Rebecca ‘Becky’ Young Freeman


Rebecca “Becky” Young Freeman, 72, of Chattanooga, awakened in Heaven on Sunday, July 31, 2022.

Becky was born on Aug. 14, 1950, in Chattanooga, to James and Sue Brogdon. She was the little sister of Elaine Jewett and the big sister of Mark Brogdon and Paula Shaw, of Jackson, Mississippi. Paula is the only surviving member of the Brogdon clan and was very special to her big sister. They had a relationship most sisters would envy, and Paula will very much miss her sister. Becky also adored Paula’s husband, Jim Shaw (who preceded her in death), who she often called her hero.

She was a loving and devoted mother to three daughters, Beth Freeman (Frank) of Cleveland, Jamie Chapman (Jason) of Phoenix, Arizona, and Amy Mann (John) of Cleveland.

She was the kind of mother who would go without to make sure her girls not only had the things they needed in life but also as many desires of their hearts as she could provide. She sacrificed so much for her family, and they want to make sure everyone reading this knows it!

Her favorite title though was Nana, and any of her grandchildren would tell you that she was one of a kind. She was Nana to Zachary Freeman of Cleveland, Joseph Freeman (preceded her in death), Rebekah Freeman of Cleveland, Gloria and Logan Bell of Ft. Drum, New York, and Sarah Freeman of Cleveland.

She was the wife of her second husband, George Freeman of Cleveland. Her first husband, Raymond Young, preceded her in death.

While she was devoted to her family, Becky was also devoted to her relationship with Jesus. A note she wrote and found after her death, puts it best in her own words, “I love you, Jesus. Thank you for taking care of my family. I could not make it through this without you. You make me smile. You make my life worthwhile. Your Spirit dwells within me to protect, indwell and fill me. Knowing you is all that matters.”

Becky loved Southern gospel music, especially the Gaither Vocal Band. When she was sick, she found comfort in listening to music, often joining in with her beautiful singing voice. She once wrote about the happiest time of her life and said it was when she was in full-time ministry with her first husband, Raymond, in West Frankfort, Illinois. Becky said getting to minister and be a mom full time made those the happiest years of her life.

Becky worked as a legal executive assistant for much of her professional life and ended her career as a clerk and accountant at the Bradley County Courthouse.

Becky was known for her ability to love unconditionally and without limit. If she loved you, you knew you were loved for the rest of her life. Her absence from the Earth makes it a little less bright for not only her family but for anyone who knew her.

She will be remembered with a funeral at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Faith Memorial Church in Cleveland.

Visitation with the family will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday ahead of the final farewell.



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