Lena Belle O’Briant Freeman, 84, passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving and devoted family. Lena was born in Wake County in the New Light Community on February 20, 1930 to the late Jackson O’Briant and Malissia Wilson. Lena married Johnnie Freeman, Jr. on June 2, 1949 and they shared a wonderful life together. She graduated from Sherrills Beauty Academy and was a devoted hairdresser to her many customers. She and her family lived for 42 years on Avent Ferry Road and was a life-long member of Athens Drive Baptist Church.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, September 19, 2014 at Athens Drive Baptist Church, 1601 Athens Drive, Raleigh, 27606 with Rev. Timothy Howell officiating. Burial will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service & Crematory, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, 27545.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Johnnie Freeman, Jr.; son, Johnnie Wayne Freeman;
granddaughters, Jennifer Lynn Freeman and Sheena Freeman Martin; great-granddaughter Raven Freeman. In addition to her parents Lena was preceded in death by her daughter Theresa Lena Freeman on March 1, 2013.
Contributions may be made in her memory to Athens Drive Baptist Church.
Condolences to the family may be sent to poolefuneral.com under Obituaries.