Mary Elizabeth Burkhalter Freeman – PHS 1937
08 / 31 / 1919 – 06 / 16 / 2012
Mrs. Freeman died onSaturday, June 16, 2012, at Trucare Living Center.
She was born onAugust 31, 1919, in Palestine to John and Bertha Burkhalter. Mrs. Freeman was a resident of Palestine most of her life and a member of the Cedar Creek Baptist Church for 72 years, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, church clerk, Ladies Auxiliary officer, and nursery worker. She was also employed by the Industrial Garment Factory, Palestine Independent School District as a cafeteria worker, and retired from the Southside Baptist Church Day Care. Mrs. Freeman was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willard Freeman; brothers, J.C. Burkhalter and Joe Burkhalter; and sisters, Ella Bea Pavelka Ackerman, Jonnibele Toole, and Doris Bassett.
Survivors include brother, Don Burkhalter of Riverside; sister, Bettie Sheppard; sons, Harold Freeman and wife Nell of Hope, AR and Troy Freeman of Palestine; daughter Verna Walling and husband Jack of Palestine; 5 grandchildren, Wayne Freeman of Hot Springs, AR, Ronnie Freeman of Hope, AR, Theron Walling of Crockett, Ronda Carroll of Neches and Terry Walling of Palestine; 11 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; and special friends, Stephen, Laura, Joseph, and Sarah Bates.
Pallbearers will include Wayne Freeman, Theron Walling, Brent Carroll, Ronnie Freeman, Terry Walling, and Jerrod Carroll.
Visitation will be held from6-8 pm on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home.