Reverend Carl Eugene Breazeale, 90, of Fountain Inn, beloved husband of Mary “Frances” O’Neal Breazeale, peacefully passed away at home with his family by his side on April 29, 2021.
Born in Pickens, SC, he was a son of the late William Guy Breazeale, Sr., and Hattie Mae McAllister Breazeale. He was a retired Ordained Church of God Minister and an Ordained Baptist Minister. At the time of his passing, he was a member of Praise Cathedral.
Carl was a United States Army Veteran. He was a US Army Quartermaster and served in Bamberg, Germany during the Korean War. After returning from service, he married his loving wife, started a family, and continued in logistics while attending Holmes Bible College. His calling then led him as senior pastor through fifty years of impactful ministry. Reverend Breazeale pastored George’s Creek Church of God, Simpsonville Church of God, West Main Street Church of God, Williamston Church of God, and Wayside Baptist Church. He organized, built, and dedicated three additional churches while serving as a District Overseer and as Chairman of the Ordination Committee with the South Carolina Church of God. Sharing the Word of God was his commissioned life’s purpose, and his faith was justly profound.
Reverend Breazeale loved people and was authentically interested in them. He had a personality as grand as his stature, and he never met a stranger. He was an exceptional father, a visionary pastor, devoted patriot, and a fair-minded mentor and friend. His wife often declared “to know him, is to love him”.
Reverend Breazeale is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Mary “Frances” O’Neal Breazeale; three children, Cathy Eugenia Breazeale Grant and her husband, Stephen, of Simpsonville, SC, Carl Michael Breazeale of Daytona Beach, FL, and Angela Frances Breazeale of Greenville, SC; and one sister, Guynell Smith.
He will be missed immensely by his family whose adoration and respect for him is immeasurable, and they will forever cherish the limitless love, joy, laughter, and cheerful songs that he shared with them so unconditionally.
One of twelve siblings, Carl was preceded in death by six brothers, Authur Breazeale, Dewey Breazeale, Raymond Breazeale, W.G. Breazeale, Roy Breazeale and Walter Breazeale; and four sisters, Ola Faye Johnson, Ollie Bell Breazeale, Wendell Nix, and Dorothy Garrison.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Southeast. Masks are required in all Thomas McAfee Funeral Home locations and attendees are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, a graveside service will be held Thursday, May 6th at 1:30 p.m. in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Pickens, SC.
Memorials may be made in his honor to Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation, c/o Community Foundation, 630 East Washington Street, Suite A, Greenville, SC 29601.