July 17, 1928 to August 27, 2014
Boonville- Doris V. Freeman, 86, of Third St., widow of Leigh J. Freeman, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, where she had resided since February, 2014.
Affectionately known as "Dottie," she was born in Leighton, Alabama, on July 17, 1928, a daughter of LaVert and Pearl Jeffreys Looney. She grew up in Leighton, AL, where she graduated from Colbert County High School. After that she moved to Corpus Christie, Texas, where she met her husband, Leigh J. Freeman, who was serving his country in the U.S. Navy, stateside during the Korean Conflict. Dottie and Leigh were married in Corpus Christie, on January 20, 1952. After serving his country, the couple moved to Boonville, settling first on East Schuyler St. before moving to their present home on Third St. in 1959.
In the late 1950's the Freemans' established a floral business and greenhouse in Boonville, where Mrs. Freeman was employed as a floral designer. Later they phased out of that business when Mr. Freeman established his trucking and garbage collecting routes. Through the operation of that business, Leigh became known and fondly remembered as "Boonville's Friendly Garbologist." Mr. Freeman died on February 15, 2004.
Mrs. Freeman was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Boonville. She enjoyed gardening, raising flowers and vegetables, and cooking using old family recipes from the south where she grew up.
Dottie is survived by one son, David Leigh Freeman, and his special friend, Arlene Gilbert, Forestport; and two grandsons, James Leigh Freeman and Thomas Michael Freeman, both of Forestport. She was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Leigh Freeman, on October 28, 1989. Also surviving is one brother, Frank (Jeanette) Looney, Leighton, AL; and three sisters, Jeanette Neal, Anniston, AL, Martha Tumlinson, Muscleshoals, AL, and her twin sister, Dora Tumlinson, Corpus Christie TX. She was predeceased by a sister, Nedra Bowen. Also surviving are two nephews, Craig Freeman and Steven Freeman, both of Boonville and a host of nieces and nephews in the south.
Her Funeral will be held on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Boonville. Interment will follow in Boonville Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are in care of the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler Street, Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Boonville Fire Co. Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box #164, Boonville, NY 13309.
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