Thomas (Tom) Franklin Freeman fell asleep in the Lord December 28, 2023, at his home in Oklahoma City after living a full and joyful life. Born August 12,1930, to John Fuller Freeman and Anna Mae Freeman, he was raised in Oklahoma City and attended Classen High School.
Tom met the love of his life in Oklahoma City, Joi Dell Nolan where they dated for four years before joining together in a loving marriage for 69 years and raising four children. Joi says it was love at first sight and Tom often said he looked up and she was the prettiest girl he had ever seen. They went on to build a family, a successful business and a life together full of love.
In addition to attending Classen High School, Tom attended Kemper Military School and went on to Central State University before being accepted into the Kansas City Dental School where he graduated in 1956. After serving in the United States Navy, Tom went on to practice dentistry for 30 years. He was known as a gentle dentist and someone who cared deeply for his patients. After retiring from dentistry, Tom was not done making his mark on the community.
After leaving dentistry, Tom started a successful construction, development and management company. He believed in honesty and integrity for all his projects. Even when disappointed, Tom would go forward and continue with trust in others. Tom was always a hard worker. His first job was at 8 years old when he would push a Borden ice cream cart about three miles a day. He had to decide how much ice and ice cream he was required to prepurchase for the next day. His experience built the family business in caring for customers and staff. The folks that worked for them were treated like family.
Tom loved his family and the bigger the better for him hosting large family get togethers at their home every holiday. He and Joi were always there for family members who might need help shouldering a problem or difficulty. He had kindness and a welcoming face for a family member in need.
Next to family, Tom loved traveling and the out of doors. His achievement to the rank of Life in Boy Scouts started him on a lifetime of outdoor adventure. Being with family and friends outside was his favorite place to be. He and Joi loved their time tent camping around the United States and Canada. He loved snow skiing, hiking, fishing, and exploring small out of the way places such as the island of Anguilla. They also traveled to France and Switzerland to snow ski.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents, brother William Freeman and sister Mary June Duskin. He is survived by his wife Joi, brothers John Freeman and Jim Freeman; children Tom Freeman Jr. and wife Cynthia; Monica McCain and husband Greg; Lisa Hibbard and husband Ray; and Bill Freeman and wife Carolyn. Also, eleven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.
The family respectfully requests that any donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Family graveside services provided by Corbett Funeral & Cremation.