Walter Lee Bradley Sr.

October 10, 1918January 22, 2013


Rev. Walter Lee, Sr., 94 of Manakin-Sabot died peacefully while surrounded by his wife and children on Tuesday January 22, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Kathryn Bailey Bradley and his children and their spouses Kay, Terri Farmer (Berkwood) and Lee (Bromby) and grandchildren Bradley, Parker and Kole. Also survived by sister-in-law Jean Bradley, brother-in-law Rev. Rolen Bailey (Frances), nieces Linda Bradley, Catherine Harris, Patty Spragg, nephews Charlie Bradley, Jr. and John Bailey. His brothers Rev. Charlie H. Bradley, Sr. and Armstead Bradley preceded him in death. Mr. Bradley was a graduate of Highland Springs HS, University of Richmond and Union Theological Seminary. He spent his life serving others. He volunteered to serve in the US Army in WWII. He received his undergraduate degree and became a teacher and then assistant principal at Highland Springs Elementary. He then found his calling to the ministry. He served as associate pastor at Northminster Baptist Church, and as pastor of Dover Baptist Church and Haymarket Baptist Church. He served in many roles in denominational and community activities. Prior to marriage he traveled around the world exploring 5 of the 7 continents. His hobbies included golf (a charter member of Richmond Country Club), gardening, photography, travel, and spending time with his family. Education was a priority to Walter and his final desire was that in lieu of flowers, an educational scholarship fund be set up for Christian Kole Bradley, who lived with and thought of Walter as his dad. Essex Bank, Christian Kole Bradley Scholarship Acct #: 900061609. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7pm Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd., Richmond, 23229, where services will be held 10am Saturday, January 26, 2013. A luncheon will begin at 12:30pm at Antioch Baptist Church, 3638 Antioch Church Rd., Sandston, Va., followed by a graveside service at 2pm. Condolences may be made to


  • Visitation Friday, January 25, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 26, 2013

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Lisa Webb

February 1, 2013

We are so sorry to hear the sad news of your father's passing. Lee, Kay and Terri know that we are sending prayers and love your way during this difficult time. Thinking of you all and we were sorry we weren't able to attend the memorial service.
With love, The Webb Family

February 1, 2013

We just learned of Pastor Bradleys death today from friends Fred and Rosemary Browning. Oh so many years ago he married us (12/1959 at Salem Baptist Church).
Our sympathy to you and your family. Please remember us to Lee.

January 29, 2013

We just learned of Walter's death. We were so sorry to hear of his passing. Now he is with the Father he served so faithfully and we know he is happy there. Our sincerest sympathy to you his family and may God bless you in the days ahead. James and June Haynes

January 28, 2013

What a beautiful, Christian man!!! I dearly loved him. As a young woman, he so influenced me in my spiritual life. I remember when he met Kathryn and how very happy he was. I attended their wedding and later he did the honors for me by officiating at my wedding (1963 at Dover Baptist Church). He and Kathryn have been a constant Christian example my entire adult life. Thank you for sharing your life so unselfishly. Ruth Powers (Gammon) Baldwin

January 27, 2013

Our condolences to each member of the Bradley family. Walter was an integral part of our spiritual growth and family life for his many years at Haymarket Baptist Church. He is remembered fondly by each of us - Skip, Jean, Jonathan, Jesse Fairall and families.

Cathleen Crone

January 27, 2013

Dear Walter,
The world was touched by your love, kindness, compassion, and
care of all who entered your life. As a servant of God, your everlasting
life is just beginning. Your dear family will continue to walk the upright path your foot steps forged. " Climb Every Mountain, Forge Every Stream,"
we all love you!
- Love Cathleen Crone

Randi Wade

January 26, 2013

To all of the Bradley and Farmer families: What a gentle, sweet man your husband, father, and grandfather was! I (Randi) can still picture him driving safely along, barely head visible, with all the other cars zooming around him! Our thoughts and prayers are with you as your heart heals from having to say good~bye. Randi, Jim, Harrison, and Logan Wade

Joy Albaugh

January 25, 2013

Rev Walter Bradley.. A Very Special Man.. Remembering back in the Sixties when Walter and Kathryn came into our lives and became a very special part of my life and my family.. all these years.. Saddened to learn of his passing.. Truely Honored to have known such a Wonderful and Kind Man. ManyThoughts and Prayers. Love, Joy Albaugh

Mike & Betty Soltys

January 25, 2013

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Jeannette McCormick

January 25, 2013

I have known Walter Bradley all of my life. He played baseball with my dad(Eldon Elgert) for Elko and I have an old team picture which included Ralph Crostic, Hardy White, Charlie Zahn, Charlie Evans and Walter. Dad helped Walter build his house down the hill from Charlie and Jean's. By then, Walter was studying for the ministry. Always a gentle soul and true southern gentleman, daddy said whenever Walter hit his thumb with a hammer (which was often), Walter would shout "Thunderation" instead of even a mild curse! I remember when he "found" Kathryn, as we all assumed he would be the confimred batchelor he'd been until then, and were thrilled for them when they married. Walter is one of my fondest memories of attending Antioch. Prayers for comfort, strength at this time of loss and peace in memories.