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James Bradford III
Jan 16, 1946 to Nov 26, 2014


James Bradford III, 68, departed this earthly life on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter. Born January 16, 1946, in Lee County, he was the son of the late James Bradford, II and Elease Gallishaw Bradford. He was educated in the public schools of Lee County and a graduate of Ebenezer High School, Class of 1965. “Brad”, as he was affectionately called, was raised in a Christian home. He was a lifelong member of Mt. Olive A. M. E. Church, where as a teenager he was a Sunday School teacher and later a Class Leader, member of the Male Chorus and Inspirational Choir. He was also a member of the Woodrow Elite Cub. He was employed with Garnay, Inc for many years prior to his retirement. Brad was generally a quiet person and the times that he did engaged in conversations he provided comedy that everyone under the sound of his voice enjoyed and will never forget. He leaves to cherish his precious memories: three children, Debra Bradford of Irvington, NJ, James Edward Bradford IV (Jennifer) of Newark, NJ and DeAndre Prescott of Dalzell; four grandchildren; one great grandchild; three brothers, Elijah (Geneva) Bradford and Warren (Dorothy) Bradford, both of Sumter, Samuel (Stephanie) Bradford of Charlotte, NC; three sisters, Ella Mae (Rochelle) Martin of Dalzell, Carolyn Mickens of East Orange, NJ and Sadie Bradford of Sumter; Shantrell Prescott with whom he shared a special relationship; ten nieces; eight nephews; a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Hammitte Bradford; one niece, Barbara Martin Isaac, and one grand niece, Sophie Jenkins. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Timothy A. Johnson, Sr., officiating, eulogist. The family is receiving friends and relatives at the home of his sister, Sadie Bradford, 6210 Dubose Siding Road, Sumter. The funeral procession will leave from the home of his sister at 12:30 p. m. Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be family and friends. Burial will be in the family plot at Colclough Cemetery, Sumter.
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