David Rickman Freeman, 63 passed away Jan. 31, 2020 at his home in Bowling Green, KY.

Rickman was born Aug. 25, 1956 in Portland, TN and spent his formative years working on his family’s farm. After graduating from Portland High School in 1974, he studied horticulture at MTSU, graduating in the spring of 1978. His career path led him to work as a horticulturist for Conway Twitty and at Opryland Hotel for many years, which afforded him opportunities to work with some of Nashville’s most famed celebrities.

Rickman had a profound love of his profession, and enjoyed instilling a passion for horticulture in all who he met. He will be remembered by his ability to create timeless and elegant floral arrangements with the most mundane of materials, and for his unrivaled skill in making everyone he encountered laugh, never meeting a stranger along the way. He was a member of First Christian Church in Bowling Green. 

Rickman is preceded in death by his parents, the late Paul and Margaret Freeman of Portland. Survivors include a beloved sister, Kaye Hunt (Herschel Dowdell) of Nashville; two brothers, Larry Freeman (Connie) and Allen Freeman (Kathy), both of Portland; two uncles, Joe (Joan) of Portland and Jackie (Judy) of Franklin, KY, as well as many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, a loving work family, and countless friends from his many walks of life.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Downing Museum at Baker Arboretum, 4801 Morgantown Road, Bowling Green, KY.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made in Rickman’s memory to the Jerry E. Baker Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box One, Bowling Green, KY, 42102.


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