Lt. Col. (Ret.) Larry Mack Freeman

Born in Blooming Grove, Texas on December 5, 1936

Departed on July 24, 2020 and resided in Franklin, Tennessee

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Lt. Col. (Ret.) Larry Mack Freeman – Age 83, of Franklin, passed away July 24, 2020.
Larry spent his youth being active in sports playing Football, Basketball and Baseball. During his high school years he was ‘the’ Quarterback and an outstanding basketball player.. He went onto Midwestern University located in Wichita Falls Texas on a football scholarship where he also enrolled in the Army ROTC program. After graduating in 1959 he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army as an Artillery officer. He began his Army Career attending the Basic Officers course and upon completion of that course he was assigned to a unit in Germany. His first assignment was implementing a brand new mid range missile system. During that time, he was promoted to Captain, met his wife, Monika, attended the Officer Career Course at Fort Sill Oklahoma and made the decision to make the army his career. His military career included tours in Vietnam, Korea, Germany and NATO Headquarters in Brussels Belgium. He earned many awards and accolades one of which was the Army Air Medal for actively participating in over 25 aerial missions over hostile territory in support of counter insurgency operations in Vietnam. This medal is seldom awarded to a foot soldier. He also received the Bronze Star in Vietnam for distinguishing himself by outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operations against a hostile force. Upon completing a tour as Commanding Officer of the Army ROTC Department at Vanderbilt University in 1982, he decided to retire from the Military as a Lieutenant Colonel and accepted a position as the Associate Director of Financial Aid at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tn. After spending 25 years at Vanderbilt University, he retired in 2006. He spent his retirement doing the things he loved: bird watching, gardening, cooking and spending time with his family and friends. To know Larry Mack was to love him. You always knew that the door was open at 5pm for Happy Hour.
Preceded in death by his parents Wilhome Wilson Freeman and Rice M. Freeman. Survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Monika Freeman; children Larri Richmond (Larry Wallace), Tracy del Rosario, Barbara Thomason (Jeff), Mark Freeman (Stacia) and Stefanie Rushing (Todd); 17 grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at

A Life Celebration will be held 2:00 pm, August 1st. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service at The Pavilion at Harpeth Hills, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN, 37221, 615-646-9292,

16 Comments to Lt. Col. (Ret.) Larry Mack Freeman

  1. T. R. Mills
    July 27, 2020 9:08 pm

    🙏🏼 Prayers going up for the Freeman family! Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Stef, Todd and the girls! 💔

  2. David and Cindy
    July 27, 2020 10:33 pm

    Our prayers are with all of you. We are so honored to have known and loved Mr. Larry. Please let us know if you need ANYTHING. Much love! ❤️

  3. Odessa L Settles
    July 28, 2020 12:58 am

    Stef & Todd, I am deeply saddened by the tremendous loss you and your family have encountered. Some of my brightest moments have been the encounters with your parents. My heartfelt condolences, sympathies, and love go out to each of you.

  4. Debbie Vandegrift
    July 29, 2020 9:15 am

    Jim and I are sorry to hear of your dads passing. We always enjoyed talking to him and your mom at your gatherings. Let us know if you need anything.

  5. Grace Wheeler Rogers
    July 29, 2020 10:30 am

    Monika and family, You won’t know me, but I was a high school classmate of Mack’s. We were both in the Class of ’55 at Levelland High School in Texas. Mack was a friend, admired by everyone in our school for his academic and athletic abilities. We Levelland exes have been emailing about Mack since we learned the sad news of his death, and his fellow Lobos have nothing but praise and happy memories of Mack from those days so long ago. He is a bit of a legend among us, in fact. So I send you my condolences on the death of a man who is much remembered and beloved by his high school classmates. His was a life well lived, and we thank Mack for his years of military service to our country and to Vanderbilt University.

    With fond memories, Grace Wheeler Rogers

  6. Karen Hauser
    July 29, 2020 2:35 pm

    Dear family,
    The Vanderbilt University Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships was very saddened by the news and so sorry for your loss. Meeting Larry was the start of a Vanderbilt career for many of us, and for that we are grateful. He was a wonderful man and dedicated to the students. Warm regards,

  7. Joanie Walker
    July 30, 2020 11:07 pm

    Both my late husband Clyde Walker and I worked with Larry in the Office of Student Financial Aid at Vanderbilt. We had great respect for him professionally and also as a friend. You will be missed, Larry Freeman. Rest with God.

