Pallbearers Jabarie D. Carter Kamardi B. Carter Tommy L. Gray Kenya D. Green Gregory L. Slocum Jarvis D. Wimbush
Honorary Pallbearers Deacons of Union Baptist Church
Flower Attendants Deaconesses of Union Baptist Church
We are never quite prepared to face life's darkest hour. During such time, the thoughtful expressions of family and friends make the dawn come quicker; the burdens seem lighter, and the cross more like a crown. Every prayer, visit, phone call, thought, card, food, flower and any other kindnesses shown are deeply appreciated. May God bless you and continue to enrich your lives.
The Bradley Family
Woodlawn Memorial Park
Home~(i9ing Celebra~ion * --"'
Mrs. Effie D. Bradley
Sunrise: November 11, 1925 Sunset: June 28,2002
Wednesday, July 3, 2002 3:00p.m.
Union Baptist Church 1137 Kitchens Street Macon, GA
Officiating Rev. David L. Stanley, Sr.
Union Bantist Church
A dedicated and committed life ended early Friday evening, June 28, 2002 at 7:00P.M