Published 2:35 pm Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Melvin Freeman, 83, a resident of Bogalusa, died Monday morning, Jan. 17, 2022, at the Sterling Place Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. He worked as a mechanic for Crown Zellerbach/Southern Timber for many years and later at Waste Management in Franklinton. Melvin enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He was always a kindhearted, good-natured man to his family and all that knew him.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Kelvin and Kally Freeman of Franklinton; a daughter, Barbara Freeman and Bury Mark of Franklinton; nine grandchildren and spouses; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Isabel Dunaway of Denham Springs; former wife and mother of his children, Mary Ryals of Franklinton; and also numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Randy Freeman; parents, Willie Freeman and Mary McBeth Freeman; four brothers; three sisters; and longtime companion, Mildred Katherine Slocum.
Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 11 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. A graveside funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, in the Pounds Cemetery near the Sun Community, with the Rev. Keith Sheridan officiating.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Freeman, Jonathan Freeman, Jay Freeman and Iklan Tate.