Tommy Breeding, long time Funeral Director and Embalmer, of Ravenna, formerly of Campbellsville, died Wednesday, July 26th in Richmond after a brief illness at the age of 78.
Tommy was born, November 17, 1938, the oldest son of the late Samuel Thomas and Margaret Sue Massie Breeding in Taylor County, Kentucky. He graduated from Adair County High School and after working various jobs, went to work for his future father-in-law, Marshall Lyon at Lyon Funeral Home in Campbellsville. On June 17, 1961 he married Elizabeth "Libby" Lyon, the daughter of Marshall and Myrtle Lyon. He joined the National Guard where he served from 1962-1965 and then attended Kentucky School of Mortuary Science and after graduating in 1967, served his apprenticeship under the direction of Embry-Bosse Funeral Home in Louisville. In 1972, Tommy and Libby purchased Lyon Funeral Home from her parents where they served the Taylor County community until 1986 when they retired and sold the business to Larry DeWitt. After his retirement, they spent a lot of their time in South Florida until he took a job as a car salesman at Newcomb-Buick GMC, in Campbellsville. In 1988, he chose to return to the funeral business as manager of Lewis Funeral Home in Irvine where he worked until he retired again in 2003, and he and Libby remained in Estill County until his death. Tommy became an avid hunter, fisherman and a Trap Shooter where he won First Place in many tournaments. He was an active Mason, Shriner, and a member of the River Drive Christian Church in Irvine.
Tommy is survived by his wife of 56 years, Libby Lyon Breeding and their son, T. Breeding of Lexington and daughter, LuAnn Breeding of Winchester. Also surviving are his brother and sister, Joe Irving Breeding and his wife Becky of Montgomery, AL and Betty Lou Benningfield and her husband Richard of Glasgow, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Memorial Service for Tommy Breeding will be held on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 12:00 noon at Lyon-DeWitt-Berry Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Columbia City Cemetery.
The family request visitation from 10:00 until 12:00 on August 2, 2017 at Lyon-Dewitt Berry Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to be donations to the Jimmy V. Foundation or the Taylor County SPCA and can be made at Lyon-DeWitt-Berry Funeral Home.