Earle L. and Mamie Fitzgerald Breeden joined Orange Presbyterian Church in 1981. Their son, Paul, joined with them. The Breedens also had two daughters, Pamela and Patricia.
Earle was born in Orange County and Mamie was born in Nelson County. They met while both families were living in Manassas, VA. Earle Breeden served in WWII as a member of the US Army Air Force, and he and Mamie married after his discharge.
Christian Emergency Council Clothes Closet
Earle became a Deacon of OPC, Class of 1984. Shortly after, a Christian Emergency Council Clothes Closet for the community was established. Orange Presbyterian Church provided the space and the electricity for the Clothes Closet.
Florence Hill Owen and Earle Breeden were in charge of the Clothes Closet. Earle was the Deacon representative, and the Closet's “man Friday.” He fixed racks and lights, and carted unusable clothing to the Salvation Army.
Love Outreach Food Pantry
Both Earle and Mamie were very involved with the Pentecostal Church Food Bank (known as Love Outreach Food Pantry). They were the workers quietly getting things done in the background.
The couple always watched for those in need and less fortunate than themselves. helping however they could. Earle delivered food to the sick and helped with rides to doctor appointments. In his role as Deacon, Earle would reach out to OPC when the Food Bank needed help or funds. He kept our congregation informed.
Feeding the hungry
Earle was also in charge of the Welfare Department’s distribution of milk, butter, and cheese to the community. The food was distributed on Saturday mornings, several times a year. It took place on the portico outside the Fellowship Hall. An active Deacon and two Welfare Department representatives helped Earle with this.
Earle was active in the Men of the Church, serving as Treasurer for several years. Mamie was active in the Women of the Church, also serving as Treasurer for a while. She was also an Elder of the Church. The Children’s Home of the Highlands in Wytheville, VA, one of OPC’s missions, was very important to Mamie. They were a “mission-oriented” couple and they were “there to help.”
The next generation
Mamie Breeden passed away in December 2003. She is buried in Cannon Branch Cemetery in Manassas, VA. Earle L. Breeden passed away in December of 2009. He is buried in the Culpeper National Cemetery in Culpeper, VA.
One daughter, Pamela, and her husband Jim Golas, live in Orange County and are participants of OPC. They bring Charles and Shirley, members of their household, with them for church service and gatherings.
Another daughter, Patricia, lives in Edinburg, VA. Their son, Paul, and his wife, Chihiro have two children, Darron and Emily. Darron and Emily would join Mamie for church services and Darron became a member of OPC.
Thank you Earle and Mamie for your valuable contributions to the life of our church.
- Jennie Hill Robinson
OPC History Team