Mr. Harold Wayne Freeman

January 8, 1942 – February 5, 2021

On Friday, February 5, 2021, Wayne Freeman, loving husband and father passed away at the age of 79. Wayne was born January 8, 1942, in Fort Payne, Alabama, where he later attended high school and had an illustrious football career. He graduated from Ft. Payne High School in 1961 and then attended the University of Alabama from 1961-1964, was an All-American lineman and member of the 1964 National Championship Team.

He is preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Iris Freeman, and his brothers Benny and Steve Freeman and his sister Linda Spivey.

He is survived by his sister Elizabeth “Libby” Wright and his brother Charles Eddie Freeman.

He is also survived by his wife of thirty years, Glenda Freeman, and her daughters Angela Glasscox and Lisa Street, and Glenda’s five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He is also survived by his four children, Aaron Freeman, Laura Knight, Janice Burrows, and Tara Helms, and their mother Elaine Freeman, as well as thirteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the University of Alabama Athletics Department. You can give online at or send checks payable to the Crimson Tide Foundation, noting it is in memory of Wayne Freeman, to Box 870343, Alabama 35487.


Date of Visitation: Saturday, February 13, 2021

Visitation Location: Burt Chapel-Fort Payne

Visitation Time: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM


Date of Funeral: Saturday, February 13, 2021

Funeral Location: Burt Chapel-Fort Payne

Funeral Time: Memorial Service at 2:00 PM

Officiating: Rev. Danny Moses


Date of Burial: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Burial Location: Glenwood Cemetery in Fort Payne, Alabama

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15 entries.
Kay Malone Stringer from Laurens, SC wrote on February 14, 2021 at 3:46 am:
My thoughts and prayers are with this family. Even though I haven’t seen Wayne in many years, I always considered him a friend.
Greg Cook from Arab wrote on February 13, 2021 at 5:23 pm:
One really hot summer afternoon in 1979, Wayne and I were sitting on one of those old Buettner Bros. wooden benches at the Buzz Oil service station in Bangor.
We were talking and drinking Coca-Colas or Mtn. Dews, when a brand new bright yellow Lamborghini wheeled in. A guy in a 3-piece business suit and tie got out and paced around while the person was filling his car with gas. Before getting back in his sportscar, the guy lowered his sunglasses and looked over at Wayne and I and grinned but didn't speak.
As the guy was driving away Wayne said, "you know that guy thought we're just two Podunk, uneducated rednecks."
I said, "yeah." Wayne said, "he's the one wearing a 3-piece suit when it's 110 degrees out here."
Carrie johns from Moody, Al wrote on February 13, 2021 at 3:08 pm:
Forever will be missed.
Roll tide
Carrie johns from Moody, Al wrote on February 13, 2021 at 3:08 pm:
Forever will be missed.
Roll tide
Elizabeth Freeman Wright from Moody wrote on February 13, 2021 at 2:49 am:
To the dearest brother a sister could ask for. when our dad died you stepped up to the plate and filled in for all of us. You made sure each of us had the opportunity to go to college and fulfill our potential.
At 17 you literally took on the role of a grown man helping to raise us, while going to school and playing ball. You faced many challenges in your young life, many disappointments but you never succumbed to them. You used to tell me these where life's lessons and if we used them we would grow to be stronger and better in life.
we would learn to make wiser choices.
The most important thing you taught me "God writes your beginning and your ending but WE write the pages in-between
Those choices would be our legacy we leave behind and the things we would be judged for at the end.
My Sweet Brother you have lifted a beautiful legacy and planted many seeds in this life and they are growing in so many ways.
Wait for me, I will join you soon and we shall rejoice together on heaven high. Love you so much, Libby
Kay Malone Stringer from Laurens, SC wrote on February 13, 2021 at 2:45 am:
Wayne was a high school classmate.Other than his wonderful athletic skills, he was a math whiz! I don’t think he ever bought a math book, he didn’t it and I’m talking advanced math. I only have good memories of Wayne.RIP.
Janice Chitwood from Pike Road, A L 36064 wrote on February 12, 2021 at 5:17 am:
So sorry for your loss.
May God give you peace & comfort.
Roll Tide!
Sherrie Wise from Merritt Island Florida wrote on February 11, 2021 at 7:29 pm:
Praying for your precious family What a wonderful Man. I grew up with his children in Hanceville Janice was my best friend.
Elaine from Bangor, AL wrote on February 11, 2021 at 4:53 pm:
Remembering Wayne.
He always had an amazing ability to tap some deep source of intuitive perception, strength and capability. I called it his Jedi powers. Some abilities that come to mind are his capacity for digging deep to go beyond the strength of mortal men on the football field, in finding the best fishing spot, knowing “when to hold ‘em, when to fold ‘em or when to run,” in situations where trouble was brewing or having appropriate reflex response to avoid disaster. He did indeed at least on two occasions avert disaster when our children were in peril. I will not describe the harrowing scenes but split second response saved life and limb in both instances.
Those of us who were in his life and close to him felt/recognized a depth in Wayne which enabled him to utilize his unique capabilities and also kept him somewhat free from convention and norm. He stood out to people who had awareness enough to recognize this capacity in him and Coach Bryant was among those people as are the members of his family.
We love and miss you and our prayers go with you.
Caleb Stephen Frenchko wrote on February 10, 2021 at 3:11 pm:
Daddy Wayne was always seen as a hero to his grandchildren. Now, he will be a folklore legend to his great grandchildren. He was called the "Finest guard" by Coach Bryant. I cannot match that compliment by The Bear, but I would say Daddy Wayne is the finest grandaddy a grandson could have. Wayne "Foots" Freeman; a Father, Husband, (Great)Grandfather, Brother, and a Son, National Champion, All-American, math teacher, house builder, pontoon master, catfish king catcher, best story teller, and so much more! He got his nickname "Foots" cause the size of his feet and I will be the first to tell you nobody can fill the shoes that my granddaddy left behind. I will always love you Daddy Wayne- your Swabby forever, Caleb.
Bill Ellis from Sugar Hill, GA wrote on February 10, 2021 at 1:21 am:
Clyde has expressed Coach's impact on all of his Duluth Wildcats. I played for him my junior year - he also was my 10th grade math teacher. He helped me immensely following the death of my dad my first year in Duluth. He's in my heart and my prayers. I'm grateful for his presence in my life.
Clyde Byers from Clarkesville, Georgia wrote on February 9, 2021 at 11:33 pm:
I had the privilege of playing my senior year in high school for Coach Freeman and I will always be thankful. I know he must have been tough at Alabama because of how tough he was at Duluth High School. May God Bless his family and loved ones!
Steve Roughton from Whittier, N.C. wrote on February 9, 2021 at 8:23 pm:
He was Great mentor about the game of football, but even more about the game of life. Rest In Peace Coach. Praying for all family members and friends.
Joshua Andrew from Warner Robins, GA wrote on February 9, 2021 at 5:23 pm:
I miss you very much, Daddy Wayne. Your athletic accomplishments are numerous and worthy of the remembrance of future generations. However, the experiences you brought to those around you are eternal. You carried many burdens throughout your life. You endured more than most. You fought the good fight and you will be remembered by every one who knew you. It still amazes me that my granddad is one of the greatest players in Alabama football history. I am so proud of your life and I am thankful for our memories. I love you and I am happy you have ascended to a new, perfect realm. Love you & Roll Tide.
Lisa Street from Oneonta wrote on February 9, 2021 at 4:38 pm:
So thankful for the advice, lectures, jokes and football knowledge! I’ll love you forever and like you always Wayne. Your so deeply missed already!

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