Sadie Freeman was born in Tallulah, LA on Ashley Plantation to Pearl Freeman and Dora Jackson Freeman. She is the oldest daughter of 13 children. After the death of her father, her mother moved to Monroe where the family joined Friendship Baptist Church. Sadie was in the sixth grade at the time and attended Lincoln Elementary. She went on to attend Carroll Jr. and Carroll High Schools. Sadie grew up in the Booker T Community and raised her children there as well. She is a mother of 5, grandmother of 15, and great-grandmother of 4. Her children (Cherilene Freeman, James “Wiz” Freeman, Manuel Starks Jr., and twin daughters Tabia Starks and Charlotte Starks) and siblings (Percy Freeman, Zola Freeman, Nora Freeman, Calvin Freeman, Brenda & Linda Freeman, Donald Freeman, Raymond Freeman, Sharon Jackson, Roy Jackson, and Stephanie Freeman Paster) all attended Carroll High School.
Sadie Freeman-Starks has been a devoted fan and community advocate for Carroll High School for over 35 years. Through the years she has supported her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and kids from the neighborhood in their academic and extracurricular pursuits. If you ask her, she would say that every child at Carroll belongs to her. Her two oldest children played basketball, and James was on the 85 and 86 state runner up teams. Her nephew Steve Freeman played football. Sadie never missed any of James’ or Steve’s games. She was band parent, booster parent, and community supporter. After initially working at Triple S Grocery, she began working for Wal-mart where she encouraged employees there to became big supporters of Carroll High boys and girls basketball teams because of her grandchildren who all played basketball.
Ms. Starks is a founding member of the Bulldog Booster Club where she has worked actively for the past 4 years. She assists this organization in raising funds at all home games, funds that are used to support the activities of Carroll Students. A consistent and reliable worker, she is often the first to arrive and the last to leave events as she contributes to both set up before and clean up after activities. On several occasions, she has contributed to the feeding of Carroll’s football team and donates her time and resources to any event that she is requested to assist with. Ms. Freeman-Starks is a true former Carroll student and a perpetual supporter.