Barney Jackson Freeman, II


Barney Jackson Freeman, II, age 51, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 5, 2023 after a 6-month battle with brain cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife, Belynda, his mother, Simone, his sister, Julie, and his cousin, Lee. Barney was born in Amherst, Ohio to his father Barney Jackson Freeman, Sr., and his mother, Simone (“Sandra” Morris) Freeman on August 27, 1971.

Surviving Barney is his wife, Belynda (Abbott) Freeman, Waverly, WV; daughters, Shayle (Trenton) Heishman, Tiffin, Ohio, Somer Freeman, Tiffin, Ohio, Maddison Freeman, Fostoria, Ohio, and Morgen Freeman, Fostoria, Ohio; sons, Curtis (Erin) Hummel, North Royalton, Ohio, Justyn (Eliza) Hummel, Weston, Ohio, and Nicholas (Monica) Hummel, Rossford, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Nahla, Lyndsey, Emmet, Remington, Thomas, Nora, and Shane; mother, Simone (“Sandra” Morris) Freeman, Gibsonburg, Ohio, and step-mother, Norma (Kordeleski) Freeman, Kansas, Ohio; brothers, Joe (Diane) Freeman, Hendersonville, TN, Shane (Paula) Freeman, South Amherst, Ohio, and Brandon Krembs, St. Louis, MO; sisters, Julie (Rich) Greiner, Kansas, Ohio, Donna (Harold) Lane, Richmond, VA, and Sandra Bentley, Bristol, TN; nephews Logan (Aneese) Greiner, Fremont, Ohio, Hunter Greiner, Kansas, Ohio, Jack Greiner, Kansas, Ohio, Luke (Paige) Freeman, Hendersonville, TN, Aubrey Freeman, Hendersonville, TN, countless other nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews; and his Australian Shepherd, Willie (named after Willie Nelson, of course).

He was preceded in death by his brothers, James Bradley Freeman, Gordon Scott Freeman, Daniel Shane Freeman, his father, Barney Jackson Freeman, Sr, and his step-father Barry.

Barney and Belynda (“Beek” and “Bee”) met and fell in love in 2016 and were married on February 15, 2020 in Helena, Ohio. Barney was self-employed as a residential and commercial painter most of his adult life, and most recently he enjoyed working in residential construction. Barney was a jack-of-all-trades, and anything he did, he always did well. He was a talented musician, singer, and song writer and could play any instrument he got his hands on. He had a knack of making every song his own, which always sounded better than the original artist. Barney was a friend to all and a foe to none, and those who had the pleasure of knowing him knew this man was one-of-a-kind. He breathed life, happiness, and love into everyone he met. Most importantly, Barney loved the Lord. He and his wife were baptized together on November 29, 2022. In 2021, Barney and his wife purchased 64 acres in West Virginia, with the intent of preaching the gospel to the homeless, addicted, and lost. Barney loved his mountain, and longed to help those in need. Barney’s unique life story would have been a testament to many, and would have helped countless souls. Barney was truly an amazing man, passionate and playful. His laughter and smile, so infectious, will be sorely missed by many.

Barney’s last wishes was that he did not want a service or funeral, but instead opted for a “Celebration of Life” for family and close friends. This will be announced at a later date. The Engle-Shook Funeral Home & Crematory in Tiffin is assisting the family with their arrangements. On-line condolences may be left for the family at

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