my graduation at Central GA Technical College where I achieved a Degree in Radiology. I helped Dale some with his appointments and prescriptions since he knew I enjoyed the medical field. One time he had a tumor behind his right ear and when they went to do a follow up CT scan it showed absolutely clean. He and I were amazed, while the surgeon 👨⚕️ didn’t know what to say but you’re good to go. It was definitely an act of God. Dale truly is an Angel and he helped me through some disappointing times in my life. I don’t know where I would be today without all of his help and guidance. I will miss him greatly and I regret I cannot be there today for the funeral. He will be missed more then you know and we really loved and care for Dale. I know for a fact Dale helped so many people during his life. He did more in one lifetime then others do in ten.
God Bless, Love Brent Bourlakas
April 11, 2019
Dear family and friends,
Julie and I are so sorry for your loss.
Dale became a good friend through choral music while we were students together at Mercer. He was always uplifting and inspiring throughout the rest of our lives. Singing in the Mercer Choral as students, and later, with the Macon Morning Music Club's annual Christmas program, kept us bonded and engaged as Christians fellows, while he ministered through such a wonderful media.
He will be greatly missed and always remembered. Thank you Dale.
April 11, 2019
So sorry to hear of Dale's passing. We shared a lot of activities when we were young in the Cross Keys area, primarily church and the Scouts. My condolences, thoughts and prayers to the members of his family.