Thelma Ann Freeman, age 64, went home to Jesus on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020.

Thelma was born in 1956 to the late Elbert and Halie Jones in Tellico Plains. She enjoyed the simplicity of living a life with those she loved. She loved to love on people and warm hugs were her specialty.

She loved both of her children with all her heart and told each of them just how much she loved them with a phone call each and every morning.

Thelma was “Nana” to two little people that became her pride as soon as they were born, and brought joy each day after. One of her most favorite activities was tossing stones with her babies into the branch that runs through the family farm.

Thelma worked hard to maintain the beauty of the fields, gardens and muscadine vines that her late husband left behind when God called him home three years earlier. She missed him fiercely for the past three years, but she is now reunited with him to stroll all over Heaven for eternity.

She was preceded in death by: her husband of 47 years, Arlis O. Freeman; and her parents, Elbert and Nancy Shell Jones.

Survivors include: her two children who adored her, her daughter, Talitha Freeman, and her son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Christen Freeman;

Two beautiful grandchildren, Anderson and Ivy Kate Freeman;

Sisters and brothers-in-law, Lara Mae and Melvin Wilcox, and Christine and Mark Thomas;

Brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert (Pap) and Anita Jones, Raymond (Shorty) and Mangus Jones, Norman (Bud) and Darlene Jones, Irie Jones, Elmer and Rhonda (Peanut) Jones, Lonnie and Brenda Jones, and Roger and Selena Jones;

Many special nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and church family.

Until we meet again mom (nana), we will let the love, dedication and kindness you gave us while here to carry us through.

The family received friends on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Tellico Plains. The funeral followed at 3 p.m. in the Biereley-Hale Chapel with Jeff Pike and Rev. Lewis Jones officiating. Interment was in Towee Falls Cemetery.

If you were unable to attend, you are encouraged to visit the website at and sign the guestbook or leave private condolences for the family to read.

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