Mr. Mark Alan Freeman

August 29, 1951 – March 14, 2021

Mark Alan Freeman, age 69, passed away on Sunday March 14, 2021 at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Alabama. He was the husband of Karen Freeman and father to Matt, Luke, Ben, and Katie.

Mark was born in Fort Jackson, South Carolina to the late Billy Gene “Red” and Mary Smith Freeman.

He is survived by his wife Karen Bowden Freeman, his children and eight grandchildren. Matt and Susana Freeman and their children, John Thomas, Matthew, and William. Luke and Lee Freeman and their daughter, Lillie. Ben and Linsey Freeman and their children, Faegan, Huelon, and Thatcher. Katie Owen and her daughter, Belle Easley. Mark also leaves behind his adored mother, Mary Freeman; sister, Lee Ann Howington; sister-in-law, Jo Ellen Welch as well as his beloved nieces and nephews.

As a 1969 graduate of Hardaway High School in Columbus, GA and a 1974 graduate of Auburn University, Mark was adventurous throughout his life. Some of the things special to him were being a member of Friendship Primitive Baptist Church in Ringgold, GA, membership in SCV, traveling, and being a cattleman. He was a believer in the American Dream and an avid entrepreneur. As a man who never met a stranger, he made many friends from all walks of life.

Mr. Freeman was the founder of Inspec Tech; he was awarded DeKalb County Businessman of the year (2004), Alabama Manufacturer of the Year (2004), and was selected in the Inc. 5000 fastest growing small businesses in the nation.

His greatest achievements were his cherished children and grandchildren. He was extremely proud of their talents, work ethic, and achievements.

His family will always remember him for his charismatic and one-of-a-kind personality, loving his bulldogs, finding a good value, and pretending to write his book.

And now to end with Mark’s famous words…”I’m just going to shut up”.

Entities special to our family:

UAMA-Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute    4018 W. Capitol Ave.    Little Rock, AR 72205

Friendship Primitive Baptist Church    3630 Post Oak Road      Ringgold, GA 30736



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Date of Funeral: Thursday, March 18, 2021

Funeral Location: Graveside Service at Head Springs Cemetery (42250 HWY 11, Valley Head, AL 35989)

Funeral Time: 1:00 PM

Officiating: Pastor Wayne Peters


Date of Burial: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Burial Location: Head Springs Cemetery

