James E. Freeman
- James Elbrige Freeman passed away in hospice care at his residence in
the Currituck House in Moyock, NC, on July 26, 2017, at the age of 98.
James is predeceased by his parents, William Columbus (Dock) Freeman
and Stella Franklin Freeman, his beloved wife Nell Freeman, and six
He is survived by his daughter, Shirley Mozingo of
Moyock; son-in-law Bill Mozingo; five grandchildren, Rick Newton, Chris
Newton, Todd Newton, Michelle Bolger and Billy Mozingo II; and 10
great-grandchildren. Also surviving are four of his ten siblings:
Robert Freeman of Morganton, NC; Ernest Freeman of Candler, NC; Inez
Fullbright of Marion, NC; and Carl Freeman in Cushing, Oklahoma.
was born at his home in Kalmia in Avery County, NC, on June 11, 1919.
While in his teens, he joined President Roosevelt’s Civilian
Conservation Corps (CCC) and helped build bridges and buildings in
state parks across America. During this time, he was also employed
through the CCC to join 1,500 other workers to plant beach grass and to
build the timber-and-brush fences along the shoreline of the Outer
Banks of NC. The fences were to help prevent the sands from blowing and
to allow the dunes to form so that erosion would be curtailed.
age 20, with the CCC jobs ending, he was eager to enlist in the
military and continue serving his country, but because of his poor
eyesight, he knew he would fail the eye test. So, he memorized the eye
chart, passed the test and became a member of the regular Army in
November of 1939. When his eyesight problem was discovered, however,
Private Freeman’s service was terminated by an honorable discharge in
July of 1940.
James married Nell Triplett November 23, 1940, in
Mountain City, TN and then moved to Broadcreek Village in Norfolk, VA,
to work in new home construction. In 1942, he was hired at the Norfolk
Naval Air Station as an aircraft mechanic trainee.
left school in the eighth grade to help support his family, he received
many awards and accommodations for his inventions and innovations that
improved aircraft safety and efficiency. He remained in civil service
until his retirement in June of 1972.
That year he and his wife
sold their Va. Beach home and moved to Sunny Acres in Nebo, NC.
Wherever he lived, James would plant a flourishing flower and vegetable
garden. He was known for his green thumb and for his ability to build
and repair almost anything. Just before passing away, he told his
grandson that the one thing he always wanted to accomplish but never
did was to build an airplane from the ground up.
While living in
Nebo, James was employed by McDowell High School as a groundskeeper. He
was an active member of Nebo First Baptist Church and Outreach Baptist
Church of Nebo, where he donated his collection of rocks gathered from
50 states to help in the construction of the church’s welcome sign.
eventually retired and lived in Elizabeth City, where he was featured
in the local newspaper because of the Christmas train display he built
every year that covered half of the living room in their home. They
lived here until moving into an assisted living facility in Chesapeake.
memorial service will be held August 20, 2017, in Marion, NC. Since he
was always eager to help someone in need, the family asks that, in lieu
of flowers, a good deed be done in his memory. The family would also
like to thank the caregivers at Currituck House and Community Homecare
& Hospice for their faithfulness and friendliness when caring for
Mr. Freeman; and Gallop Funeral Services for their very personal
attention and care.
to the family may be expressed at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.
Gallop funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.