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Thomas "Tom" Freeman

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Born 4-7-1923 -- Died 1-05-2006

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., son of the late Homer Anderson and Eligie 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 medals, 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 60 and was Sharp County Clerk from 1953 to 1956 and Sharp County Treasurer from 1949-1952. 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 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 step-daughter, Konnie Haney, and husband, Kenny, of Mammoth Spring; one step-son, 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 step-granddaughter, 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 the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Mo., on Jan. 7 with Bro. Abram Metz officiating.

Burial followed in the Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring with arrangements under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.

Pallbearers included Kenny Haney, Anthony Smith, Eric Rogers, Phillip Savage, Charles Smith and Sean Bailey.

Honorary pallbearers included Harold Todd, Jack Clark, Gerald Qualls and Ray Riggan.