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Freddie Isreal

Freddie Anthony Isreal Jr.

Friday, October 17th, 1958 - Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
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Mr. Freddie Anthony Isreal was born October 17, 1958 to Freddie and Lessie Lee Isreal in Jacksonville, Florida. He departed this life Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – at the age of 61.

Freddie graduated from Paxon Senior High School in 1976. Following high school, he attended Mississippi Valley State University where he joined Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and served as one of the university’s best ever halftime band announcers. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree from Edward Waters College and proudly earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix. 

Freddie dedicated his life to educating students at Holy Rosary Catholic School, Empowering Young Minds Academy, and in the Duval County Public Schools system (John Love Elementary, Long Branch Elementary and Brentwood Elementary among others). He led and organized school, church, and community choirs, which performed locally and nationally during his illustrious career. In the summer months, Freddie fulfilled the legacy of his late sister, Thelma Marie Daniels, by leading Camp TOP, which is an educational and enrichment program that has served thousands of youth throughout Jacksonville. During local, state, and federal political elections, he also served as a deputy for the Supervisor of Elections in Duval County. 

As a devout believer and ordained minister, Freddie was an active and dedicated member of True Holiness Deliverance Tabernacle where he served as a choral director and minister of music. 

One adjective – grand – most appropriately describes Freddie, a man of exquisite taste and perfection. Still, he was humble and modest in his approach to life and while conducting business. Indeed, Freddie was a multi-faceted and talented person. As many can attest, he was a fantastic dancer (to R&B music prior to salvation and gospel music after dedicating his life to Christ), an exceptional cook with master chef skills, a dynamic and entertaining choral director, and an esteemed violist, who performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and in the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.

Beloved by all, Freddie will be remembered as an uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, confidant, and coach, who was passionate about education, music, giving back to the community, and the spiritual wellbeing of those he met and knew – and there were many in Jacksonville and around the United States. No doubt, he impacted the lives of many with his affectious personality, a direct approach to speaking his mind and setting the record straight, his willingness to help someone in need or by listening and offering advice and words of encouragement. We will miss Freddie’s warm smile and loving hugs that greeted us upon our arrival and departure from his presence.   

Freddie leaves three nephews, Bryan C. Daniels, Ph.D., James Daniels, and Gerald Daniels, and their families to celebrate his life. In addition, he leaves several loving family members: Alma Butler, Valerie Ducksworth, Patricia Gibbs, Jennifer Gibbs-Phillips, Leroy Gibbs, Eddie Jones Jr., Von Easton, Kevin Fowler, Vanita Foster, Kecia Silas, Archie-Con Grover, Birty Davis III, Wilbur Davis, Ronnie Davis, Jessie Nightingale, Carrie Cotton; and a host of other relatives, colleagues, friends, and fraternity brothers.

The funeral service for Freddie Anthony Isreal, Jr. will be held 10:30 am Saturday, July 18th, 2020 at the Gethsemane Memorial Gardens 800 Hammond Blvd Jacksonville, Florida 32221. The visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Friday, July 17th, 2020 at the True Holiness Deliverance Tabernacle 221 E 27th Street Jacksonville, FL 32206. Interment in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. Please sign the family guest book and view the video tribute @ www.tswarden.com. Arrangements in care of Tyrone S. Warden, FDIC, 4315 N. Main Street, 765-1234

In lieu of flowers, please make monetary donations to:
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Attn: Blue Crescent Charities
P.O. Box 40882
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 17th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 17th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    True Holiness Deliverance Tabernacle
    Address
    221 E 27th Street
    JACKSONVILLE, FL 32206
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    Notes
    Mask are Mandatory
  • Service

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    Gethsemane Memorial Gardens
    Address
    800 Hammond Blvd
    Jacksonville, Florida 32221
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  • Interment

    Location
    Gethsemane Memorial Gardens
    Address
    800 Hammond Boulevard
    JACKSONVILLE, FL 32221
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HURST FLORIST

Posted at 04:12pm
I MET FREDDIE MANY YEARS AGO AS HE WOULD COME INTO OUR FLORIST. HE WAS ALWAYS SUCH A JOY TO VISIT WITH. HE WOULD ALWAYS SAY "ONE DAY IM GOING TO LEARN HOW TO MAKE THESE BOWS!' I WILL CERTAINLY MISS HIS JOYOUS SELF, HIS GREAT LAUGH, HIS SMILE, AND HIS ENCOURAGEMENT. SO SAD TO HEAR OF HIS PASSING. HE WILL BE MISSED BY HIS FRIENDS AT HURST FLORIST.

Ashley Pugh

Posted at 12:30am
He was the best choir director and he will truly be missed. It was an honor to be in the Holy Rosary choir and it's something that only a rare few could ever said that they've had the pleasure and blessing to experience! We love you Coach/my beloved frat brother!
CJ

Carolyn Jones

Posted at 12:12am
I love you cuzzin Freddie this happens to soon as I looked for you to be with me longer. We have lost a good soldier but I know you enjoying heaven and being with your mom & sister. You going to be missed again love you
RH

Reeda Harris

Posted at 02:20pm
Mr. Isreal worked in my workplace in the afternoons. I looked forward to him coming by with his smile and positive spirit. He loved his family and his students. I will miss him. Sincerely, Reeda Harris
JE

Joan Edwards

Posted at 11:47am
Freddie asked me to call him "Isreal" when I first met him at work while he was our maintenance keeper. I loved him from the start-his heart is the first thing you felt, how big it was. His voice, his gregariousness, his love of life was evident in his stories. He was a man that wore many hats. And Proudly. He was always driving his limo to an event; cooking for someone's retirement or for someone who lost a loved one. He would get up early in the morning before going to his other job in order to cook an entire meal for that someone. When he spoke of carrying his sister's legacy through the summer program for children, or of his mother, he always choked up. You couldn't help but give him a big hug. He was so loving. I'm going to miss dear Isreal. The world will miss him too. We lost a great man. I hope and pray he is with his loved ones who went before him. He definitely earned his wings. I love you, Isreal. Rest in Peace. Love, Joan E.
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