Freeman, who was born in 1896, was raised on Beck’s
Creek. He worked in the commissary at Bon, from where he left for the army
in World War I. When he returned from the army, he married Hester Lovitt.
Ernest and Hester had two boys: Charles Edwin, an optometrist in Williamsburg
and Billy Floyd, a professor in the Cumberland College English department.
as a clerk in the commissary at Bon under Mr. George Tye. When Mr. Tye
Ernest became the store manager until about 1925. Then
he took a job as a traveling salesman and moved to Middlesboro.
lived there only a short time and returned to Williamsburg where he worked
at the Bank of Williamsburg and at Mart West clothing store located at
the corner of Main and Fourth Streets.
Hester lived on North 10th
Street in Williamsburg for many years. He later bought the John Taylor
farm on Beck’s Creek Road adjoining the Click farm. Ernest died
in 1949; Hester died in 1983.
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