Gail Cargill Cross Freeman

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GAIL CARGILL CROSS FREEMAN died Thursday, Aug. 5 at her home in Little Rock, Ark. She was born to Edmund and Bess Cargill of Lewisville, Ark., on June 29, 1935. Gail graduated from Lewisville High School where she was an active band member, cheerleader and basketball player. She continued her education at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she was an active member of the Psi Chapter of Chi Omega Sorority. She was also an Arkansas Razorback Cheerleader. Gail met and married James Frank Cross (Jim) in 1956, and moved to Pine Bluff where they joined the First Methodist Church. She was an owner and Realtor at Sullivant-Cross Real Estate Company; she also managed Capitol Investments, Inc. of Pine Bluff. She was demonstrative in establishing the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Gail was a member and past president of the Junior League of Pine Bluff, a member of Junior Sesame Club, and participated in a ‘Bridge Club' comprised of twelve close friends who met monthly. She will forever be remembered as a mother, mother-in-law, Aunt Gail and grandmother "Mama Gail." Gail never met a stranger. She truly believed in the importance of family and friends. Gail was very competitive, charismatic, fun-loving, an excellent cook, and loved following the Razorbacks. Gail moved to Little Rock in the 1980's and continued her real estate career with Janet Jones Company. In 1990, she married Armistead Freeman. She remained active in tennis, snow-skiing, sailing, and traveling the world. She is survived by her four children, James Frank Cross Jr. (Jerene) of Bentonville, Ark., Jan Corrine Cross Freeman of Little Rock, Ark., Linda Cargill Cross Gilmore (Gilly) of Haverhill, Mass., June Carolyn Cross Palmer of Farmington, Ark.; step-children Armistead "Sonny" Councill Freeman Jr. (Kim) of Little Rock, and Richard Stuart Freeman (Jennifer) of Little Rock. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sarah Cross Tommey (Will), Erin Cross Lefler (T.J.), John Henry Cross, Rachel and Elizabeth Freeman, Andrew and Jenifer Palmer, Abigail and Amanda Gilmore; step-grandchildren; Armestead "Tres" Councill Freeman III and Josylin Freeman. On Monday, Aug. 9, a reception will be hosted by her children from 5-7 p.m. at Ruebel Funeral Home in Little Rock. On Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m., a celebration of Gail's life will be held at The Fellowship Bible Church, 1401 Kirk Rd, Little Rock, Ark. 72223. In lieu of flowers please make memorials in Gail's name to Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County, 200 South Commerce, Little Rock Ark. 72201. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home,

Published August 8, 2010

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