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Louis Jay Freedman, 64, of Savannah, Georgia, and husband of Elissa Rosner Freedman, died Friday afternoon, October 8, 2021, at Memorial University Medical Center.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was a son of the late Martin Freedman and the late Bertha Plotkin Freedman. A 1975 graduate of Benedictine Military School, Louis also played football as a walk-on defensive tackle for the University of Georgia and was a member of the 1978 “Underdog to Wonderdog” squad. He worked for many years as a property manager and leasing agent at A.J. & C. Garfunkel and was the owner of Freedman Electronics d/b/a Radio Shack in Hinesville, Georgia. A devoted member of Bnai Brith Jacob Synagogue, Chevra Kadisha and the Brotherhood, Louis was also in the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame and the JEA Sports Hall of Fame.

Louis was loved by everyone and Louis loved everyone. He had a gentle nature and kindness that people were drawn to and such a positive, loving attitude that kept him going through several years of illness. His family and Judaism were the most important things in his life, and his friends were really his extended family.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Elissa Rosner Freedman; sons, Matthew (Mira) Freedman and Isaac Freedman; granddaughter, Gila Freedman, brother, Gerald Freedman (Lynda); sister, Jan Katz (Frank) and several nieces and nephews.

Donations in memory of Louis can be made to: Rambam Day School, 111 Atlas Drive, Savannah, GA 31405; Bnai Brith Jacob Synagogue, 5444 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31405; American Kidney Foundation, (800-488-2277)

The funeral service will take place at 12:30 Sunday afternoon, October 10, 2021, at the graveside, Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Avigdor Slatus.

The family will be sitting Shiva from 2 until 5 o’clock and 7:30 until 9 o’clock Monday, October 11, 2021 through Thursday, October 14, 2021.

You are invited to view the funeral service of Mr. Freedman by clicking here. 

Online Condolences

  1. Willie McClendon says:

    To the Freedman Family, I am heartbroken to hear of Louis’s passing Please accept our heart felt condolences and love for your all.
    Willie McClendon and Family
    Go Dawgs

  2. Faye Kirschner says:

    It is with a heavy heart that Chris and I send our thoughts and prayers for the Freedman Family. You have a very sweet family. May God bless you all.

  3. Danny Rampey says:

    I hadn’t seen him in a long tme, but please know he was a great player and friend. Will truely be missd. My thoughts and prayrs r w the family…..what a great Dawg!

  4. David and Christine Cranman says:

    You remain in our memory always as a great man. The world owes you a debt of gratitude for making it a better place. Rest In Peace. Go Dawgs, sic’em!

  5. Pat Collins says:

    Sorry to hear of Louis passing. He was a true Dawg and will be missed. May God Bless Him.

  6. Jay Weiner says:

    As I child my dad would take me to see # 59 play between the hedges. This was the star of my love for UGA. Thank you for showing me the way. Rest In Peace # 59 and you are #1 in my heart. DGD

  7. Bill Cole says:

    I’m so sad to hear that Louis passed. I have lots of great Bulldog memories with Louis! Rest In Peace my Friend and thoughts and prayers to your family!

  8. Sheril Cohen Dropkin says:

    Elissa (and family) – May his love for you carry you through these dark days, and months and the next years. May his blessed memory always lift your day and fill your heart. May Lou be at peace in his new home watching out for you. <3 xxoo

  9. Bubba Rosenthal says:

    A gentle giant except between the hedges. Your memory will be a blessing for all.

  10. Steven Hirsch says:

    Sorry to hear about Louis passing. I have fond memories of him as we were growing up. May Louis Rest In Peace.

  11. Jean Jackson says:

    Dear Elissa, Matthew and Issac,
    My sincere, heartfelt condolences on the passing of Lou. He was a survivor, and handled his illness with grace. You all are a loving and devoted family, and Lou was so fortunate to have you by his side. I will reach out to you during shiva.
    Love, Jean Saul Jackson

  12. Ellen blumberg winters says:

    A gentle, caring, loving man gone way too soon. This world needs more men like Louis. Sending love and prayers to the Freedman family. Ellen

  13. Kathy Cranman Embrey and Jeff Embrey says:

    We send our heartfelt condolences to Louis’ family. So sorry for your loss. Sending love your way!

  14. Jeffrey Gordon says:

    I’ve know Louis several years. Great friends at Georgia State University. While he was playing Football. Go Dawgs. He was that Guy everyone knew. And loved to be with. Lost sight of him after College, but have seen him several times in Savannah at Tybee and o
    thers at many restaurants. Lately I have not seen him as he has been not feeling well, and later in the Hospital I visited him. And given him prayer’s.I will miss him as well as many other friends of Louis. RIP my friend.

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  16. Stephen Grotto says:

    Isaac and Matt,
    I have very fond memories of our time at BC and even Isaac and I staying in touch when I was in college and after and just chatting on facebook for a long time and helping with history coursework. I want to let you guys know that you and your family are in my prayers. If you need anything at all please do not hesitate to contact me at 912-414-6511. I am here anytime if you want to talk. My mom had renal kidney disease and diabetes so I understand how tough this can be. A friend at BC is a friend for life. Thanks for being there for me through the years.

