The family of a local man who drowned recently set up a bank account for anyone wishing to donate to the cost of his funeral and burial expenses.
Marvin Freeney, 24, of Jacksonville, was found in Lake Jacksonville around 8:30 a.m. by fishermen under a privately owned pier at Bird Creek. Officials said they believe Freeney had been in the water for one to two days when his body was discovered.
Det. Jeremy Pate said last week the department does not believe foul play was involved, but sent his body to Tyler for an autopsy to determine cause of death.
Chief Reece Daniel said the autopsy is complete and the body was released to his family. Daniel said it can take between six to eight weeks for a toxicology test to come back from the lab and the department will not have the final autopsy report for several more weeks.
In the meantime, Freeney's family is working to arrange a proper burial without much money.
An account has been set up at Austin Bank in his name, and donations can be made at any location. Family members are hoping to raise about $400 for his cremation and some extra funds to help family members commute to the funeral, which is anticipated to be held in Jacksonville.
His mother, Regina Kentrick, said she moved to Fort Worth to be closer to medical care. She said she had a seizure in a car accident four years ago, and life hasn't been quite the same since. She has lupus, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hypertension and stents in her heart following a heart attack.
“I take about 13 bottles of pills a day and insulin,” Kentrick said. “I would have to take a bus because I don't have transportation. I can't drive, I have seizures.”
Helen Boseman, Kentrick's friend and relative in Jacksonville, is trying to help get family down from Fort Worth.
“I'm trying to find someone to drive her (down) here,” Boseman said. “I'm going to let her stay with me until we can get something situated. I have (multiple sclerosis, and we are) trying to help each other. I have the car, I need to find a driver and $50 for gas and I'm going to come and get her.”
Kentrick said her other three sons in Fort Worth have also fallen on financial troubles and are unable to contribute to his funeral expenses.
Boseman said she is trying to repay kindness to Kentrick.
“From time to time she would come back and forth from Fort Worth, and she would come by when she wanted to talk to me or wanted to see me checking on me,” Boseman said.
Kentrick said her son has not been cremated yet, as they work to collect money. She said family members are hoping to have an open service on Oct. 6., if all things go well.
Kentrick describes her son as loving man, the father of two young children. She said he loved swimming and was a very easy person to talk to.
“I loved him and I wish he was still here,” she said. “I know his bothers are taking it hard, we all are. I wish he was still here.”
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