John Samuel Freeman was born January 4, 1944 to John Albert Freeman and Virginia Lynch Freeman in Moultrie, Georgia. He graduated from Colquitt County High School, where he lead the Packer football team to many victories as their captain. He continued his education by earning his Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering at Auburn University and his Master Degree in Finance at Valdosta State University.
Sam served his country in the Navy with Mobile Construction Battalion 58 as a Lieutenant for two tours in Vietnam. He was proud of his Sea Bee brothers and enjoyed attending annual reunions with them.
Most of Sam’s working life was spent with Georgia Power Company, where he fully and enthusiastically embraced the company motto “A citizen wherever we serve.” He worked in the Valdosta, Gwinnett, Summerville and Rome offices. After retirement from “the Company”, as he called it, he worked for Georgia Northwestern Technical College with the adult literacy program.
His last full time employer was the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce as Director of Business and Industry Services. In retirement, Sam enjoyed driving a golf cart or a shuttle bus as needed for The Season Events.
The lives of many Romans have been affected by Sam’s extensive service to the community he loved. As Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, he was instrumental in working with other community leaders to develop the Rome Floyd 2020 Plan, which continues to be a model for the growth and development of our community. The United Way of Rome, Georgia Power Employees Credit Union, Etowah Youth Science and Technology Center, the Floyd County Board of Elections and the Rome Floyd County
Development Authority are organizations he enjoyed serving. His current involvements include the Floyd Healthcare Management Board, the Polk Medical Center Board, the Family Resource Center Board, Georgia Power Ambassadors, the Historic Preservation Committee, and One Community United Group. Although not one to seek attention, he was deeply moved by being named for a Heart of the Community award.
Sam’s church home was Trinity United Methodist Church, which he served as Chair of the Trustees committee.
The quintessential Southern Gentleman, Sam loved his Auburn Tigers and attended home games or watched them with Cheryl, whom he recruited to the War Eagle way of life. He loved John Wayne movies, could quote the Lonesome Dove movies, and read widely. He enjoyed travel, feeding hummingbirds and songbirds in the backyard and was not fond of squirrels.
Mourning his passing and cherishing their memories are his beloved wife Cheryl, his adored son John Samuel Freeman, Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, his “steppies” Sarah Huffman and Will Huffman, sisters Elaine Bullock and her husband David, Bonnie Moore and her husband Marvin, sister in law Lisa Caudill and her husband Dale, brother in law Kevin Wearmouth and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. His beautiful smile will be greatly missed by many lifelong friends, neighbors, business associates, and many others whose lives he touched.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at 3 p.m. with Associate Pastor Jonathan Lawson officiating. The family will receive friends at First United Methodist Church of Rome in the Wilder Center on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Flowers will be enjoyed and memorial contributions may be made to; Trinity United Methodist Church, 606 Turner McCall Blvd., Rome, Ga. 30165 or one of the many Floyd County charitable organizations of the giver’s choosing. Please visit our website at www.daniels-funeral.com to share memories and post tributes.
Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.