Memorial services celebrating the life of James Robby "Bob" Breedlove will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home with Dr. Steve Breedlove officiating. Visitation will be held following the service. A private family burial will be held in Rose Lawn Cemetery.
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James Robby "Bob" Breedlove passed peacefully into the arms of his Lord Jesus Christ on July 30, 2014, at The Heights of Tyler, surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born near Tyler to Leta and Jesse Breedlove on Feb. 15, 1924. He was the fifth and last surviving of seven children - Bill, Gatha Brack, Jesse, Rosalie Eikner, Bob, Ray and Charles. His childhood years were in rural Henderson County and his adult life in Tyler. Bob graduated from Tyler High School in 1941, where he met the love of his life, Paula Kent. They married March 7, 1942. An All-District player, Bob attended East Texas State Teachers College where he was letterman on the 1941 football team, before enlisting in the Army Air Corps on Feb. 14, 1942. Bob deeply loved his country and served faithfully throughout World War II as a reconnaissance photograph pilot in the Pacific. He returned from the war as a first lieutenant and joined the family business, Breedlove Nursery. Bob and Paula had four children: Jim, Mike, Jan Breedlove Smith, and Steve. After almost 20 years as co-owner of Breedlove Nursery, Bob left and founded Breedlove Insurance where he worked for 30 years, serving the needs of families. He and Paula loved to travel around the world, and they especially enjoyed the beautiful sights of North America on long road trips to visit their children and grandchildren.
It was Bob's lifelong mission to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, to love and serve his family and to participate generously in the life of the Tyler community. He served for years on the boards of Young Life and Fifth Street Presbyterian Church. Bob was a founding board member for Tyler's Christian radio stations KVNE and KGLY and Pine Cove Conference Center. He was known for his commitment to helping and encouraging others. When Bob went jogging, he would take a litterbag so that he could pick up trash along the way. For years, he and Paula would set up a soft-drink stand in the back alley each Friday to host a short break for sanitation workers. The week of Thanksgiving, they would cook and serve a seated meal for these service workers. He delivered food for Meals On Wheels until he was no longer able to drive.
Bob manifested his loyalty and commitment to God in word and deed, bringing joy, kindness and wisdom to everyone he met. He freely expressed gratitude and thankfulness, was kind and gentle, loved to laugh, sing and dance, and forever took pleasure in the beauty and wonder of God's earth. He particularly worked to strengthen marriages and families and loved teaching married couples' Sunday school classes.
Even though Bob's ability to speak declined over the last 10 years of his life, he greeted everyone with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. Though speech failed, he still remembered and joined his family in singing the great hymns of the Christian faith. (They will always remember him singing "The Love of God" at the top of his lungs and his frequently-voiced dream to have a wonderful voice in heaven to sing the praises of his Lord and Savior.)
Above all, Bob loved and served his family and deeply treasured his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. After 72 years of marriage, he still saw Paula through the eyes of a love-struck young man. ("Unforgettable" was his favorite love song.) As long as he had the capacity, Bob joined Paula in praying daily for his children and grandchildren. He was also a deeply loyal son and brother who cared for his parents, siblings, cousins and their families in times of need.
Bob is survived by his wife Paula; son, Jim Breedlove and wife Sue, of Orinda, Calif., their children, Emily Breedlove and Roy Moore, of Austin, Carolyn Hawley and husband Steven and their children, Andrew, Emma and Owen, of San Diego, Calif., and Katherine Breedlove and husband Josh Lanthier-Welch, of Honolulu, Hawaii; son, Mike Breedlove and wife Kay, of Tyler, and their son, David Breedlove Jr. and wife Kelly and children, Kent, Isabella and Paul, of Fort Worth, and daughter, Leslie Daly and husband Matt and children, Carter and Kate of Fort Worth; son, Steve Breedlove and wife Sally, of Chapel Hill, N.C., with their sons and daughters, Kent and Melissa Breedlove and children, Joseph, Maggie and Jesse, of Calgary, Canada, Ellen and Tony Hopkins and daughter, Amelia, of Raleigh, N.C., Steven Breedlove and wife Courtney and their children, Steve, Sam and Claire Elizabeth, of Birmingham, Ala., Millie Dasher and husband James and children, Elijah and Thaddeus, of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Thomas Breedlove and wife Kate, of Durham, N.C.; daughter, Jan Smith and husband Jackson, of Atlanta, Ga., and Amelia Island, Fla., with her daughters, Sallie Compton and children, Trip, Kent, Harlin and Drew, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Amy Frontier and husband Jeffrey, of Jacksonville, Fla., Jenny Savage Sledge and husband Damon and children, Jannah and Sheppard, of Reno, Nev., and Allison Harkey and husband Taylor and their children, Sophie and Ella, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; and brother-in-law, Bob Kent, of Emerald Bay.
In the spirit of Bob's generous nature and commitment to Jesus Christ, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, you consider a donation to The Educational Radio Foundation, Pine Cove Christian Conference Center, Lighthouse for Christ, P.O. Box 8525, Tyler, 75711; Young Life, Dallas Theological Seminary; or the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Stewart Family Funeral Home
7525 Old Jacksonville Highway Tyler, TX 75703
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 1, 2014