BENEFITING: BAY LIFE ACADEMY INC
Al has a direct connection to the Autism community and was planning a gift this month to help launch the Livingstone Academy for Autism. Livingstone Academy (Formerly Bay Life Academy) is an independent, non-profit, private school that specializes in serving the unique needs of children with learning disabilities. Livingstone opens it's newest doors in August with it's inagural class at it's Autism Center. Find out more at http://www.baylifeacademy.org
Alfred Lionel (Al) Freathy, age 70, passed away on August 12, 2013, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He was born in Columbus, OH, to Albert Edward Freathy and Delta Stubblefield Freathy. Al grew up the son of military parents and moved frequently until settling in Clinton, MS where he made many lifetime friends. Al attended the Air Force Academy, graduating in 1964, and beginning his Air Force career as a pilot. Additionally in 1964, he married the love of his life, Sandra Kay, beginning their 49 years together. After Al’s tour in the Vietnam War, they moved frequently to assignments in Alabama, Ohio, Florida, Virginia, where Al continued his military service as a pilot flying F-4 Phantom jets, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and developing a nationally recognized expertise in air to ground weaponry. They claimed Shalimar, FL as their home town before and after his retirement and he continued consulting for the Air Force until 2012 culminating over 50 years of professional support of the Armed Forces.
Al lost his life to an aggressive cancer, multiple myeloma. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Kay Freathy; a daughter, Sharon, and her husband, Jason Segars, of Wetumpka, Ala., with three grandchildren, Sarah, Jonothon, and Jeremey; a son, Bradley and his wife, Tammy, of Lithia, Fla., and three more grandchildren, Audrey, Bradley, and Blake. He was preceded in death by his parents. Al took great pride in the achievements of all of his family and was always ready to share their latest successes.