12/02/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Chris Bradley

Allan Christian Bradley
(27 Jan 1939 - 30 Nov 2006)

Newport News High School Class of 1958

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There is a balance in life.  As we celebrate our greatest joys, we often learn of our deepest sorrows.. 

  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 12/02/06 - "Death of N.N.H.S. Graduate":

I just wanted to inform you that I saw in the Daily Press today that Allan Christian "Chris" Bradley died.  Per the Anchor, he graduated in 1958.  The obituary states that he graduated in 1957; however, when I checked the yearbook, his picture is not in the 1957 book, rather the 1958 Anchor

My wife and I know we saw him within the last week riding his bicycle in the Denbigh area of Newport News.  He was always seen riding his bike.....down Warwick Boulevard mostly.  Often we saw him walking as well; hence, he must have been in really good physical shape.  Most everyone knew his brother    Donald G. Bradley who graduated in 1959.  He was very popular and a committed Christian.  He passed away some years back.  The paper mentions two other siblings, brother James Lee Bradley, III and Anita Paige Bradley.  I do not recall these family members.  The number of deaths among our classmates seem to really be growing.  My sympathy to the family.

Take care, Miss Carol....you perform such a wonderful service connecting us all together.  Maybe there can be an outpouring of gratitude from those you serve as we celebrate this Christmas season.
Fred Mays, '60

   Thank you for sharing this, Fred.  I looked directly at it this morning, and as is my habit, saw only what I wanted.

   Perhaps Chris was one of those graduates to whom two classes laid claim.  Even though his portrait appeared with the Class of 1958, his family  may have considered him a member of the Class of 1957.

   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the entire Bradley family and their friends.

From the Daily Press - 12/02/06:


Chris Bradley

NEWPORT NEWS - Chris Bradley, age 67, died in his home on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, of natural causes. He was born Jan. 27, 1939, in Richmond, Va., the second son of the late James Lee and Grace Christian Bradley. He moved to Newport News in 1941. He was a graduate of Newport News High School's Class of 1957. Chris retired in 1999 from his long held position in the Denbigh High School Maintenance Department. Chris was a life long member of Second Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed history, books, music and movies and was known for his many travels by foot or bicycle throughout his beloved State of Virginia. He was a fan of sports and a strong supporter of high school athletics. Chris will be missed for his sweet spirit, his encyclopedic knowledge of sports and historical facts, his droll sense of humor, his harmonica playing and his love of his family. Chris is survived by his brother, James Lee Bradley III of Springfield; and his sister, Anita Paige Bradley of Virginia Beach. He is also survived by his dear aunt, Ann Christian Boykin; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald G. Bradley. A visitation will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the home of Anita Bradley. For more information, contact W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home at 596-6911. Memorial donations may be made to the Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Va. Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.
Published in the Daily Press on 12/2/2006.
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Allan Christian Bradley
Fall of 1957
I am greatly saddened to hear of the death of Chris Bradley.

Chris was my next door neighbor when I was a boy growing up on 22nd Street in the East End of Newport News in the Fifties and early Sixties. Chris was a weightlifter. He was one of only a few people who could press his own weight. Whenever I heard the clinking of the weights next door I would run over and join him. in his backyard. He would without complaint, lower the weights, sometimes having all the weights he had on the bar, down to a weight that I could handle, which was not that much. He would patiently show me how to go through the routines safely. We would alternate between my weights and his. As we lifted weights we would have the most interesting conversations, mostly about the books that he had read. I was an underweight weakling as a boy. During that time I was the healthiest, strongest, I had ever been, or ever would be.

I have not seen Chris since the early Eighties. He came to pay his respects when my father died. Around the same time I ran into him shopping at the Fresh Fields grocery store near Glendale. I offered to give him a ride back home, all the way to Denbigh. He had ridden his bicycle all that way to get groceries. On the trip to his apartment he spoke of nothing but God.

Chris had a gentleness that is not often respected in our modern world.

Chris is one of only a very few people in my life that I would call a friend.
Douglas Nelson (Dahlgren, VA ) - December 2, 2006
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I am very sorry to hear of the death of Chris. I had the pleasure of being in his class in high school. I just wish that I could have had the pleasure of having contact after we graduated. He was one of the nicest people that I knew in school.

Colin Faison
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H. Colin Faison (Newport News, VA ) - December 3, 2006
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To the family of Chris I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you. He was a special man whom I remember from our days at NNHS, Class of 1958.
Terry Elvington (Newport News, VA ) - December 3, 2006
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To the Bradley Family:

I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of your loved one. Chris was one of the few truly gentle men I have ever known.

Although I did not know him well, I remember Chris when we were teenagers at Second Presbyterian Church in Stuart Gardens, also from our years at NNHS. Over the past 50 years whenever I came home to the peninsula, I worshiped at Second Pres. and Chris was always there and always spoke to and welcomed me.

The last time I saw Chris was on June 2nd of this year when he came to the funeral of my dear sister-in-law, Jennie Keesee. It was an extremely hot, humid day and Chris had ridden his bicycle to the church up on Menchville Road to pay his respects to Tom and the family. His being there meant a great deal to us at that time and now, of course, it has taken on a more significant meaning in the face of this loss. Chris will be greatly missed by his church family.

A memory I hold is of seeing Chris traveling all over the peninsula on his bicycle, attentive to what he was doing and obeying the laws of the road. The greater memory is of his Christian character, his quiet dignity and gentleness of spirit. Chris has gone before us into larger life, acknowledged by our Lord as "a sheep of His own flock, a lamb of His own fold, and a sinner of His own redeeming." Praise be to God for the life and witness of Chris Bradley.


Nancy Keesee Barr (Dripping Springs, TX ) - December 3, 2006



    Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the entire Bradley family..

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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Carol Buckley Harty
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Lead, Kindly Light

Words by John Henry Newman, 1833
Music by John B. Dykes, 1865

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

"Lead, Kindly Light" midi (MIDI sequence copyright © 2002 Brian M. Ames) and lyrics courtesy of http://junior.apk.net/~bmames/ht0320_.htm - 12/20/04

  Downloadable Sheet Music (Craig Petrie's TTBB arrangement) available at http://www.petriefamily.org/ldsmusic/pdfs/leadkind.pdf - 01/01/04

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com – 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

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