Rev. G. Howard Freeman, Jr., retired clergy, doctor


Gaston Howard Freeman, Jr., M.D., 81, physician, minister and Navy chaplain, died at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Jackson on March 4, 2009.

Services were held March 6 at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home on Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland. A military burial followed services at Magnolia Cemetery in Meridian.

Dr. Freeman, a native of Meridian, was the son of Gaston Howard Freeman, Sr., Jewel Wall Dandridge, and Robert C. Dandridge. He attended Meridian Public Schools and Hickory High School. At 16, he joined the United States Navy and served in Guam during World War II. He remained in the Naval Reserve as a pilot, chaplain and physician until he retired in 1987.

Dr. Freeman held a B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Masters of Divinity from Emory University in Atlanta. He completed his pre-med requirements at Millsaps College and earned his M.D. at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School. He completed an internship at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. He conducted his residency in psychiatry at Emory University and the University of Mississippi, where he was chief resident. He also completed a residency in neurology at the University of Mississippi.

His medical career included private practice in Meridian, Jackson and Madison, as well as Riverside Hospital, later Charter Hospital, in Jackson where he was medical director. He had a special interest in obsessive compulsive disorders and group therapy.

He was a former president of the Mississippi Psychiatric Association and a lecturer for pharmaceutical companies to primary care physicians and medical conferences. He was a member of various medical associations, including the American Psychiatric Association, the Mississippi Psychiatric Association, and the American Medical Association.

He also served as a pastor in the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Survivors include sons, Howard R. Freeman of Gulfport and Dr. Kevin B. Freeman of Jackson; daughters, Dr. Teena F. Horn of Houston, Patricia Hughes of Jackson and Kellye Makamson of Columbia, Mo.; former spouse, Marilyn Freeman Zachary; and 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials to the United States Naval Academy Foundation or the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center may be mailed to Dr. Teena Horn, P.O. Box 604, Houston, MS 38851.