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Ellen Gertrude Freeman


Sunrise: March 13, 1929

Sunset: January 26, 2021

On Tuesday January 26, 2021 just before the breaking of dawn, as the earth and all therein prepared to receive the light of a brand-new day.  The rolls were counted, and it was found that our beloved Ellen Freeman’s name was not found thereon.  For the Lord had appointed and sent His provision that she might be loosed from the bonds of this world, to ascend on high and be carried into His loving hands.

Ellen Freeman (Momma) to all who knew her, was born in Nansemond County, in Olde Holland Virginia, to Willie Edward Johnson and wife Katie Rebecca Williams. They were proud farmers in what we now call Suffolk, Virginia, bringing in the yearly harvest as the Lord blessed them.

Their hope for her, to live an abundant and blessed life of her own, and to embrace children of her own in the city.  So, they gave their precious blessing to Luther W. Freeman to wed, on December 1, 1942, a man whose chest could barely contain the size of his loving heart.  Through this union the Lord blessed even the more with four beautiful daughters and three handsome sons (in order) Mary Gallashaw (Deceased), Luther D. Freeman (Deceased), Barbara Whitfield (Deceased), Willie E. Freeman, Laverne Walker, Jacqueline Jones, and Jeffrey L. Freeman (Deceased).

Through God’s grace, Ellen saw 91yrs. of history unfold and created a legacy of her own.   It was through hard work and determination that she helped provide for her children.  She saw the task before her and rolled up her sleeves.  She took whatever work she could find to help the household to ensure her family’s needs were met.  She drove for a local daycare center, studied nursing assistance, cooked in a restaurant, and worked as an environmental services provider for General Electric.  However, because of her upbringing, devotion to God was instilled in her at an early age.  So she served with vigor in the House of the Lord.  First as an usher, the ministry of helps, and then ascended to the Mother’s Board of The Twine Memorial Holy Temple, where she first joined in 1954. She will be well missed. She has 13 grandchildren: William Barkley, Reginald Gallashaw, Timothy Gallashaw, Jerome Freeman, Lisa Freeman, Gerald Whitfield (Deceased), Javon Whitfield, Garrelle Walker, Jermaine Walker, Jerod Walker, Victoria Jones, Dominic Gordon, Christopher Jones and a host of great-grandchildren.

To those who remain she would most likely say, do not cry for me. I’ve lived a long and blessed life, Trust in the Lord and the Power of His Might.

Viewing Monday, February 1, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service Due to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines please contact Jacqueline Jones for funeral service attendance WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Tuesday, February 2, 2021 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Trustee Mary Smith says

    My prayers and condolence are with you and the family. Mother Freeman is at rest in the arms of God.

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    Deacon Alvin Pimienta says

    May the Lord bless family!Rest In Peace !Mother Ellen Freeman! Deacon Alvin Pimienta and The Twine Memorial Holy Temple Family!$

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    Pastor & Lady Michael B. Porter, Sr. says

    Remembering your wonderful mother and the blessing of comfort during this difficult time. Your Twine Memorial Church family are with you as you navigate through this season. We shall miss her dearly and embrace the glorious coming of the Lord Jesus. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

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    David and Yolanda Bell says

    We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Remember early loss is Heaven’s Gain.
    We know we can’t make your pain go away, but we want you to know we are here with a shoulder near and an ear or anything you need.

    Praying!
    David and Yolanda Bell

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    Geraldene Freeman Mitchell says

    My condolences to the Family ,Mrs Freeman was my Aunt May You All Be Bless.To God Be the Glory ????

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    Linda Freeman says

    Blessings and condolences to the family. Aunt Ellen was a beautiful person, inside and out. You are in my prayers.

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      Avis McCann says

      We are deeply saddened by the lost of your mother. Her memory will be forever in our hearts.

      Mary C. Parker and family.

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    Lisa Renee Freeman says

    I don’t know whether to leave a condolence. She was my Grandma. She was me and I was her. We talked and realized how much we were alike in past times.

    I went to the Norfolk Sentara hospital with no one’s knowledge to visit her but also, in my own way, to say goodbye. She didn’t know who I was.

    Grandma lived life. She’s loved and lost. My Grandma.

    This is my condolence to you. I love you, Grandma.

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    Maurice Parker says

    Blessings and condolences to the family. Aunt Ellen was a beautiful person and always had nice things to say . She will be missed by many and family were just a call away. You’re in our prayers.

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    Renata Jones says

    I know how hard it is to say goodbye so I won t say goodbye but I will see you later on when Jesus comes to take all sorrows away remembering you when I come over to cut and style your hair it s with much love toward s you and the family be bless family for we all know we will meet again . Love you all . Am here for you .

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