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Willie Lee (Sutton) Freeman

February 12, 1934 ~ March 29, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Willie Freeman Obituary

Willie Lee Freeman is absent from the body and present with the Lord! Her departure is sad, but yet joyful because she has entered into a peaceful, blissful rest, free from the strife and troubles of the world. Furthermore, she no longer has to endure annoying telemarketers who called and asked to speak to Mr. Willie Freeman.

Sister Freeman was born February 12, 1934, in Brewton, Alabama to the late Jack and Ottie M. Sutton. She joined Little Brooklyn Baptist Church at an early age. In 1957, she graduated from Alabama State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, Sister Freeman moved to Fort Walton Beach to begin educating children and later united with Beulah First Baptist Church. Her love for teaching was demonstrated by her lengthy professional career. She taught at the following schools in Okaloosa County: Drew Elementary (1957-58); Brooks Elementary (1958-68); Shalimar Elementary (1968-69); Valparaiso (1971-72); and Longwood Elementary (1972-1994). Sister Freeman was among the few surviving teachers who taught during the segregation era at all-Black Brooks Elementary School. 

In 1977, Sister Connie Montgomery had a vision to recognize high school seniors. Sister Montgomery launched the Scholarship Committee with the assistance of Sisters Freeman, Lula Pruitt, Creola McClain and Emma Scott. Sister Freeman loved being a part of the Scholarship Committee and served faithfully for forty-four years, until her health prevented her from serving.

Sister Freeman enjoyed sewing, baking, and gardening. Her relatives enjoyed her chocolate cake and often requested it when the family got together. One nephew said there would be a fight if none was left for him to eat. She loved to plant trees and grow vegetables. She courageously and fearlessly killed snakes she encountered while gardening and asked frightened onlookers what they were afraid of.

Sister Freeman leaves to cherish her memories are her husband, Melvin E. Freeman, Sr., who loved and cherished her for sixty-three years of marriage; one son, Melvin E. Freeman, Jr.; and one daughter, Lametria Freeman.

Sister Freeman further leaves brothers, S.B Sutton of Hendersonville, North Carolina, and Manford Sutton of Brewton, Alabama; one brother-in-law, Manford Miller of Slidell, Louisiana; and a host of nieces, nephews, and former students.

Sister Freeman was blessed to have friends who were also teachers. Her college roommate, Mrs. Creola McClain, was like a sister.  The two were inseparable and could never, ever get enough of each other’s company. Sister Freeman and her friend, Mrs. Ethel Woods, taught at the same school, Longwood Elementary, for many years. 

In addition to her parents, Sister Freeman’s siblings, Annie Bell McCaine, James Sutton, Millie Miller, and Edna Young, all preceded her in death.

A visitation will be held on Friday, April 5, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Beulah First Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, followed by a funeral service at 12:00 p.m.  Interment is to immediately follow at Beal Memorial Cemetery. 

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April 5, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Beulah Baptist Church
109 McGriff Street NE
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32549

Funeral Service
April 5, 2024

12:00 PM
Beulah Baptist Church
109 McGriff Street NE
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32549


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