Jerome Warren Freeman Sr.

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Services for Jerome Warren Freeman Sr., of Indianapolis, Ind.,are 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at Sylvarena Baptist Churchin Wesson with burial in the church cemetery. Brookhaven FuneralHome is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Wednesday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church.

Dr. Freeman, 80, died April 2, 2009, in Indianapolis. He wasborn in Indianapolis on July 3, 1928, to George Louis Freeman andIda Helen Freeman.

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He was a teacher, administrator, professor and director of deafservices in eight different states for 48 years. He was director ofdeaf and hard of hearing services for the state of Indiana, withRelay Indiana and also with the Board of Standards forInterpreters. Dr. Freeman was a graduate from the Indiana Schoolfor the Deaf and Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. He held amaster’s degree in education from Mississippi College and amaster’s degree in administration from San Fernando StateUniversity. He also held a doctorate in curriculum andadministration from the University of Tennessee. He was a member ofPeace Lutheran Church for the Deaf. Dr. Freeman had lost hishearing at age 7 due to complications from spinal meningitis.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his two brothers,Russell and Ricky; and a sister, Mildred.

Survivors are his sons, Jerome W. Freeman Jr. and wife, Deborah,of Decatur, and Michael Louis Freeman and wife, Kelly, ofIndianapolis; and his four grandchildren, Jenny, Bob, Joe andSarah.

Memorials may be made to Peace Lutheran Church for the Deaf inhonor of Dr. Freeman.