  17. Bernice Mellman says:

    So sorry. Louis was an amazing, humble, gentle man. We will miss his forever smile and gracious manner. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Adele and Derek Enlander says:

    Dear Gerold and Lynda,
    The two of you have become family to us. We have deep felt sympathy for your loss.
    With you at heart today and always.
    Hugs to you and all the Freedmans.
    We love you,
    Adele and Derek

  19. Roy Cranman says:

    My memories of Louis will always include his infectious laughter. It seemed he was always laughing. But there were no doubts about his commitment or toughness when it came to our beloved Dawgs. He was a fighter on the football field and in life. For sure, his memory will be a blessing for us all.

  20. Ester and Freddie rabhan says:

    A very gentle giant!! Such fond memories of growing up together and playing 3 sports together for so many years in the field and on the court at the JEA. Wonderful following our friend’s career in High School and College. So fitting that GA is being ranked #1 today as Louis’ memory and love for all of his many friends will always be # 1 as well. We will all miss him so very much.
    To Elissa, Mathew, Isaac, Jan, and Gerald…our deepest wishes that you should find comfort among all the mourners of Tzion and Yerushayim.
    Ester and Freddie Rabhan

  21. Richard, Nadine, Ryan & Mandy Salmon says:

    Dear Elissa, Matthew and Isaac – our heartfelt condolences to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope you can find comfort in the wonderful memories you have. May he Rest In Peace.

  22. Patty Hagin Dixon says:

    Louis was our local celebrity growing up. So awesome to know someone that played on the Dawg team. It’s been many years since I’ve seen Louis but, I remember him as kind, funny & always smiling. He was a gentle giant & will be missed by many.

    My deepest sympathies to his family.

  23. Stanley Herman says:

    I can tell from postings how much Louis was loved and will be missed. Regret that I had so few opportunities to get closer.

    Stanley (2nd cousin)

  24. Fred Rabhan says:

    Wonderful memories of playing 3 sports during our childhood and adolescent years. A gentle giant and a tremendous heart. Our condolences to all of you.
    Ester and Freddie

  25. Mack Guest says:

    Louis a true friend / teammate and very good player and true bulldog . Thanks for all the good times and memories RIP Louis .

  26. David Smith says:

    Thank you for letting me see Louis’s service via Zoom. I will always cherish as I worked in consumer electronic sales calling on both Freedman brothers (Louis and Gerald) and their father. Such a loving family! Louis always made me feel welcome and I loved the whole family! It was a wonderful service for a wonderful man!

  27. Mark & Maxine Sussman says:

    In his honor, we wake up to “his” Dawgs being #1. Louis was a standup guy and a gentle giant of a man. Our condolences to all of Louis’s family.

  28. Britt Willingham says:

    Gerald and family,
    A true gentleman, a friend when I needed one,
    Donna would of joined me a Great Man in many ways will be missed.

  29. Jeff Lewis says:

    Louis was a walk-on who earned a scholarship. A good football player and a good person. He always gave his best and will be sorely missed. I send my sympathy to his family.

  30. Joe Creamons says:

    Got to UGA as a player in ’77. Louis was a guy I looked up to on the TEAM. Just saw him few weeks ago in Athens. RIP, Dawg!!

  31. Jeff Harper says:

    Sorry to hear about Louis’ passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.. He was a great individual and a DAMN good Dawg!!

  32. Mike Kavouklis says:

    Louis was a great guy and teammate. His was a great story of how he became a Damn Good Dawg! My thoughts and prayers for his family. RIP Louis!!

  33. Ronnie R. Swoopes says:

    To Elissa and the Freedman Family:
    I rejoice in the fact that I was blessed to have Louise “The Mole” as a teammate. However, I am deeply sadden to hear of your loss. It is my hope and prayer that your hearts will be comforted and your Spirit strengthened. Now, and in the days to come.

  34. Ronnie R. Swoopes says:

    To Elissa and the Freedman Family:
    I rejoice in the fact that I was blessed to have Louise “The Mole” as a teammate. However, I am deeply sadden to hear of your loss. It is my hope and prayer that your hearts will be comforted and your Spirit strengthened. Now, and in the days to come.

  35. Ashley Madray says:

    Our heartfelt sympathies to the Freedman family. Louis was Real Bulldog!
    Blessings to your family
    Ashley Madray and family

  36. Tim Martin says:

    May God bless him and his family and friends.

  37. Davis Sawyer says:

    Louis was a happy person that approached each day as an opportunity to enjoy life. Louis was always fun to be around and enjoy time with. Louis will be missed by all that ever met him.

  38. Chris McCarthy says:

    Sorry to hear of Louis’ passing and he was an inspiration on and off the field. We will miss him. RIP Louis

  39. Sherry Meddin Macchia says:

    My family sends our deepest condolences to the family. Louis was loved by all and always had the biggest smile on his face to everyone he saw. Sending our love and prayers.

  40. Mac Thompson says:

    I am very sorry to hear about Louis passing. Louis always had a smile on his face and he will be missed.

