The Obit For Lee Freeze

Lee Freeze

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on April 1, 2011

Lee James Freeze, 82, of Big Spring died Monday, March 28, 2011, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Keith Wiseman officiating. Burial will be at Trinity Memorial Park.

Lee was born November 25, 1928 at Vinson, Oklahoma to Walter Lee Freeze and Virginia Maud (Chambers) Freeze. He was the oldest of six children. Lee started school at Vinson. When he was in the fourth grade, his parents moved to Denver, Colorado where his Dad started working as a carpenter with his uncle. The family stayed in Denver until his grandfather became ill and Virginia needed to come home to take care of him. He re-enrolled in the Vinson school where he stayed and played both basketball and baseball, both in which he showed tremendous talent.

During the summers when school was out, Lee would help his uncle harvest wheat. Upon graduation from high school he was signed by the Saint Louis Cardinals as a pitcher for their farm team and played for them for several years. He then returned to Vinson and enrolled in college at Southwestern State University. There he majored in Industrial Arts with a minor in Athletics. His first teaching job was at Bradley, Oklahoma, where he taught Physical Education and coached the high school boys' basketball team and taught industrial arts to high school students. It was at Bradley that he met the love of his life, Rueleen Daggs, who was teaching home economics. They were joined in marriage on June 4, 1955.

Lee and Rueleen later continued their education at the University of Oklahoma where Lee received his Masters in Counseling. They then moved to Lamesa, Texas and taught school there for a number of years. After a while they moved to Brownfield, Texas. They taught there until they moved to Big Spring in 1962. Lee worked at Goliad Junior High until he retired in 1991.

Lee was involved in many things besides teaching. He loved to raise bird dogs and hunt. He hunted around the Big Spring area as well as in Oklahoma. He also raised quail and would take them to Vinson to put on his brother's farm so they could hunt them and train dogs.

He loved animals of all kinds, and over the years had raised just about everything, including Cocker Spaniels, pigeons, rabbits, and horses. Until recently he had as many as forty horses in a pasture at Vinson.

Lee was preceded in death by his brother, Wendell Freeze.

He is survived by his wife: Rueleen Freeze of Big Spring; three sons: James Lee "Jay" Freeze of Big Spring, Jim Dal Freeze and his wife Michelle of Austin, and Tim Hal Freeze and his wife Allison of Plano; two sisters: Patsy Ruth Smith of Mangum, and Peggy Larue Pence of Granite; two brothers: Eddie Lynn Freeze of Moore, and Ronnie Ray Freeze of Altus; and four grandchildren: Christian, Jordan, Chandler and Harrison.

Pallbearers will be Weylin Wolf, Steve Wolf, Scott Sheppard, Gary Jones, Brad Ingram, and Buddy Cochrane.

Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home.