BRADLEY, Rev. Walter Lee Sr., 94, of Manakin-Sabot, died peacefully while surrounded by his wife and children on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kathryn Bailey Bradley; his children and their spouses Kay, Terri Farmer (Berkwood) and Lee (Bromby); and grandchildren, Bradley, Parker and Kole. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Jean Bradley; brother-in-law, Rev. Rolen Bailey (Frances); nieces, Linda Bradley, Catherine Harris, Patty Spragg; nephews, Charlie Bradley Jr. and John Bailey. His brothers, Rev. Charlie H. Bradley Sr. and Armstead Bradley, preceded him in death. Mr. Bradley was a graduate of Highland Springs High School, University of Richmond and Union Theological Seminary. He spent his life serving others. He volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army in WWII. He received his undergraduate degree and became a teacher, and then assistant principal, at Highland Springs Elementary. He then found his calling to the ministry. He served as associate pastor at Northminster Baptist Church and as pastor of Dover Baptist Church and Haymarket Baptist Church. He served in many roles in denominational and community activities. Prior to marriage, he traveled around the world exploring five of the seven continents. His hobbies included golf (a charter member of Richmond Country Club), gardening, photography, travel and spending time with his family. Education was a priority to Walter, and his final desire was that in lieu of flowers, an educational scholarship fund be set up for Christian Kole Bradley, who lived with, and thought of, Walter as his dad, Essex Bank, Christian Kole Bradley Scholarship, Acct #: 900061609. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2013, at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd., Richmond, 23229, where services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013. A luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, 3638 Antioch Church Rd., Sandston, Va., followed by a graveside service at 2 p.m. Condolences may be made to woodyfuneralhomeparham.com.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.