Monday, December 24th, 1934 - Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
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Harriette Catherine Freeman, Cathy, to many friends, or Cat to family went to be with her Savior on January 20, 2021 in Fairfield, TX.

She was born December 24, 1934 in St. Albans, WV to Clifford R. Henson and Harriette Good Henson, as one of eight children, including Margaret (Peggy) Sweet of St. Albans, WV, William (Bud) C. Henson (Diane) of Alexandria, VA; Dr. Samuel L. Henson (Joan) of Hurricane, WV; Jacqueline Barker (Alben) of Portsmouth, OH, James (Steve) Henson (Sally) of Belpre, OH; Larry S. Henson (Trina) of Hurricane, WV; and Jerry W. Henson of St. Albans, WV.

Cathy is preceded in death by her father, Clifford Henson and mother, Harriette Henson, sister, Margaret (Peggy) Sweet, and brothers, William (Bud) Henson (Diane), Dr. Samuel Henson, James (Steve) Henson (Sally) and Larry Henson (Trina).

Cathy is survived by ex-husband, Franklin D. Freeman of Woodbridge, VA; son, Franklin C. Freeman and wife, Amy L. Freeman; grandchildren, Abigail J. Freeman and Isaac (Zack) Franklin Freeman of Fairfield, TX; sister, Jacqueline (Alben) Barker, brother, Jerry Henson, and Joan Henson, wife of Dr. Samuel Henson. In addition, she has many nephews and nieces and their families.

Growing up in St. Albans, Cathy graduated from St. Albans High School in 1952 and attended West Virginia State College for almost 2 years. She worked for Ray C. Call, a heavy equipment dealer, as a secretary and then for Thomas Memorial Hospital as a secretary, which is funny since she did not like to see pain. After marrying Frank Freeman (educator) in 1961, they made their home in northern Virginia after Frank completed his military service in the marines. She developed and cultivated her skilled craft with words, typing, shorthand, computers, and secretarial work. She worked for Rice Millers in Washington, DC as a legal secretary till changing to NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers) which was across the hall, where she excelled in her 30 plus years of service. She was so well thought of by management, that she was able to come home and stay with her son after school and during summers. In addition, she was cited as transcriber in a book written about the company. She retired after 30 ½ years with NSPE, but still worked part time at Springfield Mall at the information desk. In addition, she enjoyed serving in her local congregation (Reality Gospel Church) by participating in the choir, helping in the office and greeting guests. She looked forward to visits with Frank and Amy and the grandchildren, Abby and Zack, each year. She loved crossword puzzles and reading – her goal was to read the Bible through annually. Her enjoyment in cooking shown through as she prepared delicious meals and scrumptious desserts for family, friends, church and neighbors. Preparing meals brought her much joy.

Cathy is dearly loved and deeply missed by her family and friends. She spent much of her with friends and looking out for others. She loved people. Cathy is remembered for her Christ-like loving, self-less and giving heart to all who knew her. She is a woman who chose not to be the center of attention, but to prefer others before herself.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 29, 2021 at Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans with son, Rev. Frank Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans
The family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.

You may visit Cathy’s tribute page at to share memories or condolences with the family.

Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, family owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans is honored to serve the Freeman family.
Local arrangements were by Capps Memorial Chapel of Fairfield, Texas
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 29th, 2021 | 10:30am - 11:00am
    Friday, January 29th, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am
    Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home - 409 6th Ave. St. Albans, WV 25177
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  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 29th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, January 29th, 2021 11:00am
    Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home - 409 6th Ave. St. Albans, WV 25177
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