Myrtle Brewer Freeman

Myrtle Brewer Freeman, 85, of Star died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on March 12, 2018.

The family will receive friends 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 20 at Phillips Funeral Home in Star. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 21 at Star United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kay Boone officiating. Interment will follow in Leach Cemetery.

She was born on July 2, 1932 in Star, North Carolina to Claude Edward and Madie Laura Covington Brewer.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents; her twin sister, Marie Brewer Rhoades; sister, Ethel Madie Brewer Sams; and brother, James Edward Brewer. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Richard Javalanta Freeman; daughter, Dorothy F. Shutt and son-in-law, Gene Shutt; Son, Richard Joseph "Joe" Freeman and daughter-in-law, Linda D. Jones; grandsons, Richard Benjamin "Ben" Shutt (Holly Bennett) and Forrest Lincoln Shutt (Jessica Young); great-grandsons, Tanner Macon Shutt and Carson Baylor Shutt; brother, Joseph "Joe" Arthur Brewer; Sisters-in-law, Mary Frances Hall, Ethel Robbins, Layrelnia Brewer, and Hester Brewer Additionally, she is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and countless friends she included as her family.

Myrtle's caring and generous spirit was manifested in her many talents. She was an accomplished quilter, canner, baker, seamstress, gardener, and wedding cake decorator. Myrtle was a 4-H Volunteer for 52 years, touching young lives with loving life lessons as well as 4-H professionals and volunteers. Myrtle was a generous supporter of Millstone 4-H Camp and spent hours beautifying the grounds for many years with flowerbeds. She loved feeding her birds, spending time in the greenhouse and gardens, cooking for family and friends, and sharing her talents with others.

For thirty years she made beautiful wreaths and tied thousands of exquisite bows for her son's Christmas tree farm, Mistletoe Meadows. Countless friends, neighbors, and customers will remember her warm smile and her endless Christmas spirit there and she will be greatly missed. Most importantly, she was a devoted daughter to her parents, mother to her children, and wife to her surviving husband, Richard J. Freeman, as well as a proud grandmother and great-grandmother.

Myrtle requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the NC Agricultural Foundation, Attn: Richard and Myrtle Freeman 4-H Camp Endowment for Randolph and Guilford Counties, NC State University, Campus Box 7645, Raleigh, NC 27695.