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Shelby Monroe Freeman

November 20, 1919 ~ January 11, 2021 (age 101)

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Shelby Monroe Freeman, age 101, of Colerain, NC in Bertie County passed away peacefully at his home in Morehead City, January 11, 2021.  From birth to death, he lived life to the fullest.

He was a Second Lieutenant Pilot in the Army who flew 25 missions in a B-24 Liberator Bomber in WW2.  He moved to Morehead City in 1951 to operate the Frontier Village Motel on Atlantic Beach.  Since that time Mr. Freeman has owned and operated several businesses including the Iron Steamer Fishing Pier, Freeman’s Discount Bait and Tackle, Atlantic Beach Grading Company, Paper Bag manufacturing company, San Juan 21 manufacturing plant, Portside Marina and Shelby’s Antique and Collector Cars.  During his years at Atlantic Beach and Morehead City he was instrumental in the development of Pine Knoll Shores, an active officer in the Chamber of Commerce, served a number of years as Chairman of Carteret County Hospital Board and the City Zoning Board.  Additionally, he served on the Board of Regents at Chowan College and worked hard to build the Republican Party in Carteret County and the State of North Carolina.

Shelby enjoyed sailing, dancing and had a strong commitment to his community.  He loved and supported the Carteret Community Theatre, and you could always count on him to loan out his antique cars for parades and weddings.

Due to Covid-19 a private graveside celebration of Shelby’s life will be held by his immediate family. Plans for a memorial service honoring Shelby's life will be announced at a later date. 

He is survived by his son, Stephen Arthur Freeman and his wife Marty of Morehead City, NC; daughter, Rebecca Freeman Walter Dunn and her husband William (Bill) of Tampa, FL; son, Allan Scott Freeman and his wife Lisa of Clearwater, FL; daughter, Shelley Freeman Todd of Nashville, TN; grandson, Alexander James Walter and his wife Melanie of Tampa; great-grandsons, Alexander James Walter Jr. and Wyatt Theodore Walter of Tampa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his honor be made to Chowan University C/O Berth Brown Freeman education fund, One University PL. Murfreesboro, NC 27855

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Arrangements by Noe-Brooks Funeral Home, Morehead City, NC.


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