Fannie (Peacock) Freeman

Freeman, Fannie (Peacock)

Fannie (Peacock) Freeman was born in Monticello, Georgia in 1922, the daughter of Elizabeth and George Peacock, Sr. She had four sisters (1 deceased) and five brothers (2 deceased). Her parents moved to Urbana, Illinois when she was two months old. She attended the J.W. Hayes Elementary School, Thornburn Junior High School, and graduated from the Urbana Senior High School in 1940. After graduation, she attended and graduated from the Champaign Beauty School. Following graduation, she set up shop in her parent's home, becoming the owner of Freeman Beauty Salon.

In 1947, she married Wilkin Freeman, a former U. S. Airman. Together, they raised one daughter, Alice.

She was a lifetime member of the Salem Baptist Church and was a member of the Usher Board for more than 50 years. She was also a member of the Twin City Cosmetologist Association and has served as both President and Secretary as well as being supportive of other services.

After 50 years of owning her own salon, she retired. She has also served as an Election Judge for more than 20 years and has received an award for her services. Her hobbies were bowling and flower-gardening, and she was a fan of Illini women’s and men’s basketball.

Mrs. Freeman passed away on April 27, 2015, 14 years after her husband.