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Frank Freeman

August 5, 1965 — September 19, 2022



Frank Freeman III was born August 5, 1965 in Manhattan New York to Shirley Freeman and the late Frank Freeman Jr. He was the youngest of three children. As a child he was very inquisitive, he always wanted to know more about what was happening in the world. His sense of adventure afforded him many friends, and he loved to hang out and play basketball. He enjoyed karate films and sci fi movies. To his friends he was known as “Frank Snap” because of his quick wit when playing “the dozens.”

Frank was a very bright student. He attended Bronx High School of Science, which was ranked number two in the state of New York. He excelled in his studies, and was an integral part of the school basketball team. He graduated with honors, and was a member of the National Honor Society. As a promising scholar, he had his pick of colleges to attend, including Harvard and Brown. He decided to follow in his siblings footsteps and attend a HBCU. Frank went on to go to Howard University where he received a full scholarship and joined the air force ROTC. He graduated in 1988 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After college he was commissioned into the Air Force where his first assignment was at Hulburt Field Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach Florida, It was here that he became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

As an officer, he was required to rotate assignments. He was stationed at many bases during his career, but his favorite assignment came in 1993 when he was assigned to Bolling Air Force Base. It was here that he met and fell in love with the love of his life, Elsa Clark. Elsa and Frank were married in 1995, and were married for 27 years. From this union one child was born, Kaylyn. Frank loved and doted on Elsa and Kaylyn. He was a devoted and loving husband and father.

Frank had a love of learning. He received his first Masters degree from USAF Air Command and Staff College in Military Science and Operational Studies in 2003. He went on to receive his second Masters degree from the United States Army War College in Military and Strategic Leadership. He enjoyed a robust and fulfilling career in the Air Force. He retired at the rank of Colonel from the Airforce in 2013. He spent 25 years in service of the United States of America, and was a decorated officer, with numerous medals of honor. During his service, he traveled to many places including South Korea, Hawaii, Iraq and Dubai. He worked as a civilian as Associate Director at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing until his death.

Our dear Frank was called home on September 19, 2022. He is preceded in death by his Father, Frank Freeman Jr, His sister Dawrell Freeman, and His Brother Michael Freeman. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Elsa, his daughter Kaylyn of Atlanta Ga, his mother, Shirley Freeman of Bartlett TN, his mother-in-law Carrole Clark of Fort Washington, MD , his father-in law Lawrence Clark (Faye) of Washington DC; 2 sisters-in law Cassandra Cunnigham (Greg) of Upper Malboro, MD, Charlestina Battle (Bruce) of Fort Washington, MD; 7 aunts: Elmarie Martinez of Bartlett, TN, Wanda Tolbert of Millington TN, Pearline Tolbert of Bartlett, TN, Francine Chung of Smithtown, NY, Linda Freeman and Gwen Richardson of Hempstead, NY, and Dena Braithwaite of Bronx, NY, 3 uncles, Charles Tolbert, Roy Tolbert and Rozelle Tolbert of Memphis TN; and a host of cousins and friends.


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Sunday, October 2, 2022

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