Michael was born in Norton, Virginia in 1958 and moved to Kingsport, TN the summer of 1972. He graduated from Dobyns- Bennett High School in 1976, where he was a standout varsity athlete in football, basketball and track. While a DB Indian he was honored to have been coached by the legendary Buck Van Huss. He attended college at MTSU and returned home to marry the love of his life, Dudley Carter. He considered his marriage and his children his most important accomplishments. Michael spent his free time coaching city league sports teams. After his children were grown he continued to coach and touch many lives. He considered all those he coached his own. His coaching days were cut short when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. He spent his last decade fighting and determined to survive because he loved his life and those in it. His family is grateful for the love and support from the Oncology Department at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
In his homecoming he will be reunited with his four grandparents, several cherished aunts and uncles and his cousin, Keaton Patterson.
Michael is survived by his wife, Dudley Carter Breeding; daughter, Mackenzie Breeding Thorpe and husband, Alex; sons, Landon Carter Breeding and Wyatt Patterson Breeding; granddaughters, Lyric G. Snyder and Lyla Jean Breeding; grandson, Hudson Michael Thorpe; parents, Martha and Buzzy Breeding; sister, Kelli Breeding; brothers, Mark Breeding and wife, Kelley, and Patrick Breeding and wife, Bonny; nieces, Casey Carringer, Alex Breeding, Keaton Breeding, Molli Hopkins and Anna Cate Breeding; nephews, Cameron Carter, Carson Carter, Aidan Carter, Grant Carringer, Spencer Breeding, Austin Breeding and Noah Breeding; and his best friend, dog, Apollo.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday at 3:00 pm at Oak Hill Memorial Park.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 6:00 pm at First Christian Church, 200 E. Mountcastle Dr., Johnson City, TN. The family will receive friends at the church following the memorial service.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Hudson, Harvey Willis, Mike “QP” Christiansen and Kevin Carter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, 2008 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37203.