On August 26, 1948, the Lord blessed John Davis and Viola Egleton Davis with another beautiful daughter, Patricia Ann Davis. She was the fifth of eight children born and raised in Florence, South Carolina.
Patricia grew up in a close-knit family that taught her the importance of love, compassion, service, sacrifice, family, unconditional giving, and having a relationship with Jesus Christ. She loved being around her siblings; and the family’s home was always filled with people and laughter. This was due in part to her mother, “Granny.” From house cook to restaurant owner, Granny, was known for her delicious cooking. And as the saying goes, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree;” like Granny, Patricia had some very impressive culinary skills too—and she always made sure everyone had plenty to eat.
Patricia was educated in the Florence County Public School system. Although she did not finish school, she always wanted more out of life. While in Florence, she met the late James Evans Frierson. Their love grew, and in the late sixties the couple relocated to Washington, D.C., for a better future. They were married on December 4, 1968, and from this union, two children were born: Gregory Eugene Frierson and Dennis Frierson. Family was so important to Patricia; consequently, the doting mother was always on the road with her boys bringing or sending them to South Carolina or Virginia to be with relatives during the summer.
In 1994, Patricia married Woodville W. Freeman; and with great determination and motivation she also earned a diploma that year from Ballou STAY High School in D.C.
Patricia was a friendly, loving woman with an infectious smile and laugh. Whenever she heard something funny, she would reply, “Oh My Lamb.” Further, she lived by faith and had a strong work ethic. Patricia initially worked at a dry cleaner even though her husband was opposed to it. And she held various positions with private companies before finally finding work with the federal government. She was employed with the Architect of the Capitol as an underground tram conductor; and retired in 2015 with over 25 years of dedicated service.
However, her ultimate service was to God, and after visiting several churches she settled down at Southern Friendship Baptist Church, where she would go out and minister to people on the street, leading countless souls to Christ. Later, she made From the Heart Church Ministries her home, as she continued to grow in the Lord. She was an active member of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry, attended many Women of God Lifegivers Retreats, and genuinely enjoyed fellowshipping with her church family.
Patricia will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She leaves to cherish her memory her siblings: Lillie Bell Packer and Vivian Paul (James) of Florence, and Tina Duncan (Alexandria, Virginia); children, Gregory E. Frierson (Suitland, Maryland) and Dennis Frierson (Washington, D.C.); grandchildren, Tyrell Frierson, and Denzel Robertson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, John and Viola Davis; sister, Tina Marie Kagler; brothers: John Davis, Jr., Robert “Pokey” Lee Davis, and Richard Bryant; and husband, Woodville W. Freeman
Please keep the family of Patricia Freeman in your thoughts and prayers.