Eric passed away unexpectedly on October 23, 2022 at the age of 69.
He is survived by his 29-year-old wife, Beth McNair Freeman; and he was preceded in death by his parents, William Thurman Freeman and Dorothy “Dot” Gaddy Freeman.
Born in Kanawha County, West Virginia, Eric moved to Hamlet in the second grade. Eric had many fond memories of his childhood in Hamlet. He kept reminiscing about his glory days playing baseball and football with his teammates. Eric especially loved going to Shallotte and spending time with his cousins on their grandfather’s fishing boat, who owned Harriet B.
After graduating from Hamlet High School, Eric attended NC State before earning his Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado.
Eric made Colorado his home and worked for (Lockheed Martin) Martin Marietta Aerospace for over 30 years. Eric has worked on several highly ranked programs that have earned him many achievement awards and accolades.
Living in Colorado was perfect for Eric’s adventurous side. He loved the mountains! Climb a 14,000 foot mountain, whiz down a ski slope, hike the trails or just take pictures. Eric was always up for adventure or mischief, rock and fossil hunting, camping, Night of Fire and Thunder at Bandimere Speedway with the best fuel dragsters or trying his hand at pyrotechnics. Sometimes just taking out his high-powered telescope and glancing at the sky was enough to make him happy.
Eric and Beth moved to Rockingham after Eric tried again and were happy to have their lakeside home close to family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 2 November 2022 at First Presbyterian Church, Hamlet. The family welcomes friends after the service outside the church at Eric’s Memory and the reception in the fellowship hall.
Please plant a tree in Eric’s memory or set up memorials at First Presbyterian Church, 200 Rice St., Hamlet, NC 28345.
Online condolences can be expressed at watson-kingfineralhome.com. The Watson-King Funeral Home in Hamlet serves the Freeman family.