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Chellie Lucille (Gray) Freeman

July 4, 1939 ~ January 29, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Chellie Freeman Obituary


Chellie “Lucille” Gray Freeman went to be with her beloved Dallas and her Lord and Savior January 29, 2024, after a long battle with illness.

Lucille was born July 4, 1939, to Jonas and Lydia Sanderson Gray. She lost her mother at a very young age and was blessed with another mother Beatrice Gray. She met the love of her life, Dallas, and they were married on April 26, 1958, and sealed for time and all eternity in the Washington DC Temple on May 6, 1988. They were blessed with 4 children, Rebecca, Merry, Daryl and Sandy.

She was a graduate of Beulaville High School.

She was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on December 13, 1963, and remained a faithful member attending every Sunday until sickness arose. During her years since joining the church, she served faithfully with many callings in church. She enjoyed sharing her knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ to all she encountered. She had a passion for serving others and was often found at the homes of church members, friends, family, and community members during times of need. Whether it was lending a shoulder to cry on, washing a dish, cooking a meal, or cleaning a home, she was there and was known for being the first to show up offering her hand. She had a great love for Genealogy and was known as a person that everyone would call for help in tracing family lines and recording the genealogy for their records. She was a talented seamstress and spent many years teaching others how to sew. Her love for sewing was often found in making clothing for her children, baby blankets for everyone who newly had a baby, and spent many years devoting her skill of quilting to making quilts for the needy. She was known for her love of visiting and talking to others. In fact, it was often joked about that she talked enough for her and Dallas since he was so quiet. Dallas was often found waiting for her to finish talking everywhere they went. She didn’t know a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone and before the conversation was over, she could tell them how they were related due to her knowledge of family history. She spent much of her life as a homemaker and mother but did enjoy substitute teaching and driving a school bus for Lenoir County Schools. She was known for her cooking skills and the family looked forward to her chocolate pies, collards, and chicken pastry as well as many other dishes. Some of the fondest memories were times spent making homemade hard candy around her table.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas Leslie Freeman, her father Jonas Gray, her mothers Lydia Gray and Beatrice Gray, her sister Darlene Gray Pike, her brother and sister-in-law Charles and Brenda Gray, her daughter in law Angelique Freeman, her grandson Devin Freeman, her granddaughter Alyssa Freeman, her father and mother-in-law James Coy and Sally Freeman, and many brothers-in law  and sisters-in -law.

She is survived by her children: Rebecca Sue Freeman Jones (Mark Jones), Merry Katherine Freeman Martin (Paul Martin), Daryl Evan Freeman (Karen Davis), and Sandy Lucille Freeman Matos (Joseph Harrell)

Her grandchildren: Taylor Freeman (Sarah), Miranda Brothers, Marlena Brothers Warner (Jeremie), Caroline Brothers Deese (Will), Trey Brothers (Abby), Jordan Creech (Jessica), Jacob Creech (Cody), Brittany Jones Heath (Wayne), Chris Jones (Amanda), Tony Taylor (Kimberly), Zachary Pearce (Allie), Lesley Matos Jarman (Evan), Ashlyn Matos, Jennifer Spence Croom (Justin), and 28 great-grandchildren

She is also survived by her sister Geraldine Gray Edwards (Ricky), her brother Johnny Gray, her sister-in-law Linda Freeman Smith, her sister-in-law “sis” and special friend Jessie Freeman Lee (Durham), many special nieces and nephews and her best friend Barbara Howard.

Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at the Freeman Family Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after the service and at other times at Lucille's home.   In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you simply find a person to serve in her honor during their time of need. Where a seed is planted, a garden will grow.

Thank you to Gentiva Home Health and Hospice and all their staff. A special thank you to her aides Heather Houston and Ann Cox, her nurses Angie LaCross, Chilly Kennedy, and Jayne Knowles Summerlin, and social worker Crystal Pollard.

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Graveside Service
February 3, 2024

2:00 PM
Freeman Family Cemetery (NC)


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