Charles Chuck Gene Freeman

July 1, 1933May 30, 2013
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LTC Charles Gene Freeman (Ret.) of Williamsburg flew his last mission on May 30, 2013. Destination: heaven. Chuck was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on July 1, 1933, to Charles Ellis and Lillie Marie Freeman, who both preceded him in death. He graduated from Jonesboro High School and continued his education at Arkansas State University, where he enrolled in ROTC and received his bachelor’s degree in business. Chuck served for over twenty years as a senior aviator in the United States Army Transportation Corps, completing two tours in Vietnam and serving also in France, Japan, Greenland and the Antarctic. On December 10, 1958, Chuck married Marilynn Hendrix in Ft. Worth, Texas. After retirement, they settled in Virginia, making their home in Gloucester and then Newport News before finally settling in Williamsburg, which they both loved. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, traveling and spending time with his bulldog, Tank. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Marilynn; daughters Jeanetta (Ron) Polenske of Lodi, California; Jana Bettge of Newport News; Betsy (Dan) Yeary of Richmond; and son Chuck Freeman of Newport News; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg on Tuesday, June 4 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, with a memorial service officiated by Rev. Dr. Ron Wade following at 2:00 PM. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, and caregivers at the Hampton VA Medical Center for their loving care and their amazing neighbors on Tarpley’s Tavern Road for their continuous support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc., 912 Killian Hill Rd SW, Lilburn, GA 30047.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 4, 2013
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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Donna O'Neill

June 5, 2013

Although I never had the chance to meet him, I have heard many wonderful stories about him through Chuck. I send you all my condolences, prayers, and hugs. God is with you!

Charlene (Burrow) Roberts

June 4, 2013

Marilyn,and all my precious cousins.Would love to be with you today. We loved Gene and all of you so much. He was a wonderful cousin and loved his family so much. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.He is with God today and has no pain. Love forever Charlene in Jonesboro.

Lauri Johnson-Lammers

June 4, 2013

Please know that my heart, thoughts & prayers are with you all! I loved him too. He was always a sweet, funny, kind man to me & he will be greatly missed. Please let me know if I can help in any way. HUGS!

June 4, 2013

Chuck and family,
I know our Lord will continue to surround you with His amazing love and His peace that surpasses our own understanding. He will meet your every need! You will see your father again. This is the blessed hope we have in Christ Jesus!
Your friends,
Jim and Barbara Holloway

Karen Jowers

June 4, 2013

I am so glad to have had you guys in my life. You are so blessed to have two very great parents. Please keep in touch forever. Love you Karen Roberts Jowers

Jan Warren

June 3, 2013

My paryers are with Chuck's family. I had the honor to work with Chuck in the same office at Ft Eustis. He was not only a coworker, he was a good friend. He had a good heart and a great smile. Keep the door open for us Chuck...........

Mac McCool

June 3, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with Chuck's family and loved ones. I had the honor of working with Chuck when I first arrived at the Army Training Support Center at Fort Eustis. He was always a gentleman and a mentor. He always had time to help those who did not understand how something should be done. He had a warm heart and a ready smile for anyone who stopped by to see him. Having attended Arkansas State in Jonesboro, we talked about that area and how it had changed over the years. When I worked with him and later as we moved to different parts of the organization, Chuck had a positive influence on everyone he met. I never heard anyone have an unkind word about Chuck or anything negative to say about him. He was respected for his skills and ability. He was a friend, not just a coworker. I hope it offers his family and loved ones some comfort in knowing that he reached out and touched so many people in such a positive way.

June 3, 2013

Joe and June Buckman, TCOC 1-61

June 3, 2013

Jana and Jeanetta, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. You and your family are in my thoughts in your time of bereavement.
Barbara (Jenkins) & Family

Mary Brown

June 3, 2013

To the Freeman family, my prayers are with all of you during this time.