Services for Jack Dempsey Freeman, 89, of Milo, Okla., will be Thursday 10 a.m. June 24, 2010, at the Milo Baptist Church in Milo, Okla., with Brother Mike Johnston and Brother Jamie Griffin officiating. Burial will follow at the Graham Cemetery in Graham Okla. Jack Dempsey Freeman went to be with the Lord on June 21, 2010, at his residence near Milo, Oklahoma. Jack was born on January 4, 1921, near Ninnekah, Oklahoma, to the late William Jay and Minnie Lee (Lawrence) Freeman.


Services for Jack Dempsey Freeman, 89, of Milo, Okla., will be Thursday 10 a.m. June 24, 2010, at the Milo Baptist Church in Milo, Okla., with Brother Mike Johnston and Brother Jamie Griffin officiating. Burial will follow at the Graham Cemetery in Graham Okla. Jack Dempsey Freeman went to be with the Lord on June 21, 2010, at his residence near Milo, Oklahoma. Jack was born on January 4, 1921, near Ninnekah, Oklahoma, to the late William Jay and Minnie Lee (Lawrence) Freeman.

 

Growing up in Chickasha, Oklahoma, Jack developed lifelong interests in drawing, painting, birds and wildlife. In 1940, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) after leaving high school and then worked in the aircraft manufacturing industry in California. Jack enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 and went on to serve as an aviation cadet and aircraft engineer. After leaving the service in 1946, he worked for many years in the aircraft manufacturing industry. He then married the former Jackie Faye Goodwin on October 2, 1950, in Milo Okla. He was also employed as a tool designer in 1980 from Bell Helicopter and retiring from there also.

 

Jack graduated from the Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and became an ordained minister. While attending seminary in the late 1950s, he regularly preached at Oil City Community Church near Healdton, Oklahoma. After graduation, he pastored Odell Baptist Church in Odell, Texas, Antioch Baptist Church in Antioch, Texas, and finally returning again to the Oil City Church in the 1980s. He was a member of the Texas Alcohol - Narcotics Education (TANE) for many years, serving as a speaker and driver. Jack loved the Lord and never missed a chance to talk about Jesus with a stranger or a friend.

 

A man of many interests, he was a beekeeper, loved his pecans, enjoyed watching birds, and building/fixing things. Jack had knowledge and skills in so many areas including electronics, mechanics, construction, computers, drafting and drawing, oil painting and art. Rarely bored, Jack was always thinking, imagining and observing, and always enjoyed a lively debate about almost any subject.

 

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charles Franklin “Frank”, Fred Edwards, William Henry, James Louis, Harry Allen; and sisters, Nellie and Jessie Mae.

 

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jackie Faye (Goodwin); four children, Robert Boyd of Bastrop County Texas, Linda Carol and husband, Greg Padilla of Belen, New Mexico, Roger Eugene and wife, Lisa of Silverton, Oregon, and Richard Jay and wife, Tamara of Crossett, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Andrew, Rachel and Savannah; and a host of nephews and nieces.

 

Serving as pallbearers will be the men’s Sunday School class of Milo Baptist Church.

 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Roberts Funeral Home.

 

Contributions may be sent in lieu of flowers to Cross Timbers Hospice.

 

Condolences may be sent online to www.robertsfuneralhomes.us.