Robert Lee Freeman, 87 of Panacea, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 29, 2019 with his loving family by his side. Mr. Freeman was born in Tallahassee, Florida on January 19, 1932 and grew up in Tallahassee. At a very young age, he learned the grocery business, working alongside his Uncle Hentz Barineau at Barineau's Grocery. He learned valuable lesson's that lead him to his career in life as a meat cutter. After graduation from Leon High School he joined the U. S. Army, where he served as a paratrooper from 1952-1955. He also lived in Apopka, Florida for 18 years before moving to Panacea, where he was later known as the "Roadside Vegetable Man", taking much pride in selling fresh fruits and vegetables to the public.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Nora Barineau and William Freeman; his sisters: Elizabeth Turner, Margaret Weir, Minnie Lee Stockley and Dorothy (Dot) Jaillet; his brothers: Thomas (T.J.) Freeman, William (Bill) Freeman, Lyndel (Lyn) Freeman, his daughter: Caron McKinney and great-granddaughter: Sierra Benton.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years: Barbara Harrington Freeman of Panacea, and his children; Robbie Raynes (Paul) of Tallahassee: Pamela Schaeffer (Bill) of Bailey, Colorado, Wanda Freeman of Panacea, Sondra Harrell(Donnie) of Crawfordville, Brenda Walker (Joey) of Panacea and Kristy Freeman of Crawfordville.
He/aka "Paw-Paw" is also survived by his grandchildren: Robert Lee Freeman Jr. (he finally got a boy), Thomas (T.J.) Burgess, Cody Schaefer, Dustin Walker and Steven McKinney, Joy Benton, Heidi Rcketts, Amanda Turnball, Amber Schaeffer and Melissa McKinney, as well as eleven (11) great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Big Bend Hospice for their love, support and caring spirit that went beyond expectations, the family will be forever grateful.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Visitation for Robert Lee Freeman are set for 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 2, 2019 with services at 10:00 A.M., July 3, 2019, at the Panacea Full Gospel Assembly, 8 Taylor Street, Panacea, Florida.
Burial will be at 2:00 P.M. at the Tallahassee National Cemetery, 5015 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, Florida, 32311.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of Forbes Funeral & Cremation Services, 2758 Coastal Hwy., Crawfordville, Florida 32327. (850) 926-4407
Please visit our online guestbook at www.forbesfuneralandcremationservices.com