Funeral services were held Saturday in
Poplarville for former longtime Pearl River County tax
assessor/collector Hal B. Breland.
Breland died Thursday at Pearl River County Hospital. He was 85.
Services were held at White Funeral Home of Poplarville with
burial in Poplarville City Cemetery.
A native of Poplarville, Breland attended high school in
Poplarville and after graduation spent a half year at the
University of Mississippi before enlisting in the military service,
serving as a medic in Europe with the 303rd Medical Battalion, 7th
Breland was elected tax assessor in 1955, succeeding his father.
Breland served 28 years. It was during that time that the
assessor's and tax collector's offices were merged.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Ann Smith Breland; a son; two
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.