Berlena Wilcox Freeman
Berlena Wilcox Freeman
  • November 30, 1930 - April 7, 2017
  • Stanley, North Carolina

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A devoted wife and mother who loved her family with all her heart best describes Berlena Wilcox Freeman, 86 who went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 7, 2017. She was born November 30, 1930 to the late Porter and Lillie (Grindstaff) Wilcox. Berlena was a lifelong member of New Faith Baptist Church in Stanley and served in many capacities in the church. She loved to listen to gospel music especially the Gaithers. Berlena loved to cook southern soul food for her family and friends and treated everyone with love and respect. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Left behind to cherish her memories is her husband of 65 years, Everett Freeman of Stanley; four daughters, Shirley Ratchford and husband, Tom of Indian Trail, NC, Deborah Rayfield and husband, Mike of Kings Mountain, NC, Donna Markham and husband, Robbie of Palm City, FL, Rebecca McLaughlin and husband, John of Charlotte, NC, brother and sister, Jack Wilcox and Juanita Adams; grandson, Jason Rayfield and wife, Anna; great grandson, Wesley Rayfield.

Berlena was preceded in death by three siblings.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Carothers Funeral Home in Stanley, NC. Reverend Joe Drum will preside.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Berlena's memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215 or

The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to the loving staff at Stanley Total Living Center for their wonderful care of Berlena.

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Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley is honored to serve the Freeman family.