Coy Freeman, MD, 74, died peacefully on Monday, March 6, 2017, in Knoxville, Tennessee.
He was born on September 29, 1942, to parents, Coy Freeman and Verna Monroe Freeman, in McAlester.
Appropriately, his high school yearbook caption read: "LATE TO CLASS AND UNCONCERNED, HE CAME TO CLASS AND ALWAYS LEARNED." During his high school years, he was awarded the prestigious Alexander Hunley Math Award, was first snare drummer in the marching band, was valedictorian and student body president of his senior class, and was in the National Honor Society.
A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Dr. Freeman was top of his class in engineering before shifting gears to medicine, completing his medical degree at University of Oklahoma Medical School prior to being offered residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. His class was credited with the creation of a non-surgical serum vasectomy that has been exceedingly valuable in tropical areas of the world. He traveled from Panama to Columbia teaching the technique. He also traveled extensively over the years for work, as well as for pleasure, with his eldest grandson, Matthew Freeman.
While at Johns Hopkins, he was commissioned a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy and was credited with saving the lives of many national figures, including Wernher Von Braun at Walter Reed Naval Hospital Center where he did residencies in surgery and urology.
A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Dr. Freeman was a founding partner of Tennessee Urology Associates and practiced at St. Mary's Medical Center (Tenova) and the entire Covenant Health System for many decades.
A lover of poetry and classical music, Dr. Freeman was classically trained and studied piano with Fay Adams at the University of Tennessee for more than 20 years. Dr. Freeman was a proud and valued member and supporter of the Knoxville Symphony, the Knoxville Opera and the Clarence Brown. Although Dr. Freeman was a classically trained musician, he equally enjoyed playing his ukulele and recorder while singing campfire songs with his family on camping trips. He had a love of the Smokey Mountains where he liked to hike. He also enjoyed running, UT football, and other sports and was an avid supporter of the University of Tennessee Athletics Department.
The family would like to extend grateful thanks to longtime family friend, Steve Arnett, as well as Dr. Freeman's many caregivers, especially Carvin DuPont, Rachel, Candee and others who gave of themselves in the last year of his life.
He was preceded in death by his father, Coy Freeman; former wife, Catherine Baker Freeman, and son, Andrew Coy Freeman.
He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Kinnard Freeman; mother, Verna Monroe Freeman; son, Marion Freeman and fiancée, Leslie Ogle; sister, Mary Jo Long and Glen Long; sister, Margaret Maynard and Jerry Maynard, and brother, George Freeman and his wife, Cathy Freeman. He was a beloved grandfather to Matthew, Jonathan, Jackson, Carter, Courtney, Grace, and Sara, Jackson and Carter. Having a close family, he loved his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and Kathryn's family equally, as well as his second cousins twice removed, as he always liked to point out.
The memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, with receiving of friends following the celebration of life. It will be held at his church where he was a longtime member, Church Street United Methodist Church in downtown Knoxville.
The family requests any honorarium be given in Coy's name to the Church Street U.M.C. Renovation Fund and The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com
Published on March 10, 2017