Obituary of David Willard Freeman
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On Thursday, July 28, 2022, David Willard Freeman, a loving husband and father passed away at age 75.
David was born in Marion, NC, to Gladys and Willard Freeman. He studied Political Science at North Carolina State University, then joined the United States Marine Corps. David was stationed in Japan during the Vietnam War, living for two years before returning to Marion. He then graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
On July 1, 1978, David married the love of his life, Cynthia L. Taylor, in a ceremony on top of Roan Mountain. In 1984 David and Cynthia gave birth to their daughter Talia Lee. David received a master's degree in Mass Communications from Arkansas State University. After working as a reporter and editor for many years, David was hired as the Director of Student Publications at Appalachian State University in 1991. His career spanned over two decades. David's pride was in his school and students; he shared his passion for journalism with thousands of students over the years.
David was an honest, quiet man and spoke with intention. His sense of humor, encouraging nature, and forgiving soul made him an impactful teacher and friend. He loved football, history, and political science, was a brilliant writer and had an uncanny ability to find the good in all situations and people. He was a spiritual man and looked forward to his weekly Sunday school class at Boone United Methodist Church. His love for his wife Cynthia, daughter Talia, the United States Marine Corps, and his community was unwavering. He enjoyed sharing his opinion on Facebook or with anyone that would listen. Still, he knew that no matter a difference of view, we are always the same in God's eyes.
David is survived by his wife, Dr. Cynthia Taylor, daughter Talia, son-in-law Robbie, sister Jean, brother Wayne, niece Robin, and his nurse and friend Jessica. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 2:00 pm, at Boone United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Scout Troop 109 in the care of Boone United Methodist Church.
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