  41. Deborah Rephan says:

    To Elissa and the Freedman family:

    Please accept my sincere condolences on Louis’ passing. From all the beautiful tributes yesterday, he was obviously a wonderful father and human being. Wishing you all strength and comfort.

  42. ken helms says:

    Sad to hear of Louis’ passing. He was a great team mate and a truue dawg.he strained his potential at all times was a tough player. he started at dt and was probably 245 at the most. he was a load on board drill. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. rip louis.

  43. Karen & Charles Verner says:

    Please accept Our sincere condolences. He fought a long hard fight always when we saw him at family functions with a smile on his face. We will miss him.

  44. Lori Hecker says:

    I knew Louis way back in elementary school and jr high school. He was always very easy going and kind. I lost track of him after that other than through his football. I often thought of him and wondered about his life. Clearly he continued on the same path of being a wonderful person who was loving and kind. Not surprised at all by that. My condolences to his family. I pray for peace in the days ahead as you feel his loss.

  45. Dave Kirschner says:

    We are so sorry to learn about Louis. We have the entire Freedman family in our prayers. Everyone who knew Louis will surely miss him. He was a wonderful family man and friend to so many. Dave and Elaine Kirschner

  46. Tom Saunders says:

    I am sad to hear of Louis’s passing. He was a true DAWG through and through. He will be missed, but our memories of Louis will live on. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  47. Mark Hodge says:

    Mole was an incredible teammate. He will always be part of the band of brethren football dawgs that will live in eternity. Too many stories to share, but his laugh, his splashy times at mess hall, and that never a bad day attitude , will never be forgotten for us that had the honor to play with him: as he said “From walk on, I made All American Heb Guys “. We shared the blood and fun, the good , bad and ugly together. See you on the other side my friend. You are one Damn Good Dawg and I imagine you and Erk are sipping a cold one. Salaam ole buddy.


    So sorry for the loss of Louis. What a great person and teammate back in the day. Peace, prayers and love to the Freedman family..DGD

  49. Robert Goodwin says:

    So sorry to hear of Louis’ passing. A good man who always enjoyed sharing a conversation during our days as Bulldogs. I will always remember his smile. Praying for the family.

  50. ALONZO BUCKLER says:

    Louis was one of the first Walkon Players that I met at UGA.. He was an inspiration as I saw that he had actually ‘really made it’, and was on the damn team, which showed Me that it really can be done!!! RIP DGD !

  51. Rosey and Detra Gilliam says:

    Louis will be missed by all who ever crossed his path. He was a great teammate and approached his life with the enthusiasm and never give up ability he demonstrated on the football field.

    He never allowed limitations to prevent him from any desired goals!!

    Our condolences travel to your family.

  52. Jim Blakewood says:

    Peace be with you Issac. Your Dad was a senior at BC when I was freshman, and then later again at UGA playing football. Louie took me around on my UGA recruiting trip, and I admired him for walking on and earning a scholarship to UGA. One of the most upbeat teammates ever.

    Coach Russell and your Dad truly admired each other. Coach Russell changed the “swim move” practice technique into “The Passover” because of the “Mole.” Their affection for one another continued long after football at UGA.

    Most of all here, your Dad’s infectious grin and upbeat manner lifted me every time I was around him. Sad today to be sure, but I am better for having known your Dad. RIP Louis Freedman…”He was a Georgia Bulldog.”

  53. Ernest Ponder says:

    Louis was in my class and was a great guy and friend I have a great respect for not only him as a person but what he accomplished on the field. He wil be greatly missed he was a DGD you will be a DAWG forever RIP my friend

  54. Bill Krug says:

    Louis was the epitome of a “Junkyard Dog” ! He was a bit undersized for a defensive lineman but played like a rabid Dawg!!! His motor was always on high and giving everything for the team! His love for his teammates was never doubted and life in general was always noticeable.
    Louis’s smile and infectious attitude was his greatest gift to his teammates. He never seemed to be down and was always there if you needed him both on or off the field.
    May you RIP you ole Junkyard Dog!!!!

  55. Jim C Griffith says:

    I should just second what Bill Krug just wrote about Louis, “the Mole”. I do remember hot and wearing days, but like so many have said already, he was always of good spirit and on the positive side. I was shocked to see his passing at such a young age. I am proud to have called him a team mate. DGD!

  56. Victor habib says:

    I am so sorry to here of Lewis passing my sincere condolences to his family he will be missed by all who knew him a hard hard worker on and off the field liked by all and admired for his tenacity and great teammate rest in peace sincerely Victor

  57. Sylvester Elkinsjr says:

    RIH my brother

  58. Jerry Pimentel says:

    I just found out about Lou freeman, I’m so sorry to hear about his passing, sending condolences to his family.
    I met Lou and his father at there Radio Shack In Hinesville. From the first time I walked in Lou treated me like we were not strangers. After that I’d come in and we’d talk for hours. Lou Freedman never met a stranger. After Lou left Hinesville I only saw him a couple times, but never forget my friend.
    RIP Lou until we meet again.

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