Rev. Lloyd Free

Rev. Lloyd E. Free

Friday, March 25th, 1927 - Sunday, February 9th, 2020
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On Sunday, February 9, 2020, Rev. Lloyd Edward Free, loving husband and the father of four children, passed away at the age of 92.

Lloyd was born on March 25, 1927 near the rural communities of Pea Ridge and Mud Creek, south of Cornelia, Georgia to Martin and Vadie Woodall Free. He joined the army in WWII at age sixteen, and began basic training at age seventeen, eventually serving at a logistics unit located near West Point in New York. All of his brothers served in WWII. When his father became gravely ill, Lloyd returned home to run the family farm. He later received his undergraduate degree from Piedmont College in 1950, and numerous graduate degrees from the University of Georgia in Athens. He was an educator in Northeast Georgia for 42 years. In his later career he worked with the State Board of Education for 11 years and taught developmental studies at Lanier Tech. He was a bivocational Baptist minister. He served as pastor of several local churches including: his home church Pleasant Hill, Broad River, Lula Baptist Church, Dewberry One, Belton Baptist, Enon, White Creek Baptist, Crossroads Baptist Church and Double Springs. On July 1, 1950, he married Clarice Cantrell, daughter of Jesse and Mae Cantrell. He and Clarice had three daughters, Mary Helen, JoAnne, and Carolyn, and one son David who passed away at age four after an extended illness.

Lloyd had a life-long love for learning, for Bible study, vegetable gardening, his friends, neighbors, and family. In addition to being known in schools and churches in the area, he was known for his quiet, compassionate, and generous spirit.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his beloved father, mother, and all his brothers and sisters, Earl, Everett, Dewey Lee, Hazel Free Crain, Nezzie Free Strange and Eunice Free Hulsey, and his sisters-in-law, Bernice Cantrell, Shirley Cantrell Free, Bonnie Harper Free, Evelyn Hulsey Free, and brothers-in-law, V.D. Crain, Clay Strange, Owen Cantrell and Telford Hulsey. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Clarice, his three daughters, and sons-in-law, Dale Marsh, John Carter, and Phillip Bowen; granddaughter, Rebecca Mae Bowen; several nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Betty Allison Cantrell Skinner; brother-in-law, Elwood Free.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 am, Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Welborn, Rev. Guy Lee and Rev. Martha Jane Lomax officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 pm on Wednesday at the funeral home and he will lie in state beginning at 10:30 am on Thursday at the church.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Building Fund or to the Georgia Baptist Childrens Home, 505 Water Works Rd., Palmetto, GA 30268.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
    175 Vfw Post Road
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 11:00am
    Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
    8503 Pea Ridge Road
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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    Rev. Guy Lee
    Rev. Jim Welborn
    Rev. Martha Jane Lomax
  • Interment

    Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery
    8503 Pea Ridge Road
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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Private Condolence

Ray & Jodi suggs

Posted at 09:55am
Words cannot express the sadness our hearts feel with the passing of Mr. Lloyd, a wonderful man and friend. We were always greeted by him with a smile and kind words. We had the pleasure of Mr. Lloyd performing our marriage fifty years ago; which he said he tied a strong knot; and yes he did. Cherished memories we have of him and his wife, Clarice. Our prayers are with his family.
Love, Ray & Jodi Suggs

Deb Campbell

Posted at 04:18pm
I will always remember Preacher Free coming to visit my dad when he became so disabled. Dad could not see or hear by then, but he seemed to always understand Preacher Free when he talked and he calmed him a great deal. I am very thankful for that memory.
He was a most kind and loving man and a great soldier of God!!!
Deborah Payne Campbell

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