Edwin Eugene “Gene” Freeman, 84, of Mountain Grove, Virginia passed away Saturday, May 4, 2024, at his residence.

He was born December 25, 1939, in Skygusty, West Virginia, the son of the late Ernest Courtland Freeman and Maggie Blanche Harman Freeman. Gene was married to Nancy Ruth Freeman, his wife of 66 years whom he married on May 21, 1958.

He retired from Nabisco Food Company as a sales representative. Gene was the top salesman for many years.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Gene was a member of the Moose Lodge, Izaak Walton League, Elks Lodge, Southern Maryland Hunt Club, Life Line Ministries, and frequently attended Mountain Grove United Methodist Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and past member of the Bolar Draft Hunt Club. Gene loved to golf and was a member of the Marlinton Country Club. He enjoyed playing horseshoes, bowling, and loved his mountains. Gene was a handyman and could fix anything.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Nancy Ruth Freeman of Mountain Grove; daughters, Sandra “Sandy” Stankovich of Leonardtown, Maryland, Patricia  “Patty” Hayes and husband Jimmy of Oldtown, Florida; sister, Kitty Moxley of Martinsburg, West Virginia; grandchildren, Jeffrey Stankovich and wife Courtney of Bel Alton, Maryland, Nancy Stankovich of Chesapeake, Virginia, Christina Biggs and husband John of Chiefland, Florida, Christopher Lanagan and wife Marie of Bell, Florida, 6 great grandchildren; a very special friend and golfing buddy, John Turner of Marlinton, West Virginia; and a special nephew that has always been a part of Gene’s life, Bobby Day and wife Josie of Skygusty, West Virginia.

Gene was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

A funeral service will be conducted at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at Life Line Ministries with Pastor Zach Royer, officiating. Interment will be in The Shady Grove Cemetery in Skygusty, West Virginia on May 8, 2024, at 1:00 p.m.

The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to services from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Shady Grove Cemetery Fund c/o Mark Harmon, Skygusty, West Virginia 34883 or Connections Plus Hospice, 328 B Jefferson Ave., Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422.



  1. I am sending love and prayers to Nancy and family. Many fond memories from the Nabisco days and beyond.
    Thinking of you
    With Sympathy!

  2. Good ol’ Gene. He gave me lots of advice on life. I thought of him as a father figure. Dearly loved and respected this guy. I will never forget the day I, along with all the Freeman clan, rode motorbikes to a fire tower station on top of the mountain. There was a welcoming book located at the station that you could sign and Gene wrote” Here I stand with 27 Freemans and one RC” I’ve never forgotten that day way up in the hills of Poor Valley WV, many years ago. Rest in peace my friend.

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May the peace of God bring you comfort

  4. Nancy and family

    So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. We had the honor to have known him and your family for many years starting with the Nabisco years and many years after. Fishing, boating, Florida, socializing and hunting with Al. I treasure all the memories. I just feel he and Al will continue to watch over us until we meet again.

    Thinking of you
    With Sympathy and love
    Cynde Redfield


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