Theodore L. Freeman Jr. was born on January 19, 1980 to Theodore L. Freeman Sr. and Arenetter ‘Nita’. He was the first born to this union. Seven years later, he was so proud to become a big brother when Terrance L. was born. He loved his family dearly. Honestly, he loved everyone!
Theodore, known to his family and friends as Teddy Jr., was gifted. It was evident early on that Teddy Jr. had a unique gift of love. This love was infectious and he could light up any room he stepped foot in. He was fun-loving, energetic, and shared this love with everyone that he met.
And his smile...it could warm your soul, melt your heart, and fill you with hope all at the same time.
Let’s not forget his giggle, it could evoke a thousand emotions. Like something fun was getting ready to happen, or like you and Teddy had an inside joke, which you probably did. It could transport you to a more innocent time where nothing else mattered but that moment.
At the early age of five years old, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior and was baptized by his grandfather, Reverend Hill.
Teddy was very independent from a young age and formed his tribe early on - ‘His Boys’, aka his ‘Ride or Die’s.’ These friendships he started in childhood were there to the end. Many of these ‘Ride or Die’s’ included his kin. And although nothing could take the place of his brothers, his cousins were close like siblings.
Teddy attended Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary and was in the class of the dreamers. Then he went on to attend Humboldt Middle School and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1998. Then he set sail to fulfill his dream at the University of Virginia. There were few growth opportunities and he returned to the west coast to attend Portland State.
He spent his adult life in college admissions and relationship banking. He thrived in these positions because Teddy approached others as if he’d never met a stranger.
His presence was just magnetic. With no effort, he was always the life of the party! You were just drawn to Teddy. If he was in the lobby of Wells Fargo or out with friends, colleagues or family, all were just happy and grateful to be in his presence. He always made you feel seen, special and appreciated.
His gifts and talents were unique and extensive. He was an artist and had a passion for anything art related. He could doodle any character. He was athletic and a dreamer. Teddy relished hanging out with friends and loved having fun. His moves on the dance floor were epic.
On December 24, 2003, Teddy’s love blossomed even more when he welcomed his gorgeous daughter, Landrea. He loved her dearly and longed to be with her more. She was, and always will be, the love of his life.
Teddy lived his life the best that he could. He was full of hopes, dreams, and aspirations. He was so charismatic and straightforward; but something happened to Teddy that we will never know, nor understand. He was a beautiful spirit that was lost unto the world of man.
Teddy is preceded in death by his grandfather, Reverend Hill; grandmother, Annie R. Hammond Taylor; Donnie W. Long; and uncles, David Hill and Reggie Watkins.
He is survived by his grandmother, Mother Hill; daughter, Landrea Freeman; parents, Theodore Freeman Sr. & Arenetter “Nita” Freeman; brothers, Terrance L. Freeman & James ‘Buck’ Scott; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and innumerable friends.
Teddy will be deeply missed by more than many.