Meridian Star


December 26, 2013

Ms. Billie Ekes Freeman

MERIDIAN —     Services for Ms. Billie Ekes Freeman will be held 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Union United Methodist Church with burial in the Union City Cemetery.

    Billie Ellen Ekes Freeman, 87, of Union, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. She grew up in Ellisville, Mississippi, the youngest of seven brothers and sisters. Her parents were Henry Walter Ekes and Mellie Emma Walters Ekes.

    Billie graduated from Jones County Junior College and Mississippi College with a degree in English. She came to Union to teach school in 1948, where she met and married Robert Freeman in 1949, with whom she spent the next sixty-four years. She served as Den Mother, PTA member, Sunday School Teacher and long time Garden Club member, while raising three children. She and Bobby enjoyed playing bridge with other local couples in their younger years. Later they spent many happy hours attending their grandson’s baseball games.

    She is preceded in death by her daughter, Joye Elizabeth Smith and survived by her husband, Robert Freeman; son, Ralph Freeman; daughter, Ellen Freeman; grandson, Michael Smith and wife Melanie and their five year old daughter, Ava Elizabeth Smith; grandson, Tyler Smith; great grandsons, Conner Smith and Taylor Rigdon and brother, Dr. Walter Everette and wife Shirley of Evansville, Indiana.

    Pallbearers: Don Brantley, Rex Gordon, Jr., Burl Johnson, James Crotwell, Mike McMahen, Bill McMahen, Joe Blount and Robert Carleton.

    Her family wishes to acknowledge the loving care extended her by caregivers, Fannie McDougle, Lora Hickman, Annette Buckley and Home Health and Hospice caregivers, Bruce Thrash and Glenda Goforth.

    Memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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