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February 11, 2013

EDITORIAL: Chester Freeman, community builder

CULLMAN — Cullman County has developed a splendid reputation as a family-friendly community because of a long history of neighborly care and strong civic pride.

Among those who worked tirelessly to build Cullman into a desirable place to live was Chester Freeman. Known fondly by many residents as the “Candy Man,” because of his work as a distributor years ago, Freeman was also the driving force behind envisioning and realizing an outstanding recreation program in the area.

Upon returning from service in World War II, Freeman followed the same path of many soldiers. He came home and found a job. What made Freeman stand out is the vision he shared for the community.

John Hunt, director of Cullman’s parks and recreation program, noted that Freeman had a unique way of seeing potential and helping to make a project materialize into something real.

Today, Cullman has the Field of Miracles, the Wellness & Aquatic Center, and the elaborate Heritage Park to provide local residents and visitors with a wealth of opportunities for fellowship and exercise. Freeman is the man who had a vision for much of the great qualities that Cullman now enjoys.

His passion was also in giving. As a member of the Cullman Lions, he was often involved in raising money for a wide range of community needs. In fact the organization, was on the ground floor of raising money for the recreation program.

Freeman lived a long life and was always known for his gentlemanly approach to others and the projects he involved himself in.

Former Mayor Don Green noted that Freeman never asked for credit for his ideas. He was only interested in seeing accomplishments for the sake of the community.

As time goes by, Freeman will long be remembered for his tremendous contributions to the Cullman area. His life of unselfish service stands a great example of how citizens can make a positive difference in the place they call home.

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