Milton George Bradley was born on July 29, 1927, in Temple, Texas to parents Lewis and Alberta Bradley. The second of three sons, Milton’s nickname was G Boy.
Milton Bradley attended high school in Temple, Texas. Growing up in the depression, young G Boy would sometimes have to chase jack rabbits for food and the skill helped to make him an extremely fast runner. As a track and football star in high school, he had an opportunity to race against the late, great Jessie Owens and almost beat him. Jessie Owens gave G Boy his own nickname of “Speedy”.
After high school, Milton entered the Army and fought in WWII where he travelled to Japan and Korea on the U.S. Blackman ship. After leaving the military, he attended Baylor University where he took classes in Ministry and was later Ordained by Bishop L.C. Graves of the Independent Methodist Episcopal Church. He was also employed with the Texas Pacific Railroad. He and his wife Dorothy eventually became owners of the Palomino Motel in Sweetwater, TX.
He met and married Dorothy Ruth Bridges in 1955. She was a school teacher in Sweetwater, Texas where they made their home and were married for over 40 years until her death in 1999. They had one child, Guinevere and later adopted a son, Milton Bradley, Jr.
In 1961, Rev. and Mrs. Bradley built a new church in Abilene, Texas. Rev. Bradley was a pastor for over 50 years. He served as President of the Ministerial Alliance, Confederated Choirs and the Neighborhood Youth Crime Prevention. He was also Jail Chaplain for several years. Rev. Bradley retired as Pastor of the St. Luke Church on Plum Street in Abilene, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his older brother L.B. Bradley.
He is survived by his brother, Leroy Bradley (wife Lois) of Temple, TX; daughter, Guinevere Bradley-White (husband Herbert) of Forth Worth, TX; son, Milton Bradley, Jr. (wife Nina) of Abilene, TX; daughter, Jennifer McGowan of Houston, TX; 10 grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A wake will be held Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at McCoy Chapel of Memories and a visitation will follow.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. William Jackson and Rev. Iziar Lankford officiating. Interment will be beside his wife in Sweetwater Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Vencent Bradley, Roy Lee Bradley, Walter Blueford, Herbert White, Justin White and Charles Fay.