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2014-01-02

Theodore R. 'Ted' Freeman Jr.

1931-2013

Theodore R. "Ted" Freeman Jr. passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, Dec. 4. He was born Jan. 8, 1931 in Leicester, North Carolina, the oldest son and second child of Theodore R. Freeman Sr. and Belva Gosnell Freeman.

In September 1947, Ted met the love of his life at the Rollerdrome in Asheville, North Carolina. He married Marilyn Forbes on June 4, 1949 in Dunn, North Carolina.

Ted proudly served in the United States Army from 1949 until being honorably discharges in 1952 at the rank of corporal. He moved his family to San Antonio in 1952.

For many years, Ted worked in the automobile industry in the Alamo City, becoming the manager of the Main Lincoln Mercury dealership.

After moving on to real estate, he owned San Antonio Real Estate until his retirement.

A loving husband and father, Ted's family was the focus of his life. He was also a great outdoor enthusiast whose hobbies included fishing, hunting and gardening. An honest, simple man, Ted enjoyed sitting on the front porch smoking his pipe and watching the day go by.

"He's good to ride the river with" was one of his favorite quotes, meaning the person was reliable and could be counted on.

Ted is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son Theodore R. Freeman III of Austin; daughter Sheila Freeman Tobin and her husband, Phillip, of Bandera; sisters Wanda Fisher and her husband, Ralph; Beatrice Guthrie and her husband, Jimmy; and Laura Louise White and her husband, Bobby, all of North Carolina; brother Lattie Anson Freeman and his wife, Ann, also of North Carolina; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother Robert Freeman.

Ted's family would like to offer special thanks to Larry Hooker and the staff of Harbor Hospice for their care and support.

Graveside services were held at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio on Wednesday Dec. 11, under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home.

John Babel, Mike Freeman, Patrick Henry, Larry Hooker, Robert Smith and Phillip Tobin were honored to serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ted's name may be made to Saint Jude's Children's Hospital, Harbor Hospice, cancer research or to a charity of choice.