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Remembering Dr. Thomas F. Freeman 1919-2020

Remembering Dr. Thomas F. Freeman 1919-2020

Dr. Thomas Franklin Freeman, 100, born June 27, 1919 in Richmond, VA was called to glory on June 6, 2020 in Houston, Texas. He was a world-renowned debate coach, orator, esteemed minister, and professor whose work spanned over 79 years. Dr. Freeman was a devoted husband and dedicated father whose fierce love and commitment to excellence was evident in everything he did. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Clarice Estell Freeman; sons, Thomas F., Jr. and Carter E.; daughter, Dr. Carlotta V.; his sister, Elsie F. Lewis of Philadelphia, PA; six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Louise E. Willis (Walker) and father, Louis H. Freeman, Sr.; seven brothers; and three sisters. He was loved by all who knew him and will be dearly missed.

Texas Southern University (TSU) will hosted a public visitation on Tuesday, June 16, from 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m., with a memorial service that followed, in the Health & Physical Education (H&PE) Arena (3010 Wheeler Avenue, Houston, TX 77004). The service was live-streamed on and on TSU's social media channels.

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In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Dr. Thomas F. Freeman Legacy Fund (