|Birth: ||Jul. 23, 1924|
|Death: ||Jan. 28, 2011|
I am writing this just a few days after we lost Grandmother. She was a sweet lady, who could be stubborn at times! She refused to let us grandkids call her anything other than Grandmother. She felt Grandma, Granny, etc. made her sound old! It was a good way to get a rise out of her!
She was born the youngest child of John Edgar and Nora Bell Golden Lewis. She idolized her mother and took care of her in her declining years.
After she graduated high school, she and her best friend, Minnie Mae Brown, took a bus to California and canned cherries during the war. She would tell us about walking through the cherry orchards on the way to work, eating cherries as she went.
When she came back to Jena, she met her future husband Homer and they later eloped. Grandad was extremely shy in front of crowds (hard to believe now!) and only wanted the preacher and two witnesses. Unfortunately, the Preacher announced the wedding in church! Both sets of parents were highly upset when they found out after the fact! They remained devoted to each other until they were parted by death. When Grandad had to go to the nursing home, she would be there by his side every waking moment, even when he no longer knew anyone was there. His "Freddie Fern" was by his side when he went home to God.
Freddie also loved her Son and Grandchildren fiercely. Everyone that knew her thought the world of her and are deeply affected by her passing. One of my vivid memories of her was how she would do her chores singing "In the Garden" and "How Great Thou Art". They were both played at her funeral, along with "I Want to Stroll Over Heaven With You", all off of Alan Jackson's "Precious Memories" album. I am thankful that God didn't allow her to suffer any longer. She was ready to go Home.
Jena Times February 2, 2011
Freda Lea "Freddie" Lewis Peppers, 86, of Jena, passed from this life to her eternal rest on Friday, January 28, 2011, in Bastrop after a lengthy illness.
Freddie was born July 23, 1924 in Jena [since writing this obituary, we have learned she was actually born in Alexandria, LA], the youngest child of John Edgar and Nora Bell Golden Lewis. When she was a baby, her family moved to Bokhoma, Oklahoma, and she was educated in the schools there until the age of 12 when her family moved to Jena.
It was at that age that she accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Jena. Her membership was later moved to East Jena Baptist Church where she remained a member until her death.
Graduating from Jena High School with the class of 1943, she met and later married her sweetheart, Homer [Lee] Peppers on November 12, 1944. The Peppers were blessed with one son, Sam Terry Peppers. Freddie greatly enjoyed fishing, gardening, card games and visiting with friends.
Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 31, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Craig James officiating.
Graveside services followed in the Jena Cemetery of Jena with burial under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Earl Edgar Lewis and Alton Edwin Lewis; and two sisters, Daisy Bell Wauhop and Hazel Bernice Bean.
Survivors include her son, Sam Terry Peppers and wife Pat of Bastrop; granddaughters, Lora Diane Peppers of Monroe, and Sandra "Sandy" Gayle Roberts and husband Travis of Calhoun; one great granddaughter, one great grandson, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved friends.
Pallbearers were Slim Stapleton, Buster Sharp, Cleveland Poole, Glen "Slick" Joiner, Marty Cooper and Wayne Davis.
Honorary pallbearers were Burl Clark and Terry King.
John Edgar Lewis (1881 - 1957)
Nora Bell Golden Lewis (1889 - 1974)
Homer Lee Peppers (1921 - 2001)
Earl Edgar Lewis (1906 - 1970)*
Alton Edwin Lewis (1909 - 1986)*
Daisy Belle Lewis Wauhop (1910 - 2006)*
Hazel Bernice Lewis Bean (1919 - 2002)*
Freda Lea Lewis Peppers (1924 - 2011)
My love goes with you and my soul awaits to join you.
Note: A special thank you to Patricia Adams Guillory, who originally created Grandmother's listing. When she turned it over to me, Grandmother was still alive and I deleted it (she would have had a fit if she saw or knew about it!) Thanks Patricia.
La Salle Parish
Created by: Lora Peppers
Record added: Jan 28, 2011
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