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Freeman Grainger, formerly of Myrtle Beach, passed away on October 20, 2023, in Bowie, Maryland.
Freeman Grainger was born January 21, 1926, to Lonnie Mae Grainger Miles in Marion, SC. Lonnie Mae was the granddaughter of a former slave. While pregnant, she prayed for a sign from God that her child would never be enslaved. God told her that her child would always be free so she named him Freeman based on God’s words to her in a dream. Not only was he blessed with the promise of freedom, but he was also blessed with a long life full of health, family, and abundant love. He transitioned peacefully in his sleep on October 20, 2023, after living 97 wonderful years.
Freeman graduated from the Marion County Training High School in 1943. Soon after, he was drafted into World War II in January 1945, and left in December 1946 after earning the rank of Corporal. Afterward, he returned to South Carolina and completed vocational training in brick masonry. He spent the entirety of his career doing what he loved – working with tile and stone. He was always generous with his talent and could be relied on to lay a floor, fix a leaky pipe, or install an appliance while visiting family members. All of his life he valued education and the importance of literacy. He never stopped learning by watching documentaries, reading magazines and books, and doing crossword puzzles.
Freeman enjoyed restoring the floors of historic homes, especially properties in Charleston. He loved the natural beauty and food of South Carolina’s low county, particularly cakes and all things sweet. He knew his way around the kitchen and was an excellent cook except for grilling – too heavy on the char. Fried fish was a true favorite and was happily eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
After retirement, he was fortunate to be able to travel and spend quality time with his family in and out of South Carolina. Being able to visit with nieces, nephews, cousins, and family friends gave him enjoyment and a sense of purpose. He never turned down an opportunity to love on and teach many generations of descendants thoughtful and humorous life lessons.
Freeman leaves behind four surviving children – Gertie Corbett (spouse Isiah Corbett), Delice Brown (spouse George Brown), Quana Grainger, and Rickie Grainger. Preceding him in death were his wife Bessie Brunson Grainger and two sons – Freeman Grainger, Jr. and Jackie Legette. Surviving grandchildren – Dorian Corbett, Nichelle Corbett, Lauren Brown Lewis, Morgan Brown, Frizzel Davis, Bernnadette Legette, Gloria Legette, Kevin Legette, Dexter Young, and John Allen Legette.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 28, 2023, at Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Pine Island Community Cemetery. There will be a viewing 1 hour prior to the service. Ocean View Funeral Home and Beach Crematory, Myrtle Beach Chapel is assisting the Grainger Family.