Price Freeman
(1920 - 2013)

Profile:
Price Freeman

Birth:
NC, United States of America
January 1920

Passing:
PA, United States of America
November 2013

Interests:
Family, Community, Church
Memorial
This memorial sight is dedicated to the Life and Legacy of Price Freeman--- We hope that you will enjoy and be inspired by his life story...

In lieu of flowers, Price Freeman asked that donations be made to his childhood church, St. John Missionary Baptist Church. In light of Price’s commitment to educational opportunity for youth, the family is asking those interested to join them in making donations to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in Price Freeman’s name…
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Price Freeman was born, January 14, 1920 in Euree, NC, now known as Lake Lure, Rutherford County, of western North Carolina. The city is also known as the birthplace of Verda Freeman Welcome, Maryland politician, civil rights activist and Price’s older sister. He was the eleventh of sixteen children born to third generation farmers, the late John Newbern Freeman and Doshia Proctor (with three other siblings later born to Sue Bell Proctor). John Newbern’s parents were James (Jim) Freeman (believed to be either Native American and/or Black) and Sarah (Sally) Freeman (who was White). Freeman, is the name that has been past to her descendants, but there is no clear historical documentation as to why. While growing up, Price enjoyed hunting and fishing, particularly with his brother, Booker. Farm life did not leave time for the completion of high school, and in 1944, Price was drafted into the Army. He served two tours, which included assignments in the Quartermaster Corps and Transportation Corps, in Germany and France.

Price left the Army in 1947, as a Tech 5 (Corporal). He then moved to Winston-Salem, NC and resided with his sister, Emma Freeman Oliver, her husband, John Raymond Oliver, and their two sons, John Raymond, Jr., and Lawrence Hampton Oliver. He decided to complete his education and, although an adult in his late 20’s, obtained his high school diploma from Atkins High School (which had been dedicated on April 2, 1931 as a facility for “Negro children” and named for Dr Simon G. Atkins, who would go on to be founder and teacher at Winston-Salem Teacher’s College (now Winston-Salem State University). Price would go on to get his Bachelor’s Degree from Winston-Salem Teacher’s College.

[Historical Note: The university was originally established in 1892, with donations from colored residents in Winston and from R. J. Reynolds (of tobacco fame), with major funding from northern industrialist, John Fox Slater (who made numerous donation to help the “emancipated peoples” of the South). Although later eclipsed in size by the land-grant and historically Black, NC Agric. & Tech. University, WSU was initially the state’s largest public school for negroes. It still enjoys the distinction of being the first African-American institution in the US to give Bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education. Both schools became part of the University of North Carolina System in 1972. ]

While attending college, Price met his wife to be, Margaret. They were married on March 26, 1954. Price and Margaret bought a modest home in Winston-Salem, and he sold insurance for the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company (the largest Black-owned business in it early days--- and now the oldest and largest Black-owned insurance company in the country.) They were soon joined by their daughter, Sharlon. Price and Margaret then moved the family north and bought a house in the Cobbs Creek area of West Philadelphia, PA. They were soon joined by their son, Victor. Both parents joined the Philadelphia School System and taught all subjects at elementary schools across Philadelphia. Price’s favorite subject was science, and he received many awards and letters of recognition as a teacher. He would continue to teach in the public school system until well into his 70’s.

Price also immersed himself in two major communities--- his local community and the spiritual community of Zion Baptist Church, then led by the “Lion of Zion”, the civil rights and social activist, Rev. Leon H Sullivan. Price would eventually become senior leader in his church and a proud, but humble church deacon. As an active member of his local community, Price formed and served as chairman of the Triangle Community Association, to organize the neighborhood for social activities and service to each other. He also served as block Captain of his neighborhood, and worked with community members, to ensure that the community streets were alive with Christmas lights, during the holiday season. Even in his 90’s, he would go door-to-door to help neighbors and support the young men that were stepping up to continue his acts of good will in the community. Though age was taking its toll on his body, Price’s mind remained sharp. During Thanksgiving 2012, he decided to just burst into song--- he sang a German song that he had learned while in Germany, during WWII. As he went through multiple verses of the song, the family listened in amazement, not having any previous knowledge that he could speak a foreign language…

On November 5, 2013, at the age of 93, God called Price G. Freeman home. He lived an exemplary life, with no regrets and a lot of cherished memories. He delighted most in his marriage, the marriages of his children’s and births of his two grandsons, by his daughter. He was also proud to have had his son, Victor, be the first in the family to graduate from Harvard University.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Margaret, four siblings: Lovie B. Proctor of Detroit, Michigan; Dr. Paul Stephen Freeman, Sr. of East Orange, New Jersey; Mary Pernetta Campbell of Lake Lure, North Carolina; and Janice M. Patterson of Marion, North Carolina; a son, Dr. Victor Freeman; a daughter, Sharon Logan (sons – Jerome and Christopher); and a host of relatives and friends…

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I am a great nephew of Price Freeman, my father John Raymond Oliver Jr., is the son of Emma Freeman Oliver who was Price's sister. I was privileged to have met and known Uncle Price, he was always encouraging education and academic achievement. He is missed, but I feel blessed to have had an opportunity to know him.
Mark Oliver
Winston-Salem, NC
Mark Oliver (Great Nephew)
February 8th, 2016
I am the great nephew of Price Freeman and the oldest son of Booker Jr. Please contact me because I have so many questions. I also am an Army Major living with my wife, Rhonda in Fort Bragg, NC. I plan to visit Lake Lure to discover my Family History for the first time.
Keith Freeman (Great Nephew)
September 27th, 2014
I did not know Price freeman however I am extending my condolences to his family. I also have a copy of of his fathers death cert. which states that John Newbern Freemans parents were James M. Freeman(my great great grandmothers brother) and Mary Jane Leadbetter and it list Johns wife as Suebell Proctor. Jim Freeman was Indian and white his mother was Sarah Freeman her sister was Sallie Freeman(ref.1860 NC polk county census online listed as malatto) I also have more information on ancestry.com I also have pictures of them please contact me if you are interested. Thank you.
Edythe Payne (Distant Cousin)
June 21st, 2014
Deacon Freeman was always a great encouragement to me and my ministry. There was never a time when he encountered me that he didn't have an encouraging word to push me further. I thank God for him.
Mike Major (member of zion)
December 7th, 2013
May you rest in peace Deacon Freeman. You were a wonderful friend to my parents Deacon Wilburt and Araminta Foster. We were all blessed to have known you.
Julia Foster-Lavender
December 7th, 2013
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