  8. Anita Holmes
    July 31, 2020 9:03 am

    Monika and Freeman family I worked in the Office of Student Financial Aid with Larry. He was the first to interview me in my career in Financial Aid. His character, love and integrity in the office was unmatched. I loved to hear his laughter and his strength shown each day.

    He will truly be missed. Sending my prayers, love and sympathy to the Freeman Family.

  9. Carlene Waller
    July 31, 2020 2:58 pm

    A slow, respectful salute to you sir. Thank you for your unwavering service to our country. Thank you also to your dear family who sacrificed much as well. Being a military family is not easy. May God walk with you all now, as He always has, but may you FEEL the blessings being poured over you and the prayers being said for you.

  10. Shannon Ligon
    July 31, 2020 7:14 pm


    Your father was a remarkable man. His life was an adventure and he was loved. I wish I had gotten to meet him. I feel like I know him. I know how protective he was of his family and the his backyard friends. Keep filling the bird feeders. He would want it that way. Big hug.

  11. Masoud Hoghooghi
    August 1, 2020 1:27 am

    Dear Monika and Freeman family. I am so sad with the loss of such wonderful amazing human being , Larry. Alway I had the best conversation with Larry when he was coming to the airport to pick up Monica coming back from Boston. Always I made his favorite drink Jack Daniels and water. He did not rest until I graduated from university and asked Monika to help me with my first career in engineering field. I am so thankful to Larry and Monika for my career as I am working for Microsoft. Larry was always like a mentor and role model for me. Rest In Peace my dear friend and will join you sooner or later. Love you Larry and Monika and Freeman family. Masoud

  12. Tommy Anderson
    August 1, 2020 12:05 pm

    So many memories of his genuine love and hospitality. I I take those memories with me and hope to share the same love and hospitality with my friends and family and friends of my children.

  13. Samuel Blum
    August 1, 2020 12:48 pm

    To all,

    I remember when I was a teenager I would visit Uncle Larry and Aunt Monika in Tennessee and I would say “Yes sir” and “Yes Ma’am”. It seemed different when that was not the way I addressed most people but I could adapt for short periods of time. The interesting thing is it must have had an impact on me because so many people tell me now that I am very polite and that I must have been raised right. I will miss you Uncle Larry.

  14. Jan Grow
    August 1, 2020 4:49 pm

    To Monika and Family,

    I had worked with Larry from 1982 until his retirement in 2006 in the Office of Student Financial Aid at Vanderbilt University. Larry was always not just the Associate Director, but a caring, considerate and friendly ‘boss’ to me. I also remember the times over the years Larry and Monika included our office in several Christmas parties and summer cook-outs at their lovely home. Monika…. I will always remember how welcoming, entertaining and gracious you both were to me. It made me very sad to hear about Larry’s death and please know I wanted to come to Harpeth Hills to see you and pay my respects to a wonderful man who always spoke so lovingly about you and all his family. But, with this awful viral pandemic, along with my age and some difficulty getting around from recent falls, I decided it’s best I stay home. May God’s blessings of love, comfort and peace be with you all…..

  15. Jack H. (Nick) McCall
    November 27, 2020 8:49 am

    Dear Monika and family:

    I remember well you, Barbara and Mark, and I can never forget LTC Freeman. As the man who encouraged me during my senior year at BGA to apply for Army ROTC–then, to encourage me to apply my ROTC scholarship to study at Vanderbilt–and lastly, as the Professor of Military Science for so much of my time in Vandy’s Army ROTC, I owe him an enormous debt. While I lost touch with him, and you all, some years ago, I have thought of him often and fondly over the years. He was such a positive influence on me during my college years, and I know that others of my Army ROTC classmates felt the same about this kind, avuncular and warm man. I am saddened to read of his passing, but so grateful that I served with him and knew him and each of you. My prayers for solace to you all, and to Larry’s good soul.

  16. William Busby Hickman
    November 27, 2020 12:54 pm

    Dear Monika and Family,

    As Nick writes above, LTC Freeman was our PMS at Vanderbilt ROTC our Freshman year. An outstanding leader who served his nation in war and peace. He left a legacy of young leaders that served the American people for decades in our Army and subsequent service in local communities. His commitment, dedication, and professionalism was unmatched. A true selfless servant always caring for his team and accomplishing the mission

    Our thoughts and prayers for LTC Freeman’s family.

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