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Billy Joe ‘Bill’ Bradley

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Billy Joe “Bill” Bradley, 79, of Bellefontaine, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Eastern Kentucky on June 12, 1934, to the late Joe and Pearlie Stephens Bradley. He also was preceded in death by his daughter, Kandra Gwen Bradley, in 2010; brothers, Clyde, Gorman, Harlan and Clifford Bradley; sisters, Zada Ratliff, Susie Bradley, Shirley Haws, Ruth Moore, Clara Parker and Bonnie Jean Bradley; and nephew, Michael Parker.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Fay Parker Bradley, whom he married Nov. 26, 1958, in Martin, Ky.; a daughter, Scebra Ann (David) Morris; grandsons, Heath Morris and Kodey (Kasandre) Morris; granddaughter, Charmia Morris; sister, Louise (Lawrence) Howard; brothers, Bobby (Lema Sue) Bradley and Frances “Coy” Bradley; brother-in-law, Willis Haws; as well as many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

In 1953, Billy Joe graduated from high school and went on to pursue a degree in education, graduating in 1962 from Eastern State Teachers College with a bachelor’s degree.

Early in his career he taught grade school students in Floyd County, Ky. In 1964, with his wife and children, he moved to Bellefontaine, where he taught sixth-grade math at Pine Avenue, the middle school and Northeastern schools for a combined 13 years before retiring.

He was a member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association and the First Church of the Brethren.

Bill loved to spend time with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed going out to dinner, and fishing.

Pastor Fred Clogg officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday at Jennings Farley Funeral Home, West Liberty, where visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Interment is in Highland Memorial Cemetery, with pallbearers including Billy Pack, David Morris, Kodey Morris, Heath Morris, Ken Savage and Harlan Ratliff.

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