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Roy Taylor Freeman of Orgas, WV passed away peacefully on Saturday September 23, 2018 of natural causes at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston, WV. He was 96 years old. Roy was born on December 15, 1921 in Heidelberg, Ky, the second oldest of fourteen children, to parents Shelby Freeman and Alice Bowman Freeman. He is preceded in death by his wife Josephine Carpenter Freeman, his parents, sisters Shirley Lowe and Midge Totten, brothers Pete, Ed, Harry, Bob, Ernest, Fred, Paul and Carl. He has three surviving brothers Charley, Shelby Jr and Ben.
He is survived by his four children Taylor Duane Freeman and wife Angie of Cookeville, TN, Sandra Lynn McDonald of Orgas, WV,
Dana Joel Freeman of Dalton, GA and Julianna Freeman of Fayetteville, WV
Grandchildren Andrea Ziegler, Michael Wilhoit, Macklen Freeman, Scott Freeman Gary McDonald, Toy Freeman, Kara and Kasey Jones
Great Grandchildren Samuel, Eli, Natalie, Taylor, Tessa, Wyatt, Molly, Vada and Paisley.
He is also survived by his companion and caretaker Abbie Grant, her son Leon Lang and wife Christina. Roy worked on his family’s farm in his youth. The family moved to WV during his early years where he later worked in the coal mines in 1939 until he enlisted in the United States Army on August 5, 1942 to serve in World War II.
Roy married his wife Josephine Carpenter on August 17, 1942. She accompanied him to various training posts within the United States until he was shipped overseas for combat.
He served in Company A of the 533rd Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment as an Amphibious Truck Driver and Heavy Truck Driver carrying troops, equipment, ammunition and supplies from ships to shore and depots to the front lines where he experienced fierce and heavy combat in the Southern Philippines, in Lugon, in New Guinea and in Bismarck Archipelago. He was awarded an Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with Four Bronze Stars and Bronze Arrowhead and a Philippine Liberation Ribbon.
On January 29, 1944 on Cape Cretin New Guinea while serving in Company F, the Japanese conducted a bombing raid in broad daylight. During the attack Roy received head wounds from shrapnel along with five other men in his unit. He was awarded a Purple Heart. He was also awarded a Bronze Star. Upon his honorable discharge from the military on October 3, 1945, he returned home to West Virginia to resume his career as a miner where he spent the next 37 years working, continuing to raise his family and enjoying hunting, fishing, bowling, golf, softball and an occasional trip to the dog track and casino.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00p.m. on September 28, 2018 at Montgomery Memorial Park, London WV with David Talhouk speaking. Armstrong Funeral Home is serving the family.