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Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the Greater Friendship Baptist Church for Mrs. Barbara L. Freeman, 74, of Youngstown, who transitioned to her heavenly home on Monday, July 9, 2018.
Mrs. Freeman, lovingly known as “Bebe”, was born November 8, 1943 in Farrell, PA, a daughter of Joseph Haun and Lee Emma Harrison. She attended schools in Farrell, Pa before moving to Youngstown and receiving her GED from St. Johns Church. She had been employed with Assumption Nursing Home for over 17 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant, retiring in the early 1990’s.
Barbara was a faithful member of the Greater Friendship Baptist Church, where she served on the Mother’s Board; and loved worshipping with her church family. She was very passionate about taking care of children. She loved to play bingo, crochet, dance, playing computer games and spending time with her family and friends.
She leaves to mourn her passing, but to rejoice in her peace, her daughter, Jada Freeman of Youngstown; sisters, Francinia Sanders of Youngstown, who was her main caregiver, Linda Haun Stansberry and Mia Haun both of Baltimore, MD; brothers, Gary (Dorean) Haun of Baltimore, Terrance Tarver of Youngstown and Charles (Destiny) Holland of Cleveland; stepdaughter, Tysha Hill of Columbus; grandchildren, Dwayne Sellers, Miranda Brown, Ja’Juan Adkins Holland, Marquis Strong, Kimberly Gilmore and Kaylyn Bell; 17 great grandchildren; Kerri (Kyona) Hooker, Darnell Jones, and Nikki Lott all whom she reared among many other whom she mentored and loved. She also leaves dear friends Linda Dozier and Aggie Johnson; goddaughters, Kimberly Adkins, Sarah Hooker and Ivy Caliguire; Denise Delaine, who was also one of her caregivers; and a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws, other family and dear friends.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 20 years, James “J. W.” Freeman whom she married in 1973 and who passed away in 1993; her longtime companion, Joseph M. Mays, Sr.; brothers, Eugene “Peanut” Howard Smith, Jr.; Richard Poole; her sister, Jacqueline “Cabbage” Ann Smith Stump; grandchildren, Je’Vonn M. Hill and Je’Ronn M. Hill; and a nephew, Robert James Brown, Jr.
Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the church. Arrangements entrusted to the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.