Charles F. Bradley Sr.
Charles F. Bradley, Sr. Funeral services for Charles Frederick Bradley, Sr. will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Oakdale with Reverend Norman Thomas officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Fort Polk Honor Guard. Committal service will follow in the Oakdale Community Cemetery under the direction of White Oaks Funeral Home, Oakdale. I, Charles, was birthed in this world January 21, 1931 in Oakdale to the union of the late Pastor Hillard and Sister Estella Bailey Bradley. I was the third child, second son in the family. At an early age, I was baptized and united with the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Inc. under the auspices of my father and pastor. Charles, graduate of Allen High School, entered basic training in the army several days after graduation at Fort Dix, New Jersey. During his military services, he was a surgical technician at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Honorably discharged as a Private First Class, March 1950, from the Armed Forces of the United States of America. He attended Southern University and AME College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in Baton Rouge. He furthered his studies at Southern University and McNeese State University where he earned a Master of Education in counselor education. Charles was the first person of color to have worked in this capacity in Allen Parish. His post graduate studies at McNeese State University and Southern University earning a master plus 30 hours. During his educational training at Southern University, he was sports editor for the yearbook, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, business manager for the Senior class, and community leader on card stop at Allen Parish. As a senior in college, he met the love of his life, Lillie Williams (who at that time was a freshman). On Sunday afternoon, June 23, 1957, they were wedded and through their holy matrimony, two sons Michael Paul Bradley and the late Charles F. Bradley were born. He served on the deacon board for years, choir member, Sunday School ministry, serving faithfully and willingly as needed as chairperson for the building fund committee for both churches. In between pastors of the church, Brother Bradley was called upon and served as interim pastor until a permanent pastor of the church was installed. Charles' community involvement was with the American Legion, Real Estate sales, a former representative of Church Investment Corporation, Inc; and Past Colonel on staff in Louisiana for the former Governor Edwin Edwards. In the mid 50's, he became a Mason, Joppa Lodge # 136 and Jerusalem Consistory #294 in Oakdale. He served as Grand Captain of the Pelican Council of Deliberation. He elevated to 33rd degree and last degree of Masonry at Prince Hall. Ceremony was held at the Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans. Charles F. Bradley, Sr. made his final active movement on Thursday, January 5, 2017, as he and his wife took a ride to the Post Office. God called him home on Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles. He is preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Charles F. Bradley, Jr. Those left behind to cherish his memory are: his devoted and loving wife of 59 years, Lillie W. Bradley of Oakdale; one son, Michael P. Bradley of Clovis, New Mexico; one sister, Mazell B. Campbell (Chester) of Oakdale; grandsons, Michael P. Bradley, II of Decatur, Georgia and Charles F. Bradley III of Kansas City, Kansas; his devoted sister-in-law, June M. Crawford of Decator, Georgia; step granddaughters, LaTasha Bradley of Kansas City, Kansas and LaToya Bradley of Houston, Texas; his daughter-in-law, Jan Bradley of Kansas City, Kansas; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Pallbearers to serve will be Walter Williams, Johnny Williams, Atonus Harris, Charles F. Bradley III, Roger Williams, and Wesley Jackson. Honorary pallbearers to serve will be Willie D. Webb, Chester Campbell, Shelton, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Southern University, Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago Illinois Word Book, Child Craft Inc., and Department of Veterans Affairs VA Medical Center of Alexandria. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2016 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at the church. I, Lillie, would like to express a special thank you to those who supported Charles and me during the time of sickness and need. I'd like to extend a special thank you to Ernestine Jackson, Willie Webb, Atonus Harris, and Janice Thomas. I shall forever remember your kind deeds and support throughout this difficult time of sorrow.
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