James Lee Bradford Sr.

July 18, 1940 ~ November 19, 2020 (age 80)


James Lee Bradford Sr., age 80, of Henderson, entered into his eternal rest at 6:00 a.m. Thursday November 19, 2020 at his home.  Born July 18, 1940 in Harrison, Mississippi, he was the son of the late Richard Bradford and Sadie Mae Cosby Bradford.  He was a faithful and longtime member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Henderson where he was a deacon and trustee, principle of the Vacation Bible School for 10 years, and treasurer of the Green River Valley District.  He retired from Alcoa Warrick Operations in Newburgh,Indiana after 30 years of employment as a crane operator.  He attended Douglas High School in Henderson and later graduated in 1960 with honors from Western Kentucky Vocational School in Paducah.  He was a carpenter by trade, remodeled the church's annex, which was later named after him, Bradford Hall.  He loved wood-work and could build anything.  He also had a hobby for trains.  He also was preceded in death by one son James Lee Bradford Jr. and one brother Richard Bradford II.  He leaves behind to cherish loving memories his loving and devoted wife of 56 years Drucilla Bradford of Henderson; son Timothy (Karen) Jackson of Bowling Green; special sons Rev. LeVar (Andrea) St. Germain of Evansville and Rev. Delord Hester of Henderson; son-in-law Colin Keith Brewer of Henderson; daughters Deborah (Norman) Lancaster and Judy (Craig) Nicholson both of Lexington, and Annette Brewer of Henderson; special daughter Kenya Robards of Henderson; sister-in-law Bettie Jackson of Henderson; 10 grandchildren; special granddaughter Ana Robards of Henderson; 18 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  His life will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at First Missionary Baptist Church.  Pastor Robert A. Esters will officiate;  Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery in Henderson.  The service will be PRIVATE and there will be NO VISITATION due to ongoing COVID-19 requirements.  The service will be live-streamed on our Elliott Mortuary Madisonville facebook page beginning at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday central standard time.  Elliott Mortuary in Madisonville is in charge of his arrangements and where you can go to share condolences at 

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First Missionary Baptist Church
20 S. Elm Street
Henderson, KY 42420

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