George Kirby Freeman III

George K. Freeman III, age 62, passed away on February 27, 2018 in Raleigh, NC at home with his family. Born at the old Rex Hospital in Raleigh, he was raised in Goldsboro. As a child, George could hear the jet engines roaring at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and he would ask his Mother to take him to the airport to watch the planes take off and land. Later he flew with his Father and was always eager to take the controls and learn about the instruments. George graduated from Goldsboro High School and UNC-Chapel Hill. George entered the U. S. Marine Corps and earned the Gold Wings of a Naval Aviator and flew F-4 Phantoms. He later entered the U. S. Navy and trained pilots and air crew. After military service, George continued serving his country flying for the U.S. Government.

Following his public service, George flew for United Parcel Service, flying McDonnell Douglas and Boeing jets around the world. He retired in good standing as a Captain. In all, George logged over 15,000 hours of flight time.

George was very intelligent, very well read and possessed a quick and lively sense of humor.

In late 2016, George was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

He is survived by his parents: George K. Freeman, Jr. and Jane Lassiter Freeman; sister Mary Gail Freeman and brothers Thomas and James.

Services will be held Friday, March 9th at 11am in the St. Mary of the Angels Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church located at 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 . In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in George’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.


  • Liturgy of the Word Friday, March 9, 2018

George Kirby Freeman III

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Bob Fuller

March 9, 2018

I’m so very sorry to hear of George’s passing. We met 40 years ago at Marine Officers Candidate School. I still remember his dry wit and quick sense of humor. We were roommates in flight school at NAS Kingsville & instructors together at NAS Pensacola. The next time I fly, the sky will be colder & greyer without George. I miss him terribly, but was happy to call him my friend. To the Freeman’s: Know that George carried you with him in all of his endeavors and knew he was fortunate to be raised in such a great household. He embodied everything that was good and served his nation well. Why is America lucky enough to have such men?

Scott Massey

March 6, 2018

May the lord bless George and his family. George was one of the kindest person I had the privilege of flying with while he was at UPS. His sense of humor was something I’ll never forget. Sometimes when I first flew with him and didn’t understand him fully yet I would question whether he was serious or not. After time however, I understood him and would look across the cockpit at him and he would always have that “cat that ate the bird” grin on his face! One of the biggest regrets when I upgraded to Captain myself was knowing that I no longer would be flying with some of my favorite Captains any longer, George topped that list. He will be greatly missed by me and my fellow pilots, he brought a smile to us all! God bless!

Glenn Bowman

March 5, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear about George's passing. I enjoyed flying with George and listening to his many and varied stories of past adventures. One Sunday morning, while we were days off between trips, I rang him up on the phone and inquired as to what he was doing. He replied, "Oh just sitting here at the kitchen table, bottle of Jack Daniels, 44 Magnum." Only George could come up with that.

Rose Towbin

March 5, 2018

George, Jane and family, I am so sorry to read of your loss. I did not know your son, but know you were so proud of him. I miss visiting with you both and prayers for both of you and the family. You are in the prayers of all your friends from Goldsboro .

Amy Hedgpeth

March 5, 2018

I send my most sincere sympathies and prayers of comfort. I worked with Jim for several years at the Duplin D.A.'s Office and know the love of family Jim had. I pray for him and the entire Freeman family.
Amy Scott Hedgpeth
Duplin D.A. Office

Bill Beedle

March 4, 2018

Jungle's insight and humor and great knowledge on all subjects on airline central will be greatly missed. A great person for the airline people to look up too.
Thanks for his service and wisdom for up -and-coming pilots. The world was a better place with his life.

Peter Park

March 4, 2018

My deepest condolences to George, Jane, Gail, Raine and Jim on George III's passing. His sharp wit and honest demeanor were intrinsic to his wonderful character and will forever be missed. A wonderful career in aviation, as a professional pilot, was one of his contributions to society and was not really a job for him because he so loved flying planes. I found a connection with George through aviation and his love of cats. I am glad he was able to get some comfort during his illness from his adopted soul cat, Bembi.
I know that the love support of his family during his time of need helped him through the seemingly endless treatments at the hospital. The courageous fight by George and the family against this terrible disease was truely inspirational.
I am proud to have known George; an Officer and a Gentleman.

Dortch and Kaye Langston

March 4, 2018

Please know that Dortch and I are so sorry for your great loss.

Mandy Lassiter Sweeney

March 4, 2018

Dear Aunt Jane and Uncle George. Gail Thomas and Jim
I had no idea he was sick. To Aunt Jane I know this is the hardest thing you have ever been through. To Thomas Gail and Jim, my heart goes out to you for the loss of your brother. I’m in another city and not sure I can come Friday but my heart breaks for you all. We all love you. Mandy. Rick/ he’s in India for one month
Cherie Heidi and Kitty. My cell is 336/302-3156. Also Caroline and Art love y’all. I’m so very sorry. Call if you want to talk