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Sun Dean Freeby, 69

Sun Dean Freeby, 69, of Lonoke, passed away October 31, 2021. She was born November 17, 1951 in Hazen, Arkansas to the late James Ralph Sumner and Toka Dean Crowder.

Sunnye enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching Westerns and Walker Texas Ranger. She loved collecting Santa Claus themed trinkets.

Sunnye is preceded in death her parents James Ralph and Toka Dean Sumner; brother Richard Sumner; and grandson Stephen Delong.

Sunnye is survived by her husband Jan Freeby; children Erica Delong (Stephen) of North Little Rock, Jan Michael Freeby (Gina) of Carlisle, and Ray Hayford (Susan) of Clinton; grandchildren Jamie Delong, Alexander Delong, Ean Freeby, Dylan Hayford, Evie Freeby, and Mikey Freeby; great-great-grandchildren Navaeh, Jada, and Lakeyn; brother James Ralph Sumner (Sharolyn) of Carlisle; sister-in-law Mary Sumner of Carlisle; and many more extended family and friends.

Memorial Service will be Friday, November 5, 2021 at 2:00pm at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville.

Cremation Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400


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  • Sue & Bill Yancey Posted November 1, 2021 6:22 PM

    Jan, Erica & Jan Mike – I’m so very sorry for the loss of Sunnye, I’m still in shock as you all must be. Sunnye was one very special lady and will be missed by many& I can promise you, she will not be forgotten. My heart goes out to all of you & I’m praying that God wraps his arms around each of you & brings you comfort in the days ahead, as I know the days to come will be difficult to say the least. Just know that she is at peace now I know I have so many fond memories of Sunnye & I will cherish them the rest of my life. If there is anything I can do in the days to come, if it’s just to talk or you need some one just to listen, you know where to find me. I love all of ya’ll & you will be in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Bonnie Huey Brooks Posted November 1, 2021 7:56 PM

    SunDean was a classmate and friend for 12 years. She was a sweet friend and so much fun. I have many fond memories of us growing up together. We had sleep overs and she will always be remembered as a great storyteller. She made church camp fun. Her parents were really sweet people. I adored her brother, Jimmy and always enjoyed it when he visited my Aunt Kay and Uncle Larry Joe. Sunnye was a beautiful person,..inside and out. It was an honor and pleasure to know her.

  • Lyla Crowder West Posted November 1, 2021 8:06 PM

    Love you so much

  • Cissy Putts Latta Posted November 2, 2021 8:41 AM

    Will always remember Sunny being such happy …sweet …..loving person 🥰
    My our Lord comfort Jan .family and friends during this time .of loss.

  • Judith Coats Posted November 2, 2021 4:18 PM

    Sunnye was a high school friend and was the match maker who put me and my husband together 51 years ago. I will always cherish the fun, fond memories I have of her.

  • Ellen Thompson Posted November 3, 2021 12:02 PM

    So sorry for your loss, Jan, Erica, JM & family..I always enjoyed being with Suynne & around her when I lived at Lonoke & working with her at Delta Dental. We will all miss her so much.. my prayers & condolences to you all. ( love & hugs & prayers)

  • Bonita Daphne Crowder Petrus Swint Posted October 29, 2022 3:47 PM

    Just learned of Sunnye’s passing, not long ago. I had the privilege of watching her grow up, being her 1st cousin. I always loved her, regardless. She was always funny and full of life. She loved her family, endlessly.
    I was so sorry to hear of her passing! I truly loved her! And through I didn’t get to visit her or see her, I will truly miss her!! Just knowing her puts a Smile on my Face, as she had that effect on people. May God Bless and continue to Bless her family, Jan, Erica, and Jan Michael!! And the many others.
    I Love You Sun Dean/Sunnye Freeby!!!

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