Samuel Hand Breitling Jr.

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 19, 2007

GALLION &8212; Samuel Hand Breitling Jr., 61, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007 at his home after an extended illness. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at The First United Methodist Church of Demopolis with Dr. Art Luckie officiating. Breitling will lie in state one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery with Kidd-Robbins Funeral Directors directing services.

The family will receive friends at Kidd-Robbins Funeral Chapel from 6 until 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007.

Breitling was a native and resident of Demopolis, a member of Phi Kappa Fraternity, Plantar&8217;s Society, Alumni of the University of West Alabama, Emmaus Community, active member of the Historical Re-enactors, Alabama as well as the Cleburne Division of Re-enactors and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Demopolis. Breitling was also the owner of Breitling Machine Shop and Parts in Demopolis for many years.

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Breitling was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Hand Breitling Sr. and Ava Nell Mitchell Breitling and his son, Samuel Hand Breitling III; his great-paternal grandparents, James Ruffin Breitling and Mary Leona Breitling and great-maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Mitchell.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Maree Tucker Breitling, of Gallion; one son, James Ruffin Bragg Breitling, and his wife, Jessica Ann, of Demopolis; three grandchildren and two cousins.

Pallbearers were Robert Beams, Buddy Perry, Raymond Low, Billy Duke, Stan Brasfield, Jimmy Chapman, Ricky Hart, John Northcutt, Jeff Caples and William Rankin.

Honorary pallbearers were Seldens Alabama and Texas Battery&8217;s, Ketchum&8217;s Battery, Thomas Bell, Terry Yelverton, DCH Cancer Center, Dr. Malone, Dr. Paul Ketchum, Carol Spruill, Alabama and Cleburne Division of Re-enactors, Comfort Care Hospice nurses, Melissa, Nadine, Cindy and Mattie.

The family of Breitling will accept flowers or donations to the First United Methodist Church, 200 West Decatur Street, Demopolis, AL, 36732.