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BREED, JR. , Ernest M, was called home by his LORD and Savior on March 16, 2014, and in glory he is reunited with his beloved wife of 55 years, Charlotte Naylor Breed. Ernie was one of two sons of Ernest Mark and Marie (Swift) Breed of Warren, Pennsylvania. His brother John Grange Breed died in infancy. He served in both the United States Army and Air Force in World War II, and received his B.A. in 1949 from Allegheny College (Pennsylvania), where he was a two-sport letterman (baseball and football). Returning home to Deland to his recently widowed Mother, he graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1952, where he met and married Nancy Charlotte Naylor. His law career commenced with Jennings, Watts, Clarke and Hamilton in Jacksonville, Florida and in 1957, he moved to Sebring to begin his own private practice. He was a member of the Florida Bar, and was the owner/operator of Lakeview Mobile Court. He is survived by his 4 children and their families E. Mark Breed, III, and spouse Brook of Sebring, Florida; Charlotte Heston of Sebring, Florida; J.N. "Jack" Breed, and spouse Kristi of Bartow, Florida; and David S. Breed, and spouse Paula of Panama City, Florida. He has 9 grandchildren: David Breed (spouse Mallory), Allison Breed, Andrew Breed, Sarah Heston, Katherine Heston, William Heston, Robert Heston, Jacob Breed (spouse Brandi), and Luke Breed. He has two great-grandchildren, Case Breed and Olivia Henry. Ernie served three Sebring churches as a Ruling Elder, Sunday School Teacher, and Youth Leader, and was an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. As a civic leader, he served on the Board of the Sebring Airport Authority, the Sebring Area Chamber of Commerce as President, and was a faithful Rotarian for over 5 decades, serving at every level including the leadership team of the annual Rotary Spaghetti Dinner. In addition to being a Past President of Rotary, he was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Sebring. Ernie made a dramatic impact in the education programs in our community, as a sponsor and supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, Heartland Christian School, and Geneva Classical Academy. Further, he was a founder and Board Member of Scholarship Recognition, Inc. He was honored for his community service, receiving the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America, and the Exemplum Award from Geneva Classical Academy. Ernie was an avid golfer, world traveler, passionate Gator fan, lifetime Pittsburgh Pirates fan, deer hunter, bridge club shark, and a famed swamp cabbage cook! First and last, Ernie was a strong Christian, Husband, Father, and Friend. As his strength failed, his children were ready for his passing, but not his loss. May we all find comfort in our good memories of the Big E! The family will receive visitors at 3:00pm on Sunday, March 23 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, with funeral services in the sanctuary at 4:00pm. Interment will be a private family service at Pinecrest Cemetery in Sebring. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Campus Outreach, Project #2385, P.O. Box 43737, Birmingham, AL 35243. You may also donate online at Condolences may be expressed at Arrangements by,

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 19, 2014