Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I
will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (Psalm 23:6)
Ossie Spann Freeman was born October 14, 1930, in Rankin County, Mississippi to
the late James Spann and Bertha Byrd Spann. She transitioned unto the Lord on August
7, 2019. She was the oldest of eight children. Her parents, one sister, and three
brothers preceded her in death.
Ossie attended Rankin County Schools before moving to Jackson, Mississippi for
employment. To seek better employment opportunities, she moved to Oakland,
California in 1953. She continued her educational studies in Jackson and in California.
After moving to California, she was united in Holy matrimony to Leon Freeman, who
preceded her in death.
Ossie owned Ossie’s Family Care. Her ministry and passion for people led her to
establish a care facility for mentally and physically challenged adults. She operated this
business for 25 years before her retirement in 2005.
Ossie accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age in Mississippi. She was always
affiliated with the Church and served as an usher and choir member. In 1995, she joined
Second Baptist Church in Modesto, California, under the leadership of Dr. Charles
Evins. Ossie served in the choir and the mission ministry at Second Baptist until her
health failed. Ossie had a deep love for the Lord and people. She had a special love for
her family and her pastor. Her dedication to God was witnessed through her work and
her request to be baptized a second time by Reverend Evins, as she made sure her
anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock of Jesus.
She leaves to cherish her memory: two sisters, Rosie Spann of Modesto, California and
Edna Ruth Spann of Pelahatchie, Mississippi; one brother, George Spann of Pelahatchie,
Mississippi; the Second Baptist Church Family, special friends in Modesto, California,
and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In times like these I have a Savior,
In times like these I have an anchor;
I’m very sure, I’m very sure
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!