Freeman Gary was born January 14, 1935 in Greenville (Butler County), Alabama to Mr. Eddie Lee and Mrs. Ida Mae Gary. He was a faithful member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina and enjoyed working with Youth Explosion until his health failed.
Freeman was a proud veteran and served 21 years in the United States Army, retiring with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served in the Korean Conflict and during the Vietnam Conflict as a communications specialist. After he retired from the U.S. Army, Freeman worked in security with Southern Detectives and in sales with Palmetto Merchandise. He ended his career with the South Carolina Department of Corrections. One thing Freeman really enjoyed was visiting with family in Orlando, Florida and relatives in his native Alabama. He also enjoyed relaxing at home in his favorite rocking chair on his porch.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-son, Claude Fuller, and three sisters Minnie Pearl Gary Woods-Dickens, Valeria Gary Moses and Donnie Gary Smith.
Freeman leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife of 32 years – Marion Marshall Gary; a stepson – Harold Fuller of Charlotte, North Carolina; eight grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters – Mary Francis Gary Roache and Dorlean Gary Henderson; one brother – Timothy (Towanda) Gary, all of Orlando, Florida; two brothers-in-law – Julius Marshall and Andrew (Linda) Marshall; one sister-in-law – Ethel Samuel Marshall of Columbia, South Carolina and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
The family gratefully acknowledges the staff at Kindred at Home and Kindred Hospice for compassionate care at home during his illness.
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