James Freeman who was affectionately known throughout his life as "Sonny Boy" was born on October 12, 1926 in Pennsauken New Jersey to the late Jesse J. Freeman, Sr. and Ida bell Talbert Freeman. He departed this life after a brief illness on Saturday, December 29, 2018. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Jessie, Jr. Charles (Booster), Luther (who died at infancy), and sister Ethel and Gearldine.
James received his formal education in Berlin public school system and Overbrook Regional High School before he enlisted in the US Navy in May 1944. While in the military, he graduated from Central High School in Columbus Ohio, and attended Diamond Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. In his late 40s he attended Camden County College in Blackwood, where he became an honors student.
Additionally, James had an outstanding Naval career, attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer and retired in 1967 after 23 years of service. He also worked fo an additional 22 years as a senior official with the U.S. Department of Defense at the Philadelphia Naval base in Philadelphia, PA, and retired in December 1989.
James loved the Lord and in his eary years attended Green Grove Baptist Church in Berlin, where his father was an Assistant Pastor. In later years, he became a member of AME Zion in Aliquippa, PA and following his return to New Jersey, attended numerous churches in the area until his health began to decline. He was known to quote many Bible scriptures to family members and friends until his final days.
James leaves ro cherish his memory 5 children, Ronald J., (Carmen), Regina, Philip E. Sr., Phyllis and Robin; his former wife Louella; 14 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; special friend Bernice Sullivan; and a host of family and friends.