Freeland James Achilles

March 19, 1970 ~ August 30, 2021 (age 51)

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Freeland James Achilles, age 51, of Athens went to be with the Lord Monday August 30, 2021, at his residence.

Freeland was a native of Athens and lifelong resident of McMinn County.  He was a son of the late William James Achilles.  He is also proceeded by father-in-law Samuel L. Derrick, sister-in-law Sandra Grubb, brother-in-law Lynn Grubb and niece Amanda Pressley.

Freeland was employed with Adient, formerly Johnson Controls for over 22 years.  He was a charter member of Genesis Baptist Church where he was a Deacon and song leader for 10 years.

Freeland is survived by his loving wife of 29 years Deanna Lea  Achilles of Athens;

Daughters Beth Achilles, Abigail Achilles and Alli Achilles all of Athens;

Son Christopher Freeland Achilles of Athens;

Mother Ina Pressley Achilles of Athens;

Brother Danny Pressley and wife Cathy of Miami, FL;
Mother-in-law Janeice Derrick of Athens,

Brother-in-law Troy Derrick and wife Amy of Athens;

Several Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Great Nephews, Aunts and Uncles.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 PM, Friday September 3, 2021 at Genesis Baptist Church.  Funeral Services will be at 7 PM with Reverend Pete Mullins officiating.

Graveside services will be 12 PM, Saturday September 4 at Cedar Grove Cemetery.  Family and friends will meet at Ziegler Funeral Home at 11 AM to proceed to the cemetery.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Genesis Baptist Church, 111 Elizabeth Street, Athens, TN  37303.

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September 3, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Genesis Baptist Church
111 Elizabeth Street
Athens, TN 37303

Funeral Service
September 3, 2021

7:00 PM
Genesis Baptist Church
111 Elizabeth Street
Athens, TN 37303

September 4, 2021

12:00 PM
S. Hill Street and Glendale Ave.
ATHENS, TN 37303

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