William “Bill”’ Breedlove
Published 8:51 am Tuesday, August 18, 2015
William “Bill” Breedlove, 64, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2015, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital. He was a native of Lebanon, Tenn., and son of the late Grover C. and Lena Williams Breedlove.
How do you wrap up sixty-four years of living, place it in a small package, tie it with a bow then tuck it away? Bill Breedlove had big plans for retirement. He was going to travel the world with his wife of thirty-six years and see all the things he didn’t get to see when he was working but life had different plans. Bill was a planner, a worker, and a good man. The measure of a good man is hard to define but to his family, a good man was someone who made you feel safe even when the winds of life were buffeting the doors. You always knew that Bill would fix whatever was wrong. He was a man with fierce and passionate opinions. His family and friends would say he would talk to a fence post and that was one of the things we loved most about him. Bill will be sorely missed by his family but we’ll carry on in the face of adversity because that’s what he would have done. That’s the measure of a man and on August 14, at 2 p.m., the world lost a fine measure of a man.
Bill served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He retired from Bosch Braking Systems.
Those left to cherish Bill’s memory include his wife, Sheila Street Breedlove; daughter, Julie Griffin and her husband Kevin; son, Joseph Breedlove and his wife Stephanie; and grandchildren, Delaney Griffin, Jackson and Jenna Breedlove.
The family will greet friends to share memories from 6 p.m. until a memorial service to honor Bill’s life at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 18, in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral & Cremations Services, Johnson City. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, is honored to serve the Breedlove family.