James C. "Charlie" Bradford, Jr., 97, of Pine Bluff, Ark., passed away Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Hospice Home Care Inpatient Center in Little Rock, Ark.
James C. “Charlie” Bradford, Jr., 97, of Pine Bluff, Ark., passed away Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Hospice Home Care Inpatient Center in Little Rock, Ark.
Born December 7, 1914, in Ain Community, Ark., he was a son of the late James C. Bradford, Sr. and Onie Bonner Bradford. He was reared and received his early education first in Ain One Room School House, then at Grapevine School and graduated from Wells Bayou High School.
Mr. Bradford enlisted in the United States Army in 1941, serving during World War II, in the Aleutian and Asiatic Theaters.
On September 14, 1951, he married Ruth Holtzclaw in Grapevine, Ark. After marrying, they moved to Pine Bluff, where Mr. Bradford opened B&J Equipment Company. He was the co-owner for twenty-two years before selling the business to Lee Company. He continued to work for Lee Company as a mechanic for several more years until retiring in 1977.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Pine Bluff and McClanahan Sunday School Class. He was a Mason and a member of Taylor Lodge 206.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Rebecca Anne Bradford; four brothers, Dr. Clinton Bradford, Aubrey Bradford, Earl Bradford and his twin brother, Clarence Bradford; and three sisters Eunice Bradford Clement, Cloma Bradford and Rita Bradford Wisely.
He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Ruth Bradford, of Pine Bluff; his children, James “Jim” Calvin Bradford and wife, Cindy, of Springdale, Ark. and his daughter, Barbara Jean White, of Pine Bluff; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Bobby Bradford and wife, Shelba; Glen Bradford and wife, Linda, all of Grapevine and Huey Bradford and wife Vinda Lou, of Pine Bluff; and one sister Betty Bradford Wilson, and husband, Grady, of Rison.
Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m., Monday, July 30, 2012, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Rev. Gordon Topping officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2–4 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Robinson’s.
Friends may sign the online register at www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to First Baptist Church, 6501 South Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71603 or the donor’s favorite charity.