James Freeman I

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

James "Red" Freeman I, 51, of Trumann, died March 4, 2003, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro of natural causes.

He was born in Dallas, Texas and had lived there most of his life before moving to Trumann 13 years ago. He was a self-employed painter and a Protestant. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jo Gill Long, and by one brother, Hershell Gill.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Freeman of the home; three sons, James L. Freeman II of Trumann, Gene Shelton of Belleville, Ill. and Matthew Shelton of Delaware; two daughters, Donna Shelton of Cisco, Texas and Rhonda Shelton of Ranger, Texas; his father, Donnie Long of Arlington, Texas; three brothers, Montey Cain, Donnie Conatser and Ronnie Conatser, all of Wills Point, Texas; two sisters, Linda Freeman of Fort Worth, Texas and Kathy Harbor of Tucson, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Saturday in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann with the Reverends David and Sherrie Lapiro officiating. Burial was at the Marked Tree Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Thomas Lytle, Marvin Conatser, Jim Bo Conatser, Tim Armstrong, Eddie Lapiro, Chris Hisaw, Larry Floyd and Herman Floyd. Visitation was Friday.