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Judge Edwin D. Breland of Decatur passed away

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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Judge Edwin D. Breland Sr. passed away at his home in Decatur on July 31, 2014, according to Roselawn Funeral Home and Cemetery. 

Breland was born March 23, 1927, in Perry County, Alabama.

He graduated from Perry County High School in Marion, Alabama. He was a member of the varsity basketball team and the National Honor Society. Immediately after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During World War II and served aboard the USS Argonne in the Pacific. The USS Argonne also took part in the occupation of Tokyo following hostilities.

After his honorable discharge, he entered the University of Alabama where he received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. He then entered the University of Alabama School of Law earning a Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1952. While at the University of Alabama, he was a member of Theta Xi Fraternity.

After graduation from law school, Judge Breland moved to Decatur to begin his law practice. In 1961, he was appointed a Federal Judge of the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He served as a judge and retired in 1994.

Judge Breland was also active in the community. He was a member of Jaycees and was the oldest living member of the Decatur Civitan. He served as a Trustee and Chairman of Deacons at Central Baptist Church of Decatur. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Decatur at the time of his passing.

Judge Breland was also active in his high school alumni association where he was honored with Alumnus of the Year and was also inducted into the Perry County Hall of Fame.

Judge Breland is survived by his wife of 64 years, Hazel Dykes Breland; two sons, Judge David J. Breland (Drama), Decatur, Edwin D. Breland Jr. (Virginia), Athens; and four grandchildren, Will Breland, Jordan Phillips, Mary Katherine Breland and Julia Phillips. He is also survived by his brother Earl Breland of Marion, Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn Lee Breland of Decatur; his parents George and Velma Breland; and five brothers and five sisters, Moland, Woodfin, Lou Alma, Grady, Loftin, Austen, Cora B, Myrtle, Opal and Maudine.

Funeral services and visitation will take place on Sunday, August 3, 2014, in the First Baptist Church of Decatur Sanctuary, starting at 1 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. with funeral service to follow. Interment will be held at Roselawn Cemetery in Decatur.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church of Decatur or The Civitan Foundation.

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