Funeral services for Daphine Ayers Freeman, 92, of Mabank, were held Feb. 27, 2021, at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton with sons-in-law Bro. Ronnie Daniell and Bro. Steve Glosup officiating. Interment followed in Elm Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Freeman was born Oct. 20, 1928 in the Tundra community near Canton to Johnny Pugh Ayers and Hazel Lorene Carter Ayers. She went to be with Jesus Feb. 23, 2021 in Canton.
Daphine was a member of Clearview Bible Church in Canton and along with her husband, Bill was very instrumental in its beginning. Prior to this she was also a longtime member of Central Baptist Church in Mabank.
Daphine was a kind, loving Christian example to all those in her life. Her family was her pride and joy and at family get-togethers, in reference to the multitude of kids, grandkids and great-grandkids attending, she would frequently say, “I started all this over 70 years ago!”
Daphine loved being included in any events having to do with her family and would often say, “Ya'll know, if you don't want me to come, don't invite me!”
One of her cherished aspects of attending Clearview Bible Church was the parade of grandkids and great-grandkids that would rise from their seats to go and give her and Bill a hug as they entered the building every Sunday morning. Daphine was a precious soul and will be greatly missed. Comfort is found, however, in knowing, as she shared often, that she was prepared and ready to leave this earthly home to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Daphine was preceded in death by her husband Bill Freeman, parents Johnny and Hazel Ayers, daughter Beverly Randell, sons Jim and Larry Elliott, grandchildren Bobby Jack Elliott, Jr., Robert Bryan Elliott and Steven Keith Elliott, great-granddaughter Jessica Tarlton, brother Billy Ayers and step-son Kerry Freeman.
Daphine is survived by her daughters Linda and Ronnie Daniell of Canton and Barbara and Steve Glosup of Mabank, son Bobby and Dusty Elliott of Canton, daughter-in-law Lindie Elliott, step-children Karon and Jack Miller of Mabank and Kevin and Angela Freeman of Mabank, a treasure of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, twin sister Maxine Corey of Canton, sisters Dana Beth Chamblee of Canton, Ima Jo and R.C. Chaney of Canton and Mary Ruth and Gary Mitchell of Maypearl and a host of other relatives and friends.