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Mr. Doyle Gene Breedlove

June 24, 1941 ~ January 27, 2017 (age 75)
Beloved child of the Lord God Himself, by adoption. John 1:12; Ephesians 1:5; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5.

Husband of Shelby Jean (Bolton) Breedlove, of Russellville, Arkansas. Father of two sons, Charles ("Cary") and Scott, and grandfather ("Popple") of eight: Cary and Tammy Breedlove of Madison, Mississippi have sons Blake (23) and Aubrey (20); Scott and Julie Breedlove of Dallas, Texas have daughters Savannah (18), Shiloh (15), and Sarah (13), and sons Jace (16), Jonas (11), and Joshua (8).

Doyle was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Lydia (Greener), brother Roy, and sister Ruby Shrader. He is survived by his sister Geneva Camp and brothers Ray and Jerry.

Doyle grew up in rural southeast Missouri and at one time was the third fastest cotton picker in the small town of Gideon, Missouri. (There are always one or two guys just a little faster, right?) He was in for a rude awakening when at age 15 he moved with his family to the big citya€"St. Louis.

Doyle was the first in his family to graduate from college, starting at Bible college and finishing his psychology degree at Little Rock University in 1965, and in 1976 his MBA from Webster University in St. Louis. But he accomplished this only by our Lord's direct intervention using, among other tools, classical music he discovered in the form of Brahms Requiem, which comforted him when he didn't know he needed comforting and allowed him to concentrate and study for the first time in his life, at age 19. He always said he didn't graduate "cum laude," but "Lordy how come."

The Lord used older brother Ray to allow Doyle to get a job with Missouri Pacific Railroad working as a brakeman and switchman. And in a case of being providentially set in the right place at the right time, Doyle got involved in computer programming for the railroad, in the earliest days of computers - punchcards, mainframes, and terminals!

Besides using computers to help trains move their cars efficiently, legally, and safely, Doyle loved to sing in the choir at the various churches over the years where Shelby was choir director and organist. He also loved to coach his boys in baseball and encourage them in golf (he was wholly unqualified to coach them in golf, believe me). Encouragement was one of his gifts - just ask his wife, who achieved at levels she never would have expected in music and even computer programming because of Doyle's belief in her.

In retirement, Doyle focused on being a provider through financial investments and savings and through investments in the family farm. He also focused on his Covenant Presbyterian PCA church family and told many stories about his kids and grandkids, some of which were true.

In 2015, Doyle and Shelby celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a big shindig. And they both felt very blessed that so many loved ones could come and celebrate with them. What a 52-year marriage! And what a life!

Memorial service will be held at 2:00PM, Monday, January 30, 2017 at the Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Russellville. Burial will be held before the memorial service at 11AM, Monday, January 30, 2017 at Minnow Creek Cemetery in Lamar. Visitation will be from 4-6PM, on Sunday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA), 2810 S Knoxville Ave, Russellville, AR 72802. Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com. Arrangements are by Humphrey Funeral Service.

Cemetery Details

Minnow Creek Cemetery
Intersection of HWY 194 / HWY 292
Lamar, AR, 72846

Burial

JAN 30. 11:00 AM

Minnow Creek Cemetery

Intersection of HWY 194 / HWY 292

Lamar, AR, US, 72846

Memorial Service

JAN 30. 2:00 PM

Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA)

Russellville, AR, US, 72802

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