Bennie “Ray” Freeman, 98, of Direct, TX passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021.
Ray was born on August 31, 1923 in Ragtown, Texas to Jim and Bertha Freeman. Ray married his best friend and love of his life, Christine Free on March 25, 1944. They had twins that passed away at birth and one son, Kenneth Freeman born June 28, 1957. Ray and Christine spent 53 years together before her passing in 1997. Ray was the true meaning of cowboy. He loved working. He never complained about going to work; from working cows to driving a tractor, he loved it all. He could always be counted on to be there. Ray worked for over 35 years for Lloyd Thompson. At the age of 94 his health forced him to retire. He loved working in the garden, playing dominoes and fishing but most of all he loved his family. His son and grandbabies were everything to him.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Christine; twin infants; 3 brothers; J.B., Bobby and Charles Freeman, 3 sisters; Julia Ditto, Mamie Howard and Ruth Neely.
He is survived by his only son, Kenneth Freeman and wife, Retha of Direct, Texas, 2 granddaughters; Stacey McCleskey of Paris, Texas and Sharon Yoder of Powderly, Texas; great-grandbabies, Garrett, Alayna and Peyton McCleskey of Paris and Dakota and Kenzee McDowra of Powderly, Texas as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
A visitation with friends and family will be held at Fry Gibbs Funeral Home on Friday, November 26 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. A graveside service will follow at West Post Oak Cemetery.