Edward L. Breeden Jr., 85, a former Democratic majority leader in the Virginia Senate who played an important role in such issues as adopting a new state constitution and ending "massive resistance" to school desegregation orders, died of a stroke June 1 at Santara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk.
Mr. Breeden, an attorney and lifelong resident of Norfolk, was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1935. He was elected to the state Senate in 1942 and was the Democratic majority leader when he retired in 1971.
A self-described progressive in politics, Mr. Breeden came to statewide prominence in the years after the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which ordered an end to segregated public education in the United States.
Under the guidance of the political organization of the late U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd, Virginia responded to that ruling with a legislative package designed to give "massive resistance" to federal court orders to desegrate its school sytems. Prince Edward County in Southside Virginia closed its public schools and replaced them with segregated private academies rather than integrate.
Support for "massive resistance" became a gauge of orthodoxy in state politics. Despite this, Mr. Breeden campaigned for reelection in 1959 on a platform that called for repeal of the program.
"My record on this issue of public free schools is clear -- on the side of providing free education to the youth," he declared. "There must be free mass education or an end to the American way of life."
With Gov. Lindsay Almond, he became a leader in striking "massive resistance" from the statute books. Other issues in which he played an important leadership role were the adoption of a new state constitution in 1969 and the imposition of the first state sales tax to raise money for education programs. He also supported an important measure consolidating the ports of the Hampton Roads area.
Mr. Breeden was a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and the George Washington University law school. He was a partner in the law firm of Breeden, McMillan & Green at the time of his death.
His first wife, Billye Holland Breeden, died in 1964.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Hurt Breeden of Norfolk; a son by his first marriage, Edward L. Breeden III of Norfolk; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
COLONEL G. JERVIS
Capitol Police Lieutenant
Colonel G. Jervis, 55, a lieutenant with the Capitol Police who was a liaison officer to D.C. Superior Court, died of a cerebral hemorrhage June 3 at Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax.
Lt. Jervis, who lived in Centreville, Va., was a native of Union, W.Va. He served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1958.
He then joined the Metropolitan Police Department. He was assigned to the traffic division when he left to join the Capitol Police in 1967. He helped in the modernization of the department's training division, the inspection services section and the communication system before becoming Superior Court court liaison in 1980.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Betty Jervis, and two children, Kimberlee Bacon and Catherine Garcia, all of Centreville; a brother, Carnie Jervis of Walterboro, S.C.; and five grandchildren.
BRUCE W. McNAMEE
Bruce W. McNamee, 79, an agent with the Metropolitan Life insurance company in Arlington for 30 years before retiring in 1980, died of congestive heart failure June 3 at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital. He lived in Arlington.
Mr. McNamee, a native of Harrisonburg, Va., came here in 1939. He was a taxi driver in Washington and owned an Arlington gas station before entering the insurance business.
He was a past master of Cherrydale Masonic Lodge No. 42 in Arlington.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, of Arlington; two sons, Wallace, of Arlington, and Graham, of Fairfax; two daughters, Doris Tapp of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and Susan Theibault of Burke; a brother, Gilbert, of San Francisco; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
HELENA C. McENTEE
Helena C. McEntee, 74, a secretary at the Immigration and Naturalization Service for 30 years until she retired in 1980, died of cancer June 2 at her home in Ocala, Fla.
Mrs. McEntee, who moved to Florida in 1986, was born in Annapolis. She grew up in Washington and graduated from Eastern High School. She became a secretary at the Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1950.
Her husband, Francis P. McEntee, died in 1956. Survivors include her companion, Marvin Mattison of Ocala; two children, William McEntee of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Joan Bell of Arlington; a sister, Joanne Gilmer of Savannah, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
WOODSON P. HOUGHTON
Woodson P. Houghton, 97, a Washington lawyer for over 70 years and a past president of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association and the Metropolitan Club, died of a heart ailment June 4 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Houghton was a lifelong resident of Washington. He graduated from the old McKinely Training School, Washington & Lee University and the Georgetown University law school.
During World War I, he served as an Army lieutenant in the office of the Judge Advocate General. In 1923, he joined the law firm of Ellis, Houghton & Ellis. He was a partner when the firm was dissolved in 1968. Since then, Mr. Houghton had operated a private practice in Washington.
Mr. Houghton had been a treasurer of the 1925 F Street Club and a member of the Chevy Chase Club.
His wife, Geta Houghton, died in 1985.
There are no immediate survivors.
Ronald Johnson, 45, a Washington native and a former employee of the Coastline Cab Co. here, died May 25 at a hospital in Los Angeles from injuries he received earlier that day in an accident in Redondo Beach, Calif.
A spokesman for the Redondo Beach police said that Mr. Johnson had stepped onto the street from his van when it was sideswiped by a car that then struck him. A 32-year-old Redondo Beach woman has been charged in connection with the accident.
Mr. Johnson, who had lived in Carson, Calif., was born in Washington. He moved to Ohio when he was 14. He served in the Marine Corps in the mid-1960s, including a tour in Vietnam. He returned here in the late 1960s and worked for Coastline Cab, a family business, until the early 1970s, when he moved to California. At the time of his death, he was a messenger for a freight delivery business and operated his own freight delivery business.
Survivors include his father, Walker Johnson of Washington, and two half-brothers, Cleophus Johnson of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Payton W. Gray of England.