Margaret Vinson Freeman, lovingly known as “Molly” or “Aunt Molly,”
was a servant child born on June 22, 1933, to the late Reverend Timothy
Vinson, Sr., and Sallie Litte Vinson in Leighton, Alabama. On August 23,
2023, she departed this life and went to be with the Lord.
Margaret grew up in a Christian home filled with spiritual values instilled in
her by her parents and older siblings. She accepted Christ at an early age and
was baptized in a creek by the late Reverend William Ford. It was a glorious
morning where the saints stood on the bank praising God. She joined Mt.
Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church where her forebearers, her grandfather
Reverend Silas Vinson and her father Reverend Timothy Vinson, Sr., served as
founding members and leaders in various capacities throughout the history of
the church. She served in various positions at the church including as a Sunday
School Teacher, Baptist Training Union Teacher, VBS Teacher, Assistant
Church Clerk, Matron, and a member of the Mothers of Zion.
Margaret was a graduate of Leighton Training School (LTS) in 1951. She
received her undergraduate education at Alabama A&M in Normal, Alabama.
She later received a Master’s of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from
Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington, Indiana. She taught school at
Cherokee High School and Webster Junior School. She retired from the
Lauderdale school system as a teacher at Lexington High School after 38 years
of service. She was a master teacher who was very devoted to her students, and
she loved teaching. Friends for life were made teachers, students, parents,
and other members of the community during her teaching career.
She was united in holy matrimony to the late Walter M. Freeman on June 15,
1972, for 50 years. Walter went to be with the Lord on January 15, 2023.
Margaret’s greatest sense of fulfillment was working outdoors in God’s soil
bringing forward flowers that warmed the hearts of family, friends, and even
strangers. Margaret’s “Garden of Eden” was displayed in the Times Daily in
2003, “The Lady with the Green Thumb.” She and Walter received numerous
plaques and awards for their beautiful Christmas Yard Display. They would
begin in October decorating outside. It was a joy that she and Walter shared
for many years. She was active in the community as a member of the AEA,
NEA, and Lauderdale County Retired Teachers Association. She was also a
member of Terry Chapter No. 599 Order of Eastern Star where she served as
secretary for 35 years.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four
brothers, Nathaniel, Thomas, John, and Ausber Vinson; three sisters, Matilda
Vinson King, Gertha Whiteside, and Annie Torain; two stepsons, Walter
Freeman, Jr., and David Freeman; one step grandson, Curtis Freeman; and
sister-in-law, Dora Jean Vinson.
She leaves to cherish her memory: one brother, Timothy Vinson,
Jr., of Sheffield, Alabama; one sister, Cleopatra V. Brooks (Berkeley) of
Hillsboro, Alabama; one step-granddaughter, Carla (Jacob), Goerhich;
step-grandchildren, Kenji (Dominique) and Miya Freeman of Elgin, South
Carolina; loving and devoted niece, Rochelle Vinson; and a host of nieces,
nephews, other family, and friends.