William L. Freeland Sr.

September 10, 1929June 16, 2019
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William Lewis Freeland, Sr. was born September 10, 1929 in Greenbrier Tennessee to Lewis Elmore Freeland and Lola Mai Freeland. He passed away on June 16, 2019 in Martinsville, VA at the age of 89.

He grew up during the Great Depression and ran the only feed and supply store in Greenbrier, TN. While his brothers were gone to war, he had to grow up fast and run his family’s store at the age of twelve. He graduated from Greenbrier High School in 1947, where he was a standout in sports. He chose to get married and start a family instead of pursuing a baseball and basketball scholarship to Temple University. He was hired as a baseball and basketball player by DuPont in Old Hickory, Tennessee, and transferred to the Martinsville, VA DuPont plant in 1952. He loved his many jobs at the local DuPont plant and worked there thirty-eight years. He worked his way up to a job he loved overseeing quality.

He was Martinsville High School's biggest fan for over sixty-five years. He was a deacon, Sunday school teacher and lay speaker for over sixty-five years. He was the first President and co-founder of the Martinsville Association for Special Needs Children and co-founder of what became Marc Workshop. He was the President of the Martinsville and Henry County Little League and Pony League and Chairman of the Martinsville Recreation Association. As Chairman of the Recreation Association he was instrumental in building many of the local fields including Southside Park.

He was the President of the Martinsville High School Booster's Club for many years leading various fundraising missions to support Martinsville athletics. He was the first soccer coach at Carlisle School, despite having never seen a soccer ball. He coached girls softball and boys baseball there also. He coached many sports through the years and touched the lives of countless children. He was called "Pops" by all players and coaches and remained very active in Martinsville High School athletics until he died.

He loved God and his family more than anything, followed by his friends. His family and grandchildren were the light of his life. He also loved and followed the Bulldogs, Yankees, Kentucky basketball, and Tennessee football. He loved to play golf and fish with his family and friends. There weren’t many private ponds he didn’t sneak into with his buddy Wimp to catch all of the fish. The family would like to thank all of the coaches and friends who have been so wonderful to him over the years. Friends are welcome to come by his home to visit with the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be mailed to the Martinsville Area Community Foundation, 300 Franklin Street, Suite 230, Martinsville, VA 24112 for a scholarship that will be in his name.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 20 at 12:00 pm with a visitation at 11:00am at First Baptist Church of Ridgeway with Reverend Lewis Harris officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Burial Park

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Augusta Troutt Freeland; brothers, Thomas Allen Freeland and Robert Elmore Freeland; twin sister that died as an infant; his daughter, Doris Lynn Freeland and son-in-law Dan Draper.

He is survived by his son, William “Butch” Freeland, Jr. (Terry) of Martinsville, VA, Daughter Debbie Draper of Roanoke, VA; four grandchildren, Shane Draper (Danielle), Will Freeland (Brittiany), David Draper (Aimee) and Tyler Freeland; and four great grand-children, Jack, Quinn, Penelope, and Daisy.


  • Lewis Elmore Freeland, Father
  • Lola Mai Freeland, Mother
  • Augusta Troutt Freeland, Loving Wife of 52 Years
  • Thomas Allen Freeland, Brother
  • Robert Elmore Freeland, Brother
  • Doris Lynn Freeland, Daughter
  • Dan Draper, Son-in-law
  • William "Butch" Freeland, Jr., Son
  • Terry Freeland, Daughter-in-law
  • Debbie Draper, Daughter
  • Shane Draper, Grandson
  • Danielle Draper, Grandson's wife
  • Will Freeland, Grandson
  • Brittiany Freeeland, Daughter-in-law
  • David Draper, Grandson
  • Aimee Houchins, Grandson's significant other
  • Tyler Freeland, Grandson
  • Mr. Freeland was also preceded in death by his twin sister who died as an infant. He is also survived by four great grand-children Jack, Quinn, Penelope and Daisy.

  • Billy Agee, Active
  • Greg Riddle, Active
  • Eric Riddle, Active
  • Bill Scheib, Active
  • Tommy Golding, Active
  • Taylor Edwards, Active
  • Mark Humlin, Active
  • Winfred Compton, Active
  • Dr. George Scouras, Honorary Pallbearer

  • Martinsville Area Community Foundation


  • Visitation Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 20, 2019


William L. Freeland Sr.

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Link & Jane Thomas

June 22, 2019

Our sympathy goes out to Bill's family. We met Bill when he became our Sunday School Teacher at First Baptist Ridgeway.
He had to put a lot of time into the lessons he brought us each Sunday as they really could hold your attention. The discussions we had during these lessons really had you thinking when you returned home. He really knew his Bible and I know he will be sorely missed by all until we all meet again where there is no pain.
Due to immobility problems, I've not been unable to attend church recently and was at Urgent Care during the Funeral Services at church. May God be with you all in your grief.

Tracie Matthews

June 21, 2019

Butch, Terry and boys ... We are so sorry for your loss. Bill was a special person to Stacie and me. He was instrumental in growing our Faith at Kearfott for so many years. I treasure the Christmas cards he sent to us over the years. Please know we are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.
Tracie & Mark Matthews and family

Sandra Hairston

June 21, 2019

I'm so sorry about your loss. POPS as we knew him was such a kind and humble man. He had such a positive impact on my Sons life after meeting him during his high school golf years and at Lynwood . His words of wisdom and encouragement will always be remembered.
He used to visit me at Kmart and there was never a time that he didn't stop to hug me before he left. And ask how his boy was ......TYLER and I will always hold POPS close in our hearts.
Prayers of comfort and peace for your family.

Barbara Bearden

June 20, 2019

Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers to family and friends.

Courtney Holland

June 19, 2019

Pops its hard to say goodbye to you my friend. You mean so much to me. We really had a love for Baseball! Thank you for always supporting me and being my number 1 fan. I will never forget you.
You are forever in my heart!
I love you pops!

Barry Wyatt

June 19, 2019

Such a sad day to here of Pop's passing. He was a dear friend. You always needed to listen to what Pop said because he was the wisest person I ever met. Never at a loss for words, he always entertained you with his wit and humor. What a great example of what a father, a friend, a coach should be.

David DePriest

June 19, 2019

Mr Freeland was true Gentleman and credit to the Martinsville area. My condolences to Butch and the entire family.

Nelson Smith

June 19, 2019

"Pops" Freeland was my Little League coach when I played on the McKee Funeral Home's team as catcher and outfielder in the early 60s. He was a great coach and will be dearly missed. My prayers and thoughts are with Butch and Debbie and the rest of the family.

Walt Shaw

June 19, 2019

My condolences to Butch and his family. Mr. Freeland was a wonderful man, positive, funny, and caring. God bless all of you.

Patrick Draper

June 19, 2019

Met Pops when my dad used to play golf and through little league baseball. He was one of the nicest and funniest people that you’ll ever meet. Always had a smile and a joke.

My Prayers and my love are with the Freeland family