Services held for former Pearl River Co. tax assessor Hal Breland

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.