Freeman, Evelyn Harrison (Mrs. Ephriam)


1898 - October 27, 1983
Mrs. Evelyn Harrison Freeman, affectionately called “Miss Mamma”, the first daughter born to the union of Jesse and Lucretia Hives Harrison of Baker, Louisiana, passed away at the Baton Rouge General Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Thursday morning, October 27, 1983, at 9:40 a.m. She was 85 years old.
She was preceded in death by both parents and by her husband, the Reverend Ephriam Freeman, Sr. Prior to her marriage, she taught primary grades at the Thompson Chapel Church School at Baker. The wife of a Methodist Episcopal parson, she worked for many years as his helpmate throughout the Louisiana Conference. In 1943, when Rev, and Mrs. Freeman established permanent residence in Baton Rouge, this devoted wife and mother became first lady of the charges pastored by her husband. She held memberships in the Parent Teacher Associations of the schools attended by her children and in the Parsonettes. She was a beloved neighbor and friend of the community.
At the time of her passing she was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge. She served in the following capacities: Communion Steward, Circle A, United Methodist Women, and the Parsonettes of the Baton Rouge-Lafayette District. She was a member of Household of Ruth, Chapter No. 28, Daughters of Universal Eastern Star, Mars #48 and the Royal and Exalted Order of Amaranth No. 7.
She was survived by four daughters: Mrs. Evelyn F. Edwards, Northridge, California; Mrs. Ina Lee F. Williams, Mrs. Willie Mae F. Alexis, and Mrs. Anna Elizabeth F. Turner, all of Baton Rouge La.; fours sons: Edward McConnel of Dallas, Texas; Ephraim, Jr., of Baton Rouge; James Calvin of New Orleans; and Julius Overton of Houston, Texas; two brothers: Mr. James Harrison of Baton Rouge and Dr. Joseph L. Harrison, Lincoln, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Mrs. Allie H. Dickerson, Benton Harbor, Michigan and Mrs. Harriet H. Carter, Baton Rouge, 17 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Her survivors also include 4 daughters-in-law and 3 sons-in-law.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1984, p. 202 By Kenneth M. Fisher

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