Elvin Elwood Breeding Sr., 86, of Springfield, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at the Springfield Nursing & Rehab Center.A native of Washington County, he was born on June 10, 1927, to the late Cecil Herbert and Ida Mae Cheatham Breeding. In his youth, hecalled Battle, Kentucky home and often spoke of his memories of living there.He was a member of Springfield Baptist Church, a proud dairy and tobacco farmer with a great appreciation for his work on the Grundy Farm at Valley Hill, having been the farm manager for Hugh Lee Grundy. After retiring from the dairy and tobacco business, he worked as a carpenter and served as a bus driver and custodian for the Washington County School System. His last career was with St. Catharine College.He loved his hometown of Springfield, saw work as an enjoyable hobby and took great pride in his garden, home, yard and extended family. He was a faithful and loving husband. He was gracious and generous to a fault and was loved by everyone he met.He was preceded in death by three sisters, Effie Simpson, Lorene Tingle and Beulah Coulter and two brothers, Cecil Breeding and Homer Breeding.Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Keeling Breeding; three sons, Jackie Breeding and his wife, Eva, of Bardstown, Elvin Breeding, of Bardstown, and Michael Breeding, of Lexington; a daughter, Pam Miller, and her husband, Don, of Bardstown; nine grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Waunita McMichael, of Willisburg, and a brother, Eugene Breeding, and his wife, Ruby, of Springfield.The funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Springfield Baptist Church with the Rev. Justin Compton, the church pastor, officiating. Burial was on Cemetery Hill in Springfield.Pallbearers were Kris Bickett, John Michael Smith, Jonathon Smith, Jackie Breeding, Joe Hamilton and Bob Jewell, Jr.Honorary pallbearers were Jessica Smith, Jenna Smith, Whitney Mattingly, Jennifer Maddox, Allison Dones and Rachel Smith.Carey & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.