L.A.M.P.S. Library is a place where scholars of all kinds can come to learn, research, explore, and grow in knowledge and wisdom. It is a place of hope. It is a place that is dedicated to some life-changing people–bright lights in this world.
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Meet the L.A.M.P.S.
Meet the people who inspired the L.A.M.P.S. Library. These people are have been lights to the Freemans and have inspired and empowered them. Get ready to meet Jerry Lovett (L); Timothy Adams (A); Marcia McDonald; Daniel and Barbara Porter (P); and a dual honor to [Mrs.] Susie and Sheletha (S).
Jerry Lovett works in the prison system and on the security team at Raleigh North Christian Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. On July 18, 2017, he sprang into duty to help save Pastor James Freeman’s life–giving him CPR. To acknowledge his courage and sacrifice, he was awarded one of North Carolina University’s first honorary degrees–a Bachelor of Humane Letter’s degree. We are truly thankful for this light–Jerry Lovett–the “L” in L.A.M.P.S. Library.
Timothy Michael Adams (1996-2014) is the son of Susan and Timothy Adams. Timothy was an inquisitive student; a tenacious, high school football player; and an adventuresome, fearless young man. In 2014, he was accepted into Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. It was there that Timothy Adams, 18, drowned (at the start of his Freshman year). His parents and family and Western Carolina University remember him through the Timothy M. Adams Legacy of Leadership Award, and North Carolina University celebrates him by including him as a member of the L.A.M.P.S. Library. Meet Timothy M. Adams, the “A” in L.A.M.P.S.
Marcia McDonald is the mother of two exemplary young men–twins who were born on different days! As a single mother raising African American men (Martin and Matthew), she understood struggle, hardship, and faith. She learned that giving up is not an option. On July 18, 2017, Pastor James Freeman was blessed to have someone with such tenacity and fight helping to administer CPR to him. Marcia, who felt when Pastor’s Freeman’s pulse stopped and who saw him take his last breath, sprang into action and assisted. Although she had no time to remanence about days gone by when she wanted to be a nurse, that dream came alive that day. She received one of North Carolina University’s first honorary degrees, a Bachelor of Humane Letters, for her heroinism. We honor Marcia McDonald. The “M” in L.A.M.P.S. Library.
Daniel and Barbara Porter
Dr. Freeman has discussed her parents often when teaching her classes or talking to other people. She learned so much from both of them, though they were as different as fire and water. Many times, she likened their relationship to the legendary rivalry of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Their views were very different and often contentious–just like these two iconic figures. Her dad, Daniel Porter, was a hardworking, ever-striving man who devoted his life to supporting his family and business. Her mother, Barbara Ann Porter, was a socialite, humanitarian, and avid shopper who loved upscale living. They were earthiness and luxury combined and held together by the grace of God. Their over 35-year marriage was inspirational and trying, and it taught Dr. Freeman a lot about relationships. For their outpouring of love and care, she loves and adores her parents. Join her in honoring Daniel and Barbara Porter, the “P” in L.A.M.P.S. Library.
Susie (aka Mrs. Susie) and Sheletha--A Dual Honor
And Now. . . Mrs. Susie Freeman
Augusta “Susie” Freeman loved children. “I’ve loved children all my life. I always wanted ‘lots of them,” she once said. God granted her heart’s desire and gave her many children–all of whom she loved dearly. She thrived taking care of her children and her home and in doing all she knew to serve her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She left this earth in 2018 surrounded by some of her children–who adore her still. One of her children, Pastor James Freeman, looks like her male twin and honors her as a bright L.A.M.P.
Dr. Freeman’s big sister Sheletha (pronounced “Sha-lee-tha”) was the definition of a Nerd Beauty. She was also her hometown’s sweetheart. Sheletha was class Valedictorian, homecoming queen, a cheerleader, and a pageant runner up. She lived her life for the moment and milked all that she could out of her 56 years of life. She was a whirlwind of beauty, brains, talent, and impulse. Join us as we celebrate this Nerd Beauty and one part of the “S” in L.A.M.P.S. Library–Sheletha.
North Carolina University, Kittrell College, and Latta University
Enjoy your visit in L.A.M.P.S. Library, where learning is a pleasure and books are lights of hope.