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Parade to honor Ella Speed’s 102nd birthday Saturday

The Speed Family would like to announce the birthday of their Mother, Ella Breedlove Speed, on Saturday, Sept. 24. 

Mrs. Speed was born 102 years ago in Apalachicola to James and Ella Breedlove. Her parents raised six children at 183 12th Street. They were Gladys Breedlove Beamon, Aldonia Breedlove Dawson, Ella Breedlove Speed, Ersie Breedlove Millender, Dorothy Breedlove Hill, and one son James (Jimmy) Breedlove. One sibling, John Breedlove, died during childbirth. 

Mrs. Speed was married to the late Willie Burghart Speed for 68 years. They had four children: Willie (Bill) Speed, Allyson Speed, Oryan Speed, and Gayle Speed Ringo. Two of her children, Bill Speed and Gayle Speed Ringo, along with her husband, are now deceased. 

Well-wishers who desire may drive by her home at 183 13th Street on Saturday, Sept. 24 at noon. The family will have a small parade going down 13th Street as Mother Speed sits on her porch. Participants are requested to line up on 13th Street and Avenue K to avoid the traffic going down 12th Street.

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