Self-made millionaire Darrell S. Freeman, Sr. dies at 57

He grew up in Chattanooga and donated to several local causes

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – Darrell S. Freeman, Sr. readily admitted that he spent most of his life getting money.

So he wanted to spend the rest of it giving back.

The self-made millionaire died Tuesday at the age of 57.

He was both a mentor and a benefactor for black entrepreneurs based on the power of his personal story.

The Nashville businessman was born in Chattanooga.

He was the first of his family to go to college.

Freeman built a tech company, Zycron Inc. and then sold it in 2017 for $20 million.

He also ran S3 Recycling Solutions, an IT recycling firm.

Freeman often came back to town to share some of that wealth.

In 2017, he came back to see the benefits of a donation to the Ironman Foundation.

Free swim lessons for 200 kids at Walden Park, where he went as a kid.

“Keeping kids active is a good way to teach them what their potential really is and if you can learn how to swim one day you can do an Ironman. We may save a kids life because kids drowning is a real issue so teaching them how to swim is asset to them.”

Freeman, himself, competed in multiple Ironman competitions.

Then in 2020, he was back to present a big check to the Bessie Smith Cultrual Center.

The donation went towards upgrading digital improvements at the Center.

“I grew up over by Carver Center. And so I used to play a lot at Carver Center; used to get free lunches at Carver Center in the summertime. And so neither of my parents graduated from high school. My mom is Jimmy Lou Freeman and my father Howard Freeman raised me and my brothers. And they taught us the value of respecting other people. They also taught us the value of helping folks when we can.”

In addition to running his companies, Freeman also served as board chairman for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and served on the MTSU Board where he went to school.

He also turned his love for flying into another way to give back and into a YouTube channel, Cockpit Conversations.

Today his family posted a statement:

“Our beloved father and husband, suffered from a serious illness that he succumbed to on the evening of June 28, 2022.  As we navigate this unknown territory and difficult time, we ask for your prayers and privacy.”

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