Freddie L. Sirmans was born in Stockton, Georgia on Dec. 22, 1942. In 1956 he moved with his family to Valdosta, Georgia at the age of fourteen. He finished Pinevale High School in Valdosta, GA. in 1961. He turned down a basketball scholarship to attend Fort Valley State College in GA. upon graduation. In late 1962 Mr. Sirmans enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he was trained as a fire and crash rescue man and fire fighter. After he spent four years in the Air Force Mr. Sirmans returned to Valdosta in 1966. In 1969 he married Carolyn Laverne Cunningham. That union ended in a divorce in 1980. He has operated several small businesses and help raise four kids. They are Regina, Freddie Jr, Hoover, and Erica. He is so proud of his nine grand children, Zaporia, Hoover II, Yvette, Ayana, Freddie III, Amari, Tommy, Cameron, and Julie. He has a lot to be thankful for. Now Freddie L. Sirmans, Sr. is a published Author of several books.