He born in Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct. 10, 1940, to the late Earl Lou Breedlove, his mother, along with “Babysister,” Devora Lue (Breedlove) Grays who rests in peace. Appropriately, funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at I. M. Terrell Academy for STEM and Visual & Performing Arts, 1900 I.M. Terrell Way.
Mr. Breedlove attended G. W. Carver Elementary and graduated in 1959 from Fort Worth’s historic first black high school, I.M. Terrell, where he was a star athlete in football and track. In 1969, Mr. Breedlove decided to open his own business and became the co-founder and owner with partner J. D. Richmond of The Craftsmen.
He worked as a landscape laborer for Outdoor Living, a stone company in Fort Worth. He later moved into the role of a supervisor and then yard foremen. He was awarded the Dallas Black Chamber Quest for Success Award.
Mr. Breedlove carved out a niche in a business sector that was not always welcoming for minority-owned companies. Early in his Christian journey, he served as a leader of the Sunday School and Baptist Training Union for the late Rev. Roy W. Bivens of Sweet Home Baptist Church. He also was a longstanding member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church and St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church.
One of the highlights of his construction career was when his company received a major contract from Fort Worth ISD for renovation and construction of the new 900-seat performance hall at I.M. Terrell as the school prepared to reopen offering elite academics to students interested in Visual and Performing Arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). In 1991, he moved into the role of project engineer for Con-Real Inc., a larger minority-owned construction company where he led large projects such as Frito-Lay and FedEx. A few years later, he transitioned into the position of Senior Vice-President of Construction & Safety, and partner. Joe worked for Con-Real Inc. for more than years and retired in December 2020.
The family said his favorite pastime was spending time with family and friends and traveling. He enjoyed watching all sports that his boys participated in, but his most favorite activity was attending annual track and field meets such as “The Texas Relays.” He served on the Board of Directors for AIDS Outreach Center and was a longstanding member of the Fort Worth Rotary Club, Downtown Fort Worth YMCA, and I. M. Terrell Academy for STEM and Visual Arts. Mr. Breedlove attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he studied landscape architecture.
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