Thomas "Tom" Rollen Freeman died Jan. 5, 2006, at his home in Mammoth Spring at the age of 82 years. He was born April 7, 1923, in Poughkeepsie, Ark., to Homer Anderson and Elgie Vanila Haney Freeman.
He was a veteran of the United States Amy. He was drafted and served during World War II from 1943 to 1945. He was a field lineman and served in the Combat Infantry Division. He received numerous awards and meals, including World War II Victory Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon and three Bronze Service Stars.
After returning to his home state of Arkansas, he owned and operated several businesses and was a farmer.
He was sheriff of Sharp County from 1957 to 1960, Sharp County clerk from 1953 to 1956 and Sharp County treasurer from 1949 to 1952. He served on the board of directors for Fulton County Hospital, White River Planning and Development District and White River Housing. He was former mayor of Mammoth Spring and served on the Union Planters Bank board in Mammoth Spring.
He was of the Methodist faith and a member of the Shriners.
Survivors include his wife, Claudia, of the home in Mammoth Spring; one daughter, Nancy Foley, and husband, Dale, of Evening Shade; one stepdaughter, Konnie Haney, and husband, Kenny, of Mammoth Spring; one stepson, Anthony Smith, of Mammoth Spring; three grandchildren, Sherrie Redding of Ash Flat, Terri Sanders of Ash Flat, and Roger Foley of Thayer; five great-grandchildren, Jared, Jacob, Summer, Monica and Brittany; one stepgranddaughter, Kaitlyn Haney of Mammoth Spring; two sisters, Marilyn McGinnis of Henderson, Ark., and Joanne Martin of Little Rock; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Jackie; one grandson, Robbie Foley; and one sister, Varena Freeman Campbell.
The funeral service was held at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer Jan. 7 with Bro. Abram Metz officiating. Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.
Pallbearers were Kenny Haney, Anthony Smith, Eric Rogers, Phillip Savage, Charles Smith and Sean Bailey.
Honorary pallbearers were Harold Todd, Jack Clark, Gerald Qualls and Ray Riggan.