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Raymond A. “Blackie” Bradford
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Raymond A. “Blackie” Bradford, 85, of Holland, Texas, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at Crestview Manor and Nursing Rehabilitation Center in Belton.

Mr. Bradford was born May 15, 1925, in Munday to Thomas Grayson Bradford and Melinda Mae (Holder) Bradford. He joined the U.S. Navy on March 27, 1943, and was honorably discharged on May 3, 1946. He married Una Vay (Curly) Byrd on Feb. 20, 1946. He worked as a fireman for the Wichita Falls Fire Department. In 1955, he moved his family to Corpus Christi to work for the Civil Service as an assistant fire chief on the Naval Base Cabaniss Field. In 1957, he moved to Beeville to be the fire chief at NAS Chase Field. During this time, he became one of the founding fathers of the Fire Academy Training School at Texas A&M in Bryan College Station. In 1975, he retired from Civil Service and moved his family to the Virgin Islands where he worked for Hess Oil Co. as fire chief, where he designed and built a fire training facility. After leaving Hess Oil Co., he went to work for Cal Search in Algeria, where he wrote procedures for Industrial Fire Fighting for that country. He then retired and moved to Kingsland. In 1997, he moved to Holland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Una Vay Bradford on May 19, 2010; a son, Mark Guy Bradford in 1987; and two brothers, Odell and Casey Bradford.

Survivors include three daughters, Una Vey Seyfried of Marble Falls, Sue Richter of Austin and Ann Bradford of Belton; a sister, Maybelle Keck of Arlington; two brothers, Terry Bradford of Sherman and Charlie Bradford of Buda; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and many friends.

Visitation was held Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home.

The funeral service was conducted there Thursday with Rev. Weldon French officiating. Interment followed at the Lakeland Hills Memorial Park with the Buda Fire Department Honor Guard presiding.

Honorary pallbearers were Eric Gibson, Justin Price, Edward Seyfried, Raymond Seyfried, Leon Richter and Jon Paul Hammond.

Arrangements were under the direction of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet.
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