Funeral services for Maxie Winifred Freeman, 86, of Tyler, will be held on Sunday, June 29, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral home with Dr. Paul Powell officiating. He will be laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 1:30 p.m., one hour prior to the service.
Max passed away peacefully under the loving care of The Hospice of East Texas. Mr. Freeman was born Aug. 19, 1927, in Smackover, Ark., to his late parents, Lonnie and Victoria Hale Freeman. He was predeceased by his brother, Lonnie Freeman, of Purvis Miss. He has one sister, Donna Jean Mills, of Carthage.
His father worked for Texas Company (Texaco) and led their family across Texas during the oil boom days and into East Texas in the early 1930s and the early development days of the East Texas Oil Field.
Max Freeman graduated from Gladewater High School in 1944 and was a graduate of Texas A&M Class of 1947 as a petroleum engineer. He served in the U.S. Army as part of the occupation forces of Japan at the end of World War II. Upon returning to Texas A&M, he married Helen Joyce Stanley and they were married for 40 years until her death.
After beginning his career with Superior Oil, Mr. Freeman worked for P.G. Lake Company (later Lake Ronel Oil Company) until his retirement in 1982. He was a longstanding member of Green Acres Baptist Church where he taught junior high boy's and later senior men's classes. Mr. Freeman lived a life of service to others and participated and volunteered in many organizations including the Breakfast Optimist Club, Tyler Little League, Smith County Historical Society, Azleway Boys Ranch, Camp Ford Restoration, Camp Tyler, and Meals on Wheels. He was instrumental in the establishment of the East Texas Oil Museum and served on the Tyler City Council. Mr. Freeman was a faithful servant of God who loved his family, church, community, country and a good game of golf.
He is survived by his wife, Clara Nell; his children, Danny Keith Freeman and wife Karen, of Tyler, Steven Yale Freeman and wife Jan, of Lake Conroe, and Vicki Lea Prause and husband Mark, of Houston. Mr. Freeman's legacy continues through his grandchildren, Michael Freeman and wife Amy, of Tyler, David Freeman and wife Holly, of Tyler, Ashley Green and husband Brian, of McKinney, Brad Freeman and wife Rebecca, of Houston, Brian Faulkner, of Orlando, Fla., and Amanda Guajardo and husband Bryan, of Houston; and seven great-grandchildren, Walker, Laura, Charlotte, Wyatt, Callie, Tyler and Max Freeman. Clara's children include Claire Nell Johnson, Donna Hays, Donald Lee Hawkins and the late Buck Hawkins.
The family would like to express its gratitude for his caregivers, Lisa Hurt, Easter Sigler and James Montgomery, along with TMF SICU and The Hospice of East Texas.
In keeping with Mr. Freeman's service to others, the family requests memorials be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University ?Blvd., Tyler, 75701, and/or Healing Hands Ranch, Youth Building, 16170 Cedar Lane Loop, Willis, 77378.
Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors
215 E. Front St. Tyler, TX 75702-8123
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on June 28, 2014