Neal grad Bobby Freeman killed in wreck

Published 8:19 am Wednesday, March 18, 2009

By By Chandler Myers
for the standard

The life of a young Brewton man, best described as a “selfless person,” was cut short last weekend in a motorcycle crash outside Bay Minette.
Family and friends are still trying to cope with the death of 19-year-old Bobby Marshall Freeman, who was discovered dead Sunday afternoon near mile marker 28 on U.S. 31. His sport bike had apparently collided with a concrete utility pole.
Freeman had last been seen around 11 p.m. Fridday, and a missing person’s report was filed Saturday with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office after family could not make contact with him.
Freeman graduated in 2007 from W.S. Neal High School, where he was a star in the classroom and on the football field.
Freeman’s mother, Lee, said her son was a good boy who loved his friends and football. He always had a passion for the gridiron even after his football days ended, she said.
Gwynne Shell, guidance counselor at Neal High School, said Freeman’s death was a shock to everyone at the school. He was an exceptional young man, she said.
Those who knew Freeman said he was a good person and was never in any kind of trouble.
The accident remains under investigation by the Alabama State Troopers Office. Speed is believed to have been a factor, officials said.
Services for Freeman are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Zion Hill Baptist Church, with visitation from noon until service time. In addition to his mother and twin brother, Freeman is survived by another brother, Cory Freeman of Brewton, and a half-brother, Dustin Easter of Virginia.