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09/10/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Wilton "Brad" Bradford

Clarence Wilton Bradford, III
(08 July 1943 - 07 Sept 2018)

Newport News High School Class of 1961

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I am shocked and saddened to bring you this news today. Wilton "Brad" Bradford, Class of 1961, brother of the late Mike "Moby" Bradford ('66), and son of our NNHS Cafeteria Manager, the late Mrs. Lallie Bradford Barritt, passed away in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina on Friday, September 07, 2018 at the age of 75. 

From Karrin Williams Frankie (NNHS / Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 09/10/18, 6:48 PM:

I just learned that Wilton Bradford, NNHS ’61 passed away in Roanoke Rapids, NC on 07 Sept. It was in the Daily Press today. His brother, Michael NNHS ’66, died several years ago. Wilton grew across the street from me on Buxton Avenue. Was very shocked to learn of his death. Out of “our playmates” this only leaves Johnny Oldfield ('61), Jerry Burks ('62), and me! So sad.

Karrin Williams Frankie WHS ‘61

   Oh, Karrin, I'm so very sorry to learn this! I must have read the obituaries too soon in the morning, because I completely missed this.

   Wilton and I were in band together during the last few school months of 1961, when the eighth graders who made in into the Senior Band were allowed to join them. As Wilton was a drummer and I a flute player, I marched in the rank right in front of his, and grew to know him when otherwise I never would have had that opportunity. You have my deepest condolences on the loss of your old friend.

From the Daily Press - 09/10/18:

              Clarence Wilton Bradford, III


    ROANOKE RAPIDS, NORTH CAROLINA - Clarence W. Bradford, III (Brad) passed away on September 7, 2018.

He was born in Newport News, VA July 8,1943 to the late Clarence Bradford, Jr. and Lallie Bradford.

He was also preceded in death by his brother Michael Bradford.

Brad is survived by his wife of 38 years, Pauline, his son, Douglas of SC, Granddaughters, Koral and Marina of SC, his daughter, Cindy of Virginia niece, Amie of Maryland.

Funeral service is Wednesday, September 12 at 10 am Hockaday Funeral Chapel Roanoke Rapids followed by a graveside service at 2:00 pm at Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, VA.

  Family will receive relatives and friends Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30 pm at Hockaday Funeral and Cremation Service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled Veterans.

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September 09, 2018 

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Brad at SUPSHIPNN. I am praying for comfort for your family.

~ Linda Johnston, Hayes, Virginia

September 10, 2018 

Very sorry to hear of Brad's passing. He was always very friendly to me at the Lake, and always seemed to truly enjoy his time there. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to Pauline, and his family.

~ John White, Halifax, North Carolina

September 10, 2018   

Oh, this breaks my heart. I graduated with Brad and always thought he was so nice. Saw him at our last reunion three years ago. We never know when we will lose a friend. Prayers for comfort and strength during this time.

September 10, 2018 

We were so sorry to hear about Brad's passing. We spent a lot of good years working together at SUPSHIP Newport News. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

~ Chuck Forrest and Peggy Shannon, Hampton, Virginia

September 10, 2018  

Pauline and family, so sorry to hear of Brad's passing, I know he will be sorely missed. He was a great person and a very wonderful supervisor. I'll always remember the good times we spent down at Lake Gaston. I will have a JIM BEAM and coke in his honor.

September 10, 2018    

To the families and friends of Clarence Wilton Bradford, lll. Today, I just want to send my deepest condolences to the families. We all lose love ones in death, and it's a very difficult time to deal with. Please allow God to strengthen you in your grief. He is a God of great comfort and peace.

Virginia will always be my home but now I live in Harrisburg, PA.


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Harry and I dearly loved Jimmy, he was the sweetest and kindest man we've ever known. You are all in our prayers. - See more at:


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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Brad's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

Words by Edward Hopper

Music by John E. Gould, 1871

Jesus Savior, pilot me over life's tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll, hiding rock and treacherous shoal;
Chart and compass came from Thee; Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

As a mother stills her child, Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boisterous waves obey Thy will, when Thou say'st to them "Be still!"
Wondrous Sov'reign of the sea, Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

When at last I near the shore and the fearful breakers roar,
'Twixt me and the peaceful rest; then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me, "Fear not, I will pilot thee."

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