Freddie Lee McCloud, 91, of Rahway, NJ passed away on December 17, 2020 in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Rahway, NJ. He was born on November 9, 1929 in Montgomery County (Buffalo), GA to the late George and Fannie Rawls-McCloud. He was the youngest of their eleven children.
Freddie grew up in Montgomery County and was educated in the local public school system. Later, in the early fifties, he joined the Army and served during the Korean War. Freddie Lee’s military duty was kitchen and cooking details (he was an excellent cook). Occasionally, he would reminisce about the time he served on active duty in Greenland. The highlight of his recollection was talking about how cold it was there. It was ironic that when Freddie was honorably discharged from military service he would relocate from the warmth of Georgia to the cold winters of New Jersey.
After moving to Elizabeth, NJ in the mid-fifties he acclimated and comfortably made it home. He had close family, hometown friends, and new relationships that helped the process of adopting New Jersey as his new home state.
As fate would have it, one of these new relationships would eventually become Mrs. Freddie Lee McCloud. Rosa Mae (Rose) and Freddie Lee (Freddie) fell in love and was married. They lived in Elizabeth for some years and later relocated to Rahway, NJ. He was a member and attended Liberty Baptist Church, Elizabeth NJ. Freddie was a caring and good husband and a loving and dedicated father to their son, Tyrone.
He enjoyed being with and hanging out together with selected family members and friends at parties and entertainment spots. Freddie Lee was an avid sport’s fan who loved to attend games or watch them on TV. His teams were the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia 76ers, and Dallas Cowboys. He was not a ‘happy camper’ without TV. Watching TV became his favorite past time. He loved the old westerns/cowboy shows and movies.
Early in life Freddie had various kinds of employment. He later became a faithful employee of Allen & Company; a company that provided interior parts for the auto industry. He retired after many years of dedicated service because of a medical condition.
Freddie Lee leaves to cherish his memory his sons, Tyrone McCloud of Rahway, NJ, and Alfonso Smiley of Atlanta, GA; his only living sibling, Sonnie McCloud (Rosetta, deceased) of Miami, FL; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
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