Published: Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
William L. (Bill) Bradley, 86, of Portales died Friday, May 12, 2006, at his home. He was born June 2, 1919, near Lake Arthur to Gertrude and Walter Leo Bradley. He attended school in the early grades in Lake Arthur before the family moved to Portales. He graduated from Portales High School in 1937. He attended Pamona College in Pamona, Calif., and served in the Army during World War II. He married Joy Ruth Kennedy on June 2, 1945. After his discharge from the Army, he returned to Portales and began working for the railroad in 1949. He was a brakeman and conductor on the potash run from Carlsbad to Clovis for many years. He moved to Belen in 1973 and retired from the railroad in 1987 after 38 years. He returned to Portales in 1990. Family members said he enjoyed gardening, especially raising roses, and loved animals, but had a special spot in his heart for stray cats. They said he was a devoted father and grandfather, and was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play on their teams. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Lenora Funk and Gertrude Thompson. He is survived by a son, Butch Bradley of Irvine, Calif.; two daughters, Joy Scharein of Decatur, Ala., and Terri Bryant (and husband, Larry) of Portales; six grandchildren, Dianne Doak (Don) of Las Cruces, Mike Levacy of Ontario, Calif., Blaire Bradley of Irvine, Calif., Brea Bennett (Chris) of Amarillo, Brad Bryant of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Kim Bryant of Portales; five great-grandchildren, Danielle, Dalton and Dylan Doak of Las Cruces, Sydney Levacy of Ontario, Calif., and Dylan Bryant of Wichita Falls; and a sister, Alma Karlin of Farmington. Memorials may be made to Vista Care Hospice, 2708 N. Prince St., Clovis, NM 88101. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.
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