Raymond Cleveland Bradley, Sr.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

U. S. Veteran USMC WWII

        Raymond Cleveland Bradley, son of the late Cleveland and Phoebe Bradley was born in Powhatan County, Virginia on April 24, 1924. He was reared in a home with eight (8) sisters and two (2) brothers. He was converted, baptized and joined Mount Zion Baptist Church of Powhatan at an early age and maintained his membership there throughout his life. He attended the public schools in Powhatan County. He later joined the United States Marines and served active duty during World War II.

        On February 9, 1947 he was joined in matrimony to Mrs. Alice Logan of Belonia. He was the proud father of six (6) sons and three (3) daughters. Raymond was a loving and devoted father, brother, husband and friend.

        He departed this life in the early afternoon of Tuesday, June 22, 1993 at Johnston Willis Hospital, Richmond, Virginia.

        He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted wife, Alice Logan Bradley of Powhatan, VA; five (5) sons, Raymond Jr. of Richmond, VA; Aaron Slyvester of York, PA; Chico C. of Germany; Wayne Alton (deceased); Robert Martin of Richmond, VA; Wade Antone of Powhatan, VA; and three (3) daughters, Mary Jones of Savannah, GA; Anna Johnson of Powhatan, VA; and Victoria Rudd West of Chesterfield, VA; five (5) daughter-in-laws Brenda Bradley of Richmond, VA; Delores Bradley of York, PA; Melody Bradley of Chesterfield, VA; Venita Dunn of Richmond, VA; and Sharon Dolby of Powhatan, VA; Three (3) sons-in-law, Glen Jones of Savannah, GA; Taylor Johnson of Powhatan, VA; and Ronald West of Chesterfield, VA; twenty (20) grandchildren, fourteen (14) great grandchildren; one (1) brother, Franklin Bradley of Powhatan, VA; five (5) sisters, Nancy Jenkins and Maude Mumford of Richmond, VA; Lillian Slayton of Philadelphia, PA; Estelle Miles of Eastport, NY; and Ellen Finney of Mitchellville, MD; One (1) uncle, Edward Bradley of Pittsburg, PA; one (1) aunt Elizabeth Lewis of Philadelphia, PA; five (5) brothers-in-law; James Miles of Eastport, NY; Essex Finney of Mitchellville, MD; William Harper of Philadelphia, PA; Carl Morris of Powhatan, VA; Randolph Logan of Riverhead, NY; a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and two special friends Michael Ross and Gregory Taliaferro of Powhatan, VA; as well as a community of caring and loving friends.

Words of Wisdom my Dad Lived By:

Live each day day to the fullest.
Get the most from each hour, each day, and each age of your life.
Then you can look forward with confidence, and back without regrets.

Be yourself-but be your best self.
Dare to be different and to follow your own star.

And don't be afraid to be happy.
Enjoy what is beautiful. Love with all your heart and soul.
Believe that those you love, love you.

When you are faced with decision, make that decision as wisely as possible-then forget it.
The moment of absolute certainly never arrives.

And above all, remember that God helps those who help themselves.
Act as if everything depended upon you, and pray as if everything depended upon God.
                                                        S. H. Payer

          Your Love Has Made A Difference In My Life.
It Has Lifted Me Up When I Was Down.
                                Your Courage Has Changed My Timidness To Boldness.
                     Your Faith Has Drawn Me Into God's Presence And
                            Has Given Me Purpose, Hope And Promise Of A Bright
                  Future. You Have Made A Difference In Our Lives
And We Are So Grateful.

                With All Our Love, Your Children

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