Brelands receive Exchange's top honor
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Billie and Jimmy Breland (seated), and (standing from left) Bill Kirkpatrick, Phyllis Bunn, Tommy Williamson and Milton Burd.
Billie and Jimmy Breland (seated), and (standing from left) Bill Kirkpatrick, Phyllis Bunn, Tommy Williamson and Milton Burd.
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The Exchange Club of Cleveland honored Rev. Jimmy Breland and his wife, Billie Breland as the recipients of the Book of Golden Deeds award.

The award, Exchange's highest honor, is a service-oriented honor presented to someone of the community — an unsung hero.

Exchangite Phyllis Bunn nominated the Brelands for this award.

She told the Exchange Club and guests, "I am sure not a day goes by that the two of them are not doing something for people in the community" and then she gave examples which included taking a lady 25 times to Jackson and Greenwood to cancer appointments and treatments; buying lunch and snack foods for the Christian's Women's Job Corp; taking people shopping who can no longer drive; helping an elderly woman in Cleveland get a new roof on her house; and yard maintenance for the Baptist Student Union Building here in Cleveland.

The Brelands are very active in the First Baptist Church where Rev. Jimmy is a leader in the 6-Up Group, the organization for senior adults.

Although this couple is in their 80s, they continue to visit and help many in the community who need religious, financial, moral and work support.

Special guests, who spoke on behalf of the Brelands, were Bill Kirkpatrick, director of the Baptist Student Union; Tommy Williamson, director of the Baptist Association; and Milton Burd, pastor for the seniors of First Baptist Church.

Exchangite Peggy Davis read a letter from Nancy and Hal Gerrard, who have been neighbors of the Brelands for over 50 years.

After the presentation of the award, Rev. Breland said that they thought they were coming to see someone else being honored and not themselves so it was a complete surprise.

He said they help people out of their love for Jesus who said. "Love thy neighbor as thyself." The Brelands are definitely "unsung heroes."