Jack Dempsey Freeman

Services for Jack Dempsey Freeman 89 of Milo, Ok. will be Thursday 10:00 a.m. June 24, 2010 at the Milo Baptist Church in Milo, Ok. with Brother Mike Johnston and Brother Jamie Griffin officiating. Burial will follow at the Graham Cemetery in Graham Ok. Jack Dempsey Freeman went to be with the Lord on June 21, 2010 at his residence near Milo Oklahoma. Jack was born on January 4th, 1921 near Ninnekah Oklahoma to the late William Jay and Minnie Lee (Lawrence) Freeman.

Growing up in Chickasha, Oklahoma, Jack developed life long 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 Ok. He was also employed as a tool designer in 1980 from Bell Helicopter and retiring from their 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, 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 Sunday School class of Milo Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Wednesday evening at Roberts Funeral Home.

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

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