Posted: Wed 6:52 AM, Nov 28, 2012
Funeral Home: Memorial Funeral Chapel
March 9, 1937 – November 26, 2012
Norvell Graham Breedlove passed away Monday, November 26, 2012 in College Station. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 29, 2012 at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. Funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2012 at Wellborn Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Wellborn Cemetery.
Norvell was born in Hollis Oklahoma on March 9, 1937 to Frank and Annie Breedlove. He was one of eight children. The family moved to Silverton in the Texas Panhandle in 1953 where he met his beloved wife Betty Fitzgerald whom later became his wife. They both graduated from Silverton High School in 1955 and married in 1957. They recently celebrated their 55th year wedding anniversary on a Caribbean Cruise.
Norvell graduated Clarendon College and then worked as the County Office Manager of the Agricultural, Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) of the US Department of Agriculture. Norvell spent most of his professional life in the Texas Panhandle. He started out at the Midland County office in 1961 and was transferred to the Swisher County Office in Tulia one year later where he worked for 22 years.
Norvell and Betty have three sons: Chris, Craig and Curtis. Norvell enjoyed coaching his son's little league games where they won their division almost every year.
Norvell was a very influential person in the community. In Tulia, He was President of the Chamber of Commerce and School Board. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Credit Union in Plainview. He won numerous awards while working for the ASCS, including the National Award in 1980. He was instrumental in developing the Aerial Observation Program to measure crop acreage and designed the new ASCS office building. He trained many young men to be County Office Managers.
In 1984 the family moved to College Station, where he was promoted to Department Head of Production Adjustment in the State Office of ASCS. In 1995, Novell went to Hawaii to train employees in Aerial Observation Measurement. He retired in 1996, and went to work for his son, Craig Breedlove in the family appraisal service.
Norvell was very active in sports, especially baseball. He was on the High School and College baseball teams and played in the minor leagues. He knocked the first home run in the new ball park in Silverton. They also enjoyed boating and in 1975 the family bought a boat nicknamed "Ol' Yellow." They spent many hours at the lake with their sons and friends throughout the years.
In 1994, Norvell and Betty built their retirement home on a 3 acre plot in the Wellborn area. His last 18 years was spent working his plot of land and gardening. One of his biggest pleasures was seeing his children and grandchildren. Each one had a special place in his heart.
Norvell was an active member of the Wellborn Baptist Church, where he had previously served as Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Annie; his brothers Fate and Frank Breedlove; sisters Wilma Lee Fox and Gertrude Elliot and grandchild Sydney Breedlove.
Survivors include his wife Betty, his 3 sons Chris and wife Laura of Harlingen, Texas; Craig and wife Melissa and Curtis and wife Deborah all of College Station. His surviving grandchildren include Justin, Tyson, Weston, Lindsay, Collin and Kalan Breedlove, Jay Osment and Carmen Burns. His surviving siblings include his sister Edwinia Smith of San Angelo, his two brothers Guy Breedlove of Quitman and Van Breedlove of Silverton; several nieces and nephews and many many friends.