M. Freeman Brown

M. Freeman Brown

September 4, 1924 – March 14, 2018

M. Freeman Brown was born on September 4, 1924 in Dickson, Tennessee to Carl and Essie Brown. He passed away on March 14, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the sixth of nine children.  He joined the US Navy on December 14, 1942, at the age of 18. In 1943 while stationed at 29 Palms Naval Base, he met and fell in love with a beautiful young girl named Pauline Caldwell.  They were married on July 29, 1944 in Modesto, California.  In 1946 they moved to Ainsworth, Nebraska, where their first child was born.

Though they were told they were too young, and it would never last, their union lasted 66 years, eleven months, and one day.

Most important in Freeman’s life was his relationship with God.  He was a true Christian and loved studying and reading the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.  He lived his life accordingly and led by example, leading and encouraging others to follow Christ’s teachings. He spent many years as an elder in the Church of Christ and was constantly helping others.

Freeman and Pauline had eleven children—six sons and five daughters.  As time passed he had 208 descendants.  Freeman was a charmer.  He never met a stranger.  Freeman had a strong work ethic, and had an abundance of love, respect, friends and family.  He loved playing cards, playing dice games, hot sauce, biscuits and gravy, hugs, traveling and a good old-fashioned singing.

Freeman is survived by sons: Carlton (Wende), Paul (Lois), Buster, Dale (Kimberly), Greg (Marilyn) and Sterling (Frances); daughters: Joy Price (Lloyd), Diana Dulaney (David), Raylene Ellis (Terry), Susan Cawthon (Danny), and Karen Smith (K.C.); 208 descendants, and two sisters, Beulah Tyler and Thelma Caldwell.  Freeman was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Pauline; brothers: Clint, J. D., Roy, Harold, and Glenn, sister, Ona; and a great-granddaughter, Katie Bohnenkamp.

VISITATION will be on Sunday, March 18th from 1pm to 5pm at Sunny Slope Church of Christ, 3606 N. 108th St.  His FUNERAL will be on Monday, March 19th at 10am at Sunny Slope Church of Christ, with interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 7909 Mormon Bridge Road; military honors by American Legion Post #1.  Those wishing to make a contribution may do so to Sunny Slope Church of Christ.






  • Sandra Till Posted March 16, 2018 2:37 pm

    Uncle Freeman ‘s name will always be associated with LOVE, KINDNESS & HUMOR & PAULINE, first & foremost. It was always a fun time being with them. He is full of joy being with her now..
    My love to all of you children, being the oldest cousin I had a special remembrance of your proud parents as each were added to the family.

    • Raylene Ellis Posted March 26, 2018 2:14 pm

      You described him so well, he truly was the best. Him and Mama together could do or go through almost anything the world threw at them.

  • Chancy and Teresa Swick Posted March 17, 2018 9:07 am

    Prayers sent to the family at this difficult time as you remember all the great times with great uncle Freeman. Playing cards and the many laughs
    When we visited in Portland, OR.

    • Raylene Ellis Posted March 25, 2018 10:16 am

      He so enjoyed life. He loved playing cards and spending time with family.

  • Renee Corley Posted March 17, 2018 4:22 pm

    You’re all in my thoughts and prayers. Freeman was an outstanding person full of love and compassion for others.

    • Raylene Ellis Posted March 25, 2018 10:13 am

      He was the absolute best, thanks for noticing.

  • Debbie and Bob Kinnamon Posted March 19, 2018 4:44 pm

    I was so glad to see Uncle Freeman when he came to visit. He was such a joy to be around and knew how to keep you laughing. You all were so blessed to have such a God loving man to call your father. May God ease your hearts of the lost you must feel, as he loved you all.

    Love, Debbie, Bob and Aunt Beulah

    • Raylene Ellis Posted March 25, 2018 10:11 am

      We were truly blessed.

  • Raylene Ellis Posted March 25, 2018 10:09 am

    I miss you Daddy. Thank you for being the kind of man God intended and for raising us all in the Church. I don’t know if you knew it, but you have ALWAYS been my hero. You’re capacity for love was phenomenal, your willingness to hep others was awe inspiring, you had what seemed to me the strength of Sampson, and your grace towards others was unending. I loved your humor, and how you surrounded us with love and music. Your capacity for forgiveness was such a good example to us and watching you handle situations with prayer instead of anger and being vindictive was something I will always treasure. I hope you have seen Mama. Perhaps you can watch over us together. I miss you Daddy, you are still my hero and I will love you forever.

  • LaVonne Sedlak Gibbs Posted April 6, 2018 12:58 am

    Lynn, so sorry to hear about your dad. I remember what a nice guy he was. Your mom, too.

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