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Born February 16, 1929 to Abraham Lincoln Freeman and Myrtle Campbell Freeman in Ft. Cobb, OK. Like most people born in the depression era, he was born into poverty. He and his younger brother, James, knew early on that education was the key to success and were determined to achieve a better life. Both earned advanced degrees and became very successful.
Leamon lettered in high school in baseball as a pitcher and played two years in the American Legion. His senior year of high school he had the opportunity to go to the big city of Lawton and try out with the New York Giants. He made the first cut but decided to return home to Ft. Cobb before the final cut. He graduated from Ft. Cobb High School in May 1947.
He served in the US Army as a surgical technician in 1947-1948 and US Navy as a medical technician in 1950-1951 during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from both.
Fortunately he continued his educational pursuits, graduating from OCU with a business degree (accounting) in 1954. While working as an accountant at Oklahoma Publishing Company, he attended OCU Law School earning his JD in 1964 and was admitted to the Bar the same year. He was a member of the OCU first Moot Court Team in 1964 and received the first Marion Opala Award given by OCU Law School.
He went into private law practice in 1966 where he partnered with Richard Freeman. District judges appointed him special district judge from 1981-1983. Governor George Nigh appointed him district judge in 1983. He heard all types of cases until his retirement in 1996. He was known as one of the fairest judges in the county court house and widely respected by his peers. After retirement, he continued practicing law on the grievance panel with the State Insurance Department.
His public service includes membership in the Downtown Lions Club since 1981. Leamon was past president, past district governor and lieutenant governor and won many awards including 100% Club President, Melvin Jones Fellow, Master Key Award, Edgar S. Vaught Award in 1992, and International Presidents Certificate of Appreciation in 1992-1993 and 1993-1994. He served as chairman of the State White Cane in 1993, District Cowboy Cadillac Chairman 1992, Chairman of Legal Advisory Committee to the Council of Governors, chairman of the VIP Committee and member of Host Committee for USA Canada Forum in 1992.
He was appointed to the Oklahoma Literacy Council by Governor David Walters, was a past member of the Oklahoma City Traffic Commission, the Oklahoma City Board of Adjustment, past president of the Oklahoma County Bar Association. He was a graduate of the National Judicial College, member of the Oklahoma Judicial Conference, a member of the Court of Tax Review of Oklahoma, served six years on the Board of Directors of Oklahoma County Bar Association and as chairman of the Oklahoma Bar Association Administration of Justice Committee. For many years he was a planner for the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner and proudly served the citizens.
Leamon received many awards over his life time including OCU Distinguished Law Alumni Award in 1989, Oklahoma Literacy Council Leadership and Service Award, and Oklahoma Literacy Council Special Award and he was a Life Master Bridge player.
He strongly believed that literacy was a major force in the incarceration and recidivism rates. Many defendants passing through his court room were unable to read and write and he worked tirelessly to get literacy programs started.
He is survived by his wonderful wife of 36 years Fay, daughters Mary Freeman Savuto and husband Michael, Dana Billingsley and husband Jim Bellingham, two grandchildren, Shawn Savuto of Norman and Mikayla Savuto of NYC, daughter-in-law Ruth Freeman and his brother James Freeman of Happy Valley, Oregon.
He is preceded in death by his son Leamon Freeman, Jr. (Junior) and daughter Robin Billingsley.
The family extends a special THANK YOU to the Mercy Hospice nurses and care-takers including Bobbie Nubine, Renee Finchum, Net House and Hattie Gaston. Charitable contributions can be made in Leamon's name to Mercy Hospice, 4300 W. Memorial Rd., Suite 143, OKC 73134.
A Celebration of a Life well lived will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, NW 65th & Broadway Ext., OKC.