ALBANY -- A Celebration of Life Memorial for Mrs. Jo Neal Freeman will be held on March 12, 2012 at 4 p.m. in the ACAD Auditorium of Albany State University. Immediately following the celebration the family will receive friends and guests on the campus in L. Orene Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the ASU Foundation - Jo Neal Freeman Memorial Scholarship Fund. A memorial tribute can be viewed at http://www.asurams.edu/welovejo. You may also direct inquires to weloveJoFreemanasurams.edu or to The Office of the President, Albany State University, 504 College Drive, Albany, GA 31705.
Mrs. Jo Neal Freeman, wife of Albany State University's eight president, Everette J. Freeman, departed this life on March 2, 2012. Jo Avis Neal was born in Washington, D.C. to Renett and Czerny Neal on July 21, 1952. Jo earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Hampton University and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. After graduation she worked in the field of chemical dependency treatment as an administrator, manager, and psychotherapist in the greater Detroit area for more than 25 years.
Upon her marriage to Everette Freeman in 2006, Jo moved to Albany, GA. She continued her life's work as the Clinical Supervisor for the Albany Area Community Service Board and later at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. She was a very active member in several local organizations, including the Toastmasters Club 5091, the Board of Trustees for The Anchorage, the Board of Directors for Girls Incorporated, the Board of Directors for the YMCA, the Albany Chapter of the Links, Inc., and the GWRRA - Georgia Chapter H Motorcycle Club of Albany. Recently Jo was the keynote speaker for the 2012 MLK Celebration at the Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base.
As First Lady of Albany State, Jo could be spotted in the President's Box cheering on the Golden Rams football team. She was equally as excited interacting with students at recitals, Lyceum events, and student government association dinners. Jo was always gracious in her official capacity when representing ASU at various community events and one of the Golden Rams' most vocal champions.
Jo could also be found singing in the Albany Chorale and was known to be a spirited vocalist. Jo loved her family, people, traveling, riding her motorcycle, exercising, golfing, downhill skiing, and watching movies. Her charitable heart, zeal, and love for life were obvious to everyone who met her and enjoyed by all who knew her. Her favorite song was "I Hope You Dance" and indeed she lived every day to the fullest.
Jo is survived by her husband Everette Freeman, her daughters, Mashon Gray (Justin) and Dara Madzimoyo (Lutalo); four grandsons: Justin II, Jahi, Kachi, and Bailo, and twins on the way; brother Taalib-Din Uqdah (Pamela) and their two children Abu Bakr and Aminah; and her sister, Gina Neal of Jacksonville, FL.
Poteat Funeral Home