Mrs. F. K. Freeman Obituary
Friday, Feb 25 1921
Funeral Service For Mrs. Freeman Today at 11 a.m.
One of Athens' Most Beloved Women to Sleep in Beautiful Oconee Cemetery.
Funeral services for Mrs. F.K. Freeman, who died at the residence, 1225 Milledge avenue, on Wednesday night at 11 o'clock, will be held from the home this morning at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. E.L. Hill, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, and interment will follow in Oconee cemetery. The following gentlemen will be active pallbearers; Messrs. H.H. Linton, J.E. Hart, T.F. Green, J.T. Dudley, J.H. Dozier, E.I. Smith, Sr., W.J. Russell and T.W. Baxter. The members of the city board of education will be honorary pallbearers and are requested to meet at the residence. Surviving Mrs. Freeman, is the husband, Mr. F.K. Freeman; also a sister, Mrs. Edith S. Blackshear, of Greenville, S.C.; a niece, Mrs. Albion Knight, of Sewanee, Tenn.; grand-niece, Miss Minna Turpin, of Greenville, S.C. and a grand-nephew, Powell Yates, of Sewanee, Tenn.
A real first-class teacher is one who can impart knowledge in such a way that the student can receive and apply it, and be inspired to search after more of it. A most difficult task is to teach the primary grades in school, for such a teacher must study each scholar and decided definitely the best method of approach to that young and undeveloped mind and heart; and after the gifts are discovered to lead them out , as the word "educate; would indicate, into their full and rich development. No school ever had a more efficient teacher than the Athens Public school had in the person of Mrs. F.K. Freeman. She was a wonderful teacher of little children, for she inspired their love and devotion, which was shown in the school room and on the streets; and she always found it possible to get the best there was in the young mind to become interested in her work. When she retired a few years ago, from our schools, some of us realized that Athens had suffered an irreparable loss, and that her place could not easily be filled.
As a friend she thought kindly of others and always spoke the cheerful word that sent others to life's task with new determination and stronger purpose. She was always a genuine pleasure for the writer to stop in this hospitable home and enjoy the warm and sincere welcome that sent him along his way with a certain feeling of refreshment and restfulness.
For a number of years this good woman has been called upon to "supplement the afflictions of her Lord," and she has done her part well. With all the suffering that has been hers for the past number of years, and with all the limitations that have been thrown about her life because of her ill health, she has not uttered a word of hopelessness and impatience, a suggestion of rebellion and dissatisfaction; but she has ever been the scatterer of sunshine and joy, the dispenser of peace and hope to others. She has welcomed her friends, even when she suffered and was sick, not that she might tell them the story of her own ills, but that she might comfort them with the joys of her faith.
She and her devoted husband untied with the Presbyterian church a number of years ago and were faithful and regular in attendance upon the services until ill-health prevented; and since then she has always manifested the greatest interest in all the work of the church; and she an her husband have been a source of great joy, and nothing short of a benediction, to their pastor; for they were not merely members of the church, but friends whose interest was unceasing and ever manifesting itself.
When this beautiful life closed, the city of Athens lost one of its beautiful souls and the church one of its best interpretations of the life of its Great Master; and in this loss the only compensation is to be found in the fact that heaven was made richer. - E.L.H.