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Jerome Warren Freeman Sr.

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

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

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 seven due to complications from spinalmeningitis.

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

Survivors are his wife of 55 years, Helen Beatrice JacksonFreeman, of Indianapolis; 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.