Chester Nimitz Freeman, age 66, of West Orange, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 7. Chester was born August 11, 1946, in Orange, to Robert and Ruby Curl Freeman. He was honorably retired from the U.S. Navy, March of 1970. Chester was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in West Orange, and was a member of DAV, FRA and American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Freeman and mother, Ruby Lucille Freeman; brother, Bobby Allen Sarver; sister, Carrie Franklin.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Francis Motley Freeman; sons, Fred A. Freeman and Jason N. Freeman, all of West Orange, Jason Companion and Sumnar Strayhorn, her daughter Akiyah Ward, all of Port Arthur; sisters, JoAnn Demon of Bridge City, and Myrtle (Sissy) Holmes of Orange; brothers and sisters-in-law, Louis Freeman and wife, Carolyn (Sue) of Vinton, Ruben Freeman and his wife, Shirley of Bridge City; aunt, Shirley Waldrop of Jasper County, and nine nieces and 13 nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 10, with the Rev. David Millner, and the Rev. Kevin Trinkle officiating. Internment was in Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange, with military services.

Pallbearers will be, Howard Hobden, Robert Franklin, Troy Shelton, Harry Franklin, Michel Davis, Bobby Shelton. Honorary Pallbearers will be Louis Freeman, Ruben Freeman, Harry Hobden and Arthur Hobden.

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The family would like to wish a special thank you to the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital, and the 2nd floor nursing staff; Dr Thome, and his staff; Dr. Martin, and his staff; Dr. Vertil, and his staff; Dr. Badlissi, and his staff; Dr. Harris, and his staff; Group Care, for their loving care and support, bless all of you, and a really special thank you, to River City Hospice for their loving care and support.