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35 entries.
Mary Lou Marth(Cooper) from Fortson, Ga wrote on March 19, 2021 at 3:18 pm
I remember Mark well at HHS. He was so funny, making all that knew laugh on a regular basis. Everyone loved Mark. He will be missed by the ‘69 Class of Hardaway High School. Prayers for his beloved family.
Derry Adams from Wilmington, NC wrote on March 18, 2021 at 1:11 pm
I loved seeing, talking to, and reminiscing with Mark at the HHS reunions. He was a much loved friend to many of us. I will miss him.
shug hickman from shelbyville,ky wrote on March 18, 2021 at 11:50 am
Mark, Charlie Bradbury, and Bill Clements had great times playing golf in Gulf Shores. Fate brought a great friend into our lives. So sorry for your loss. I do remember our discussions about the best martini in town. He always voted for Papa Roccos Rest in peace good friend
Carla from Holder wrote on March 18, 2021 at 12:41 am
I know Mark will be missed by so many. We always had a good laugh when he came to the office for his blood work. He could always brighten my day! I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. He will always be remembered.
Mitch Mitchell from Ft. Payne wrote on March 18, 2021 at 12:11 am
Praying for the family during this time.
Mitch Mitchell
Edwin Leeson from Columbus wrote on March 18, 2021 at 12:00 am
My deepest condolences 🙏 and prayers to Karen and the children, as well as Mary Freeman and Lee Ann!
Scott Hulgan from Valley Head wrote on March 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm
Rest in Peace old friend
Sam Burns from Tallahassee wrote on March 17, 2021 at 9:21 pm
I really enjoyed reuniting with Mark at our 45th high school reunion. We enjoyed a great dinner together in Columbus and a round of golf as well. He was always a great guy to be around and never met a stranger! May God bless all the family as I'm sure he will greatly missed!
Charlie Bradbury from Louisville, Ky wrote on March 17, 2021 at 8:20 pm
I met Mark years ago on the golf course at Gulf Shores,Al. He was a joy to be with. He had a great personality and a sparkling sense of humor. We will miss him.
Darrell Hester from Newnan, Georgia wrote on March 17, 2021 at 6:44 pm
Mark was a great friend and a pleasure to know. I will remember his grin from our last class reunion. We will add your family to our prayers. He will be missed.
Harold A Bouldin from DeKalb Rifles Camp#1824 SCV wrote on March 17, 2021 at 5:36 pm
On behalf of the members of the DeKalb Rifles, I send condolences to the family of Mark Freeman. Mark was a great member of our camp and always seemed to enjoy himself at our meetings. He was an active recruiter for our camp and he thought it was important that a stand be taken for our heritage and history. God bless him!
Allen Braswell from Evans, GA wrote on March 17, 2021 at 2:10 pm
I was one of the kids that grew up on Japonica Drive. We all went through school together. Although a lot of us went our separate ways after high school and seem to lose touch and I only occasionally saw Mark at high school reunions and kept up with him vis his posts on the Hardaway "69" class site, I still have a lot of childhood memories of us Japonica Drive kids playing whatever sport was in season, riding bikes, and generally getting into the kind of mischief that kids normally do. Although we had lost touch over the years I still consider Mark a friend and was truly sorry to hear of his passing. I will keep his family and friends in my prayers during this season of grief.
Charlie Speakman from Columbus wrote on March 17, 2021 at 1:07 pm
Many fond memories growing up just 3 doors down from Mark. Can still remember Mark knocking on my door early one morning asking if I could go deep sea fishing with him and his dad, and off we went. And the many hours playing football in his front yard on Japonica Drive. And his beloved dachshund "Sport" that he enjoyed so much. And playing golf with Mark and my brother Doug at the Trent Jones course in Opelika. And his parking his Mercedes Sprinter camper van in my driveway while he and Doug went to their last Hardaway Reunion. We will miss his ever smiling face and quick wit. He enjoyed life and was so much fun to be around. He will be missed by many. May God continue to bless and comfort all the family and close friends left behind.
Douglas Brossett from Albany,GA wrote on March 17, 2021 at 11:21 am
We have lost a good mam and for me and others that grew up with him in the Edgewood a wonderful part of our lives !
Carolyn Freeman Morris from Rodeo, CA wrote on March 17, 2021 at 6:07 am
My heartfelt sympathies to all your family. I’m not sure I ever met Mark, but we are cousins as Billy Gene was my Dad’s (C.L. freeman’s) brother, my Uncle. My love goes out to Aunt Myrt and family. My brother, Ray, spoke lovingly of Mark. My prayers of peace and love for you all.
Cathy Stiefel from Fort Payne wrote on March 17, 2021 at 4:00 am
Karen tonight when I received Katie’s text my heart broke for you and your family. I thought a lot of Mark loved to hear him talk. Please let me know if I can do anything. Love you all.
Lucie W. Smith Gory from Hoover, Al wrote on March 17, 2021 at 3:59 am
What a wonderful human being. Love, prayers and comfort for all f the family.
Raymond and Nelda from Dutton wrote on March 17, 2021 at 3:34 am
Luke, sorry about the lost of your Dad-praying for you and your family
faye gassett salter from kathleen ga wrote on March 17, 2021 at 2:38 am
karen so sorry to hear about mark he was such a wonderful person. i was so glad to have run into ben . my prayers are with you
Larry & Sharon Harris from Tenbroeck wrote on March 17, 2021 at 2:31 am
Karen we are so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. He always had a smile. He will be missed.

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