William Carl DeFreece

William Carl DeFreece, son of Roy and Margie Defreece, was born April 20, 1935 on the family farm 4 miles west of Cross Timbers, Missouri. He departed this life on July 23, 2017 in Independence, Missouri, surrounded by his loving family. Carl started school in September 1941 at Hartville School. Later in September the family moved to Redlands, California where Carl finished his first year of school. In April 1942 the family moved back to the farm in Missouri and Carl attended school for 11 years at Cross Timbers, where he only missed 1 day of school. Carl loved to play basketball and played his sophomore, junior and senior years of School. He averaged 18 points per game with a high game of 48 points!

In August of 1947, during a revival meeting at South New Home Missionary Baptist Church, Carl felt the draw to seek the Lord for salvation and on that Saturday night he received the Greatest Gift Man can receive, Peace with God.

In November of 1953 while working on a farm a mile south of Marshall Junction, Missouri, Carl heard God’s call to preach his word. In July 1963 Carl stood and publicly acknowledged God’s call to the gospel ministry and began preaching God’s word the next night. On May 26, 1956 Carl was united in marriage to Mary Ann Pippins and to this union three children were born; Randy Carl, Gayland Duane and Cynthia Kay.

Carl and Mary lived their life in the Kansas City, Missouri area even though Carl pastored churches in Hickory, Benton and Morgan Counties and helped with revivals in Dallas, Hickory, Camden, Polk, Cedar, St. Clair, Benton, Morgan counties and the states of Kentucky and Tennessee.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Margie DeFreece, two brothers Alvin Ray and Alva Lee DeFreece, one sister Opal May Thompson and son Gayland Duane DeFreece.

Carl leaves to mourn his passing his wife Mary of 61 years his son Randy Carl (Pat), daughter Cynthia Kay McCormack (Patrick), grandsons Shane Roy Evenson, Matthew Ryan DeFreece, Kevin Robert DeFreece and Jason Ross DeFreece (Morgan), granddaughters Shannon Dawn Patrick (Matt), Jordan Patricia Baylee McCormack and great-grandchildren Dylan Trey, Laci Kay and Lola Ann Patrick. One brother Joseph Walter (Ruth), a sister-in-law Delores DeFreece and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Anyone who visited Carl recently knows his parting words WERE always… If I don’t see you anymore down here, I WILL MEET YOU AT THE HOUSE!

A visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Friday, July 28, 2017 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, Missouri 64133. Funeral service will be 10 AM, Saturday, July 29, 2017 also at Heartland. A graveside service will be held 3 PM, Saturday, July 29, 2016 at South New Home Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in rural Cross Timbers, Missouri.


  1. Celia Davis on July 26, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Mary, I am so sorry for your lose and very shocked. If we or Eastern Star can do anything please let me know. We love you and loved Carl.

  2. Marvin Payne on July 26, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. He did much good service and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family during this difficult time.

  3. Elder Rick Jones on July 26, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Sorry, to hear of Carl’s passing, although sad, I am glad for his soul now’s experiences life everlasting. He was a true patriot to the old time saving of the soul. Preaching in the heat of the battle “how you otta know” expressing by example how he cared for lost souls. The Churches of today will miss his simple way, his signature move in the pulpit, and how the Lord equipped him in Spirit and power, at the preaching hour. When he preached and prayed on the Lord’s Day. Lest we forget I remember him sit and sing playing his guitar. Singing of that heavenly place not so far, where his Saviour shined like an eastern star. His wife Mary never contrary supported his preaching to the end. From him I learned your wife is to be your best freind. I carried his memory and wisdom I gained, as a young preacher from a Kansas plain all the way to Jamaica.
    I thank God for Brother Carl Defreeze, who never ceased to preach the truth; one one his most valued attributes. My Christian freind rest in peace for I will see you again. PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD IS THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS!

  4. Ralph Nyquist on July 27, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Randy, although I never met your father I know I will get to spend eternity with him. I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family for peace and comfort.

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