Wilson Charlie Bradford was born May 19, 1949 to the late Roosevelt and Evelyn Bradford. He was born and raised in Bastrop. He confessed his belief in Christ at an early age and united with the Greater Magnolia Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. E. Hollins. He attended Morehouse High School.
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He married his high school sweetheart Ms. Dorothy Campbell, and worked for Green Brothers Dairy before moving to Kalamazoo, Mich.
While living in Michigan he got a job with Hercules Inc., where he was employed as a Chemical Technician. The lovely couple decided to start a family together. Unto this union three children was born.
After working for Hercules Inc. for over 34 years, he relocated his family to Jacksonville, Fla., where they lived for nine years. Later he retired in Horn Lake, Miss. where he lived until his death on October 6, 2009 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loved ones.
Wilson C. was a lover of people. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and always was making people laugh. He also was a love of golf and bowling. He was truly loved by his family and will be missed dearly by all who knew him.
Wilson C. is preceded in death by his parents, Roosevelt and Evelyn Bradford; grandparents, Matt and Azzetta Matthews, and Lettie and Wilson Bradford; one brother, Bruce Wayne Bradford; one sister, Lettie Virginia Odom; six aunts, Violet Rigdell, Salone Matthews, Neil Matthews, Lillie B. Matthews, Katie Bradford and Ada Bradford Anderson; seven uncles, Earl Matthews, Arthur Bradford, Charlie Bradford, Lonnie Bradford, Jessie Smith, Malcolm Rigdell and Henry Anderson; mother-in-law, Sarah Campbell; and brother-in-law, Charles Campbell.
He leaves to cherish his memories his beloved wife, Dorothy Bradford; three beloved children, Andre (Lora) Bradford of Kalamazoo, Mich., Cleopatra (Chris) Austin, and Sarah Bradford of Horn Lake, Miss.; five grandchildren, Ty-Trevon Bradford, ElChico Reid, Yavontice Reid, Shakirah Bradford and Shakiyla Bradford; and one great grandson, Jaquius Bradford.
He also leaves to cherish his memories sisters and brothers, Ms. Delores Alford of Detroit, Mrs. Hilda (Wiggin) Snell and Ms. Rita Snell, both of Kalamazoo, Mich., Mrs. Vivian (Joe) Green of Bastrop, Mrs. Toy (George) Floyd of Wetumpka, Ala., Mr. Willie (Cheryl) Arnold of Kalamazoo, Mich., Elder Arthur Ray (Linda) Bradford Sr. of Brunswick, Ga., Elder Charles (Joann) Bradford of Bastrop, Bishop Sherwood (Cydchrissia) Bradford of Moss Point, Miss., Mr. Amariah Bradford and Zechariah Bradford of Wetumpka, Ala., Mr. Roosevelt (Emma) Sneed of Bastrop, and Lonnie Ray (Lynetta) Lumpkins of Dallas; and two aunts, Mrs. Brunette Smith of Detroit and Ms. Annette Matthews of Kalamazoo, Mich.
He also leaves to cherish his memories his father-in-law, Mr. David Campbell Sr.; five brothers-in-law, Thomas (Lula) Campbell of Houston, the Rev. David (Fannie) Campbell Jr. of Bastrop, James Campbell, Leebell (Linda) Campbell, and Kenneth Campbell, all of Bastrop; and one sister-in-law, Carrie Mae Robertson of Horn Lake, Miss.
Funeral services for Wilson C. will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 17, 2009 at New Second Missionary Baptist Church, 403 Smith Street, Bastrop with the Rev. David Campbell Jr. officiating.
A quiet hour will be held from 6-7 p.m. at Montgomery Funeral Home Chapel.
Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise from Oct. 14 to Oct. 18, 2009