O. B. Freeman was born in Sweetwater, Texas, to Otto and Clara Freeman on Aug. 15, 1924. He graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1943 and joined the United States Marines on June 17, 1943. He joined the Marines as a Private and was discharged in 1945 as a Corporal. O.B. participated in operations against enemy forces during World War II in the Marshall Islands: Saipan and Tinian in the B Company, 23rd Regiment, 4th Divison. He was awarded various honors including the Silver Star and Purple Heart.
He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1949 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and was a founding member of the Wrangler Social Club. After graduation, he was employed by Armour and Company in Fort Worth, Texas, as beef production manager. In 1951, he was transferred to Corpus Christi, Texas, as division manager for the South Texas area until 1955. He ended his employment with Armour in 1962, when he was offered an opportunity to return to his hometown of Sweetwater as the assistant plant manager for Pace Packing Company. He retired from Lone Star Cement in 1988.
He married his bride, Cora Weissinger Freeman, on Aug. 10, 1951, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
A West Texan through and through, he loved nothing more than being outside golfing, hunting and fishing.
He is preceded in death by his parents O. B. and Clara Freeman, sister Inez Lunceford, brother Edward Freeman and sisters Claudia McGlothing and Kathleen Turner.
He is survived by his wife Cora of 59 years; children Deborah Freeman Clark, Mark Freeman and wife Pamela, Jimmy Freeman and wife Melinda and Brenda Freeman Cantrell.
He enjoyed all of his family and especially his 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is remembered by his “grizzley hugs” and his humor. He is the hero of the family and loved by many and taught all those he knew to be proud of their country.
Services will be held Monday, Nov. 8, at Texas State Veterans National Cemetery in Abilene, at 11 a.m., with a Memorial Service at McCoy Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Robert Weissinger officiating, under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
The family will receive friends Monday, Nov. 8, from 2-3 p.m. at the funeral home.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Texas Tech Wranglers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contribution to be made to Hendrick Hospital Hospice at 1682 Hickory Abilene, TX 79601; American Diabetes Association at 10 Desta Drive Suite 220E Midland, TX 79705; or the charity of choice.