Ken Freeman


Kenneth Ralph “Ken” Freeman, 70, of Carnesville, passed away Wednesday morning, July 27, 2016, at his home.

Born March 26, 1946, in Dallas, NC, he was the son of the late Charles and Evelyn Joyce Huffsticker.  He was the brother of the late Ricky, Tim, Curtis, and Donald Freeman. He was the step-father of the late Jimmy Thomas.  He was a owner operator truck driver for 43 years.  During that time he drove for Mercer Transport for 24 years, and Ruan Transport. In his driving career he achieved the 3 million miles driven.  A proud Vietnam War  veteran of the U S Navy, he was a rescue specialist aboard Helicopter Rescue Team. During his 10 year career he served  in Vietnam, Roda Spain, San Diego, California, and Iceland, on 4 different aircraft carriers.  He was a member of the NRA, profound story teller, and avid collector of friends.  He had a great passion for his family and as a foster father, and being a member of the Middle River Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife Joyce Canady Freeman; beloved foster children; step son and daughter in law, Willie and Charlotte Thomas, Carnesville; granddaughters, Emily Thomas, Amy Thomas, Shaia Maynard, and Summer Old; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Sue Freeman, Simpsonville, SC, and Chic and Debra Freeman, St Cloud FL; sisters and brother-in-law, Joyce and Randy Wells, Tarpon Springs Fl, and Marlene Shepard, Port Richey, FL.

Services will be Saturday morning at 10am at the Middle River Baptist Church with the Rev. Phillip Garrett, Rev. Kenny Davison, and Rev. Kaylan Hughes. Interment will be in the Lavonia City Cemetery.

The body is at the Ginn Funeral Home. The family is at the home. They will receive friends from 6 until 8pm Friday evening at the funeral home. Condolences may be left at


  1. Sorry to here of Ken passing just found out a few days ago about him being very ill. You and your family is in my prayers . We did not know about the funeral until this morning and I was at work so marvin will be at the funeral . I really enjoyed being with you all at church Ken always had a smile and always something positive to say.

  2. Joyce, I am sorry that you have lost Ken in this life, but I believe you will see him again in Heaven. Ken was a good friend, he always had something to say that would make you laugh and smile. He will be missed. My prayers are with you and the family Joyce.

  3. So sorry to hear of Kens passing, our prayers are with you and your family. Jay & Vickie Mull

  4. Joyce and family , I am so sorry for your loss. Ken was a wonderful person and will be missed by all of us that had the pleasure of knowing him and having him for a friend. God bless you all ! RIP Ken.

  5. So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He was always smiling and brightened our day when he came to the Mercer office. Years pass by so quickly but our friendships last a lifetime. Prayers for you, Joyce as you celebrate his life and your time together.

  6. Al and WandaStro g
    July 29, 2016 - 9:26 am

    Our prays to the family we pray God comforts the family,RIP Ken

  7. Larry and Linda Beck
    July 29, 2016 - 9:25 am

    Ken was a good man. Willing to help other and always with a smile. Rest in pease mr. Ken. Prayers for your family.

  8. Teresa latourette
    July 29, 2016 - 9:12 am

    Prayers for the family. Ken is now driving for the almighty . Thoughts and heart felt sadness. Unit # 13746. Wayne and Teresa LaTourette.

  9. Ken was an excellent driver and did an exemplary job while with Mercer. His visits here were always welcomed and he never left without a smile on his face. I can also call him my friend. Joyce, may you find strength and love in those around you.


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