Published 10:17 am Thursday, April 12, 2018

WEST POINT — Mr. William Edward Breedlove Sr., 100, of West Point, Ga. passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Florence Hand Home in LaGrange, Ga.

Mr. Breedlove was born on October 5, 1917 in Evansville, Ga. to the late William Watkins Breedlove and Mabel Henderson Breedlove. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Charles Breedlove,

Mr. Breedlove married Margaret Groover in Lanett, Ala. on August 19, 1945. He went on to enlist and serve in the 95th Fighter Squadron of the Army Air Force between April 1942 and July 1945, during World War II. He was engaged in the North African and European fronts where he received the European, African, Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal and a Distinguished Unit Badge.

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He and his wife, Margaret, owned and operated Breedlove’s Jewelers in West Point for twenty-seven years, where he performed watch and jewelry repairs and retail sales.

Mr. Breedlove had a passion for restoring and working on Chevrolet Corvairs. In the spare time that he had, he also enjoyed boating and fishing at the lake. He and his family enjoyed spending time at the beach and at Callaway Gardens. Upon retirement, he and his wife Margaret spent much of their time enjoying trips to the lake, to Florida, and to Colorado and Montana to visit family.

Living through an entire century created magnificent memories, stories and special relationships in Mr. Breedlove’s life. He was honored on his 100th birthday with a fitting birthday party to honor the centenarian surrounded by his loving family, loving friends, and special acquaintances made throughout his life.

He is survived by his wife of over 72 years , Margaret Groover Breedlove, West Point; daughters Ann Breedlove Wilson, Fort Collins, Colo. and Margaret Breedlove Kee, Pine Mountain, Ga.; son William E. Breedlove, Jr., Bozeman, Montana; grandchildren Paul (Kelly) Haralson, Laura (Bruce) Ocker, William C. (Kayla) Breedlove, Andrew (Susanne) Kee, Melanie (Travis) Whittaker and ten greatgrandchildren.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 3 p.m. EDT at the Marseilles Cemetery in West Point.  The Rev. Jerry Ledbetter will officiate. Mr. Breedlove’s family will be receiving friends at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Lanett on Saturday from 1 until 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made in Mr. Breedlove’s memory to the Salvation Army at or by mail to The Salvation Army, 202 Church Street, LaGrange, GA 30240 or to the Harris County Humane Society, or by mail to the Harris County Humane Society, 3938 Barnes Mill Road, Hamilton, GA 31811.

Please visit his Memorial Tribute page at to leave a condolence for his family, share a memory of Mr. Breedlove, or to light a Remembrance Candle in his memory.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Lanett is directing.