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Thomas Breazeale (1920 - 2012)

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Thomas C. Breazeale

Clemson

Thomas Clarence "Buck" Breazeale, Jr. died on December 29, 2012 at the Clemson Downs, Clemson, South Carolina. Born May 5, 1920 in Belton, South Carolina, he was the son of Thomas C. and Mary Copeland Breazeale. His wife, Anne Townsend Breazeale, predeceased him in 2003. Surviving are a daughter, Anne Breazeale Hadden and husband, S. Morris Hadden, Esq. of Kingsport, Tennessee, one grandson, Robert Morris Hadden, Esq. and wife, Shelley Hassell Hadden, and three great grandchildren, Emma Elizabeth, Thomas Grant, and Evelyn Anne Hadden, all of Charleston, South Carolina. Also surviving is his sister, Sarah Breazeale Allmendinger, and husband, Paul, of Evans, Georgia, and three nephews. Sincere appreciation is expressed to his loyal and loving caregiver, Mrs. Eness Little of Clemson.

Buck, an Eagle Scout, graduated as Class President from Clemson University in 1942 with a Dairying degree. He served as a Captain for three and one-half years in the United States Army. He was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star for valor in combat, three Bronze Service Stars, three battle stars, and the Purple Heart. He was seriously wounded in Mindanao, Philippines and was hospitalized for approximately one year.

After Army discharge, he obtained a Master's Degree in Dairying from Iowa State. Thereafter, he taught Dairying and Marketing at Clemson University. While at Clemson, he and a professor were instrumental in the development of Clemson's famous Blue Cheese in 1940.

After working as Sales Manager for Sealtest Dairies, he owned a State Farm Agency in Knoxville, Tennessee for 47 years before retiring in 2005. While an agent, he was three times recognized as one of the Top Ten State Farm Agents in the United States.

Buck was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, TN. He was an ardent supporter of Clemson through athletics, fundraising and education, including the establishment of an endowed professorship in investments and marketing. He previously served as the National President of the Clemson University Alumni Association, and in 1974, he was honored by Clemson with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Military rites will be held at 10:30 a.m. on January 5, 2013 at Mt. Pleasant, (SC) Memorial Gardens, followed by a memorial service at Christ Church Chapel, 2304 Highway 17 North, at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Steve Wise of Spartanburg officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Thomas C. and Anne Townsend Breazeale Endowed Professor of Investments and Marketing, Clemson University Foundation, P.O. Box 1889, Clemson, SC 29633 or a .

Published in The Greenville News from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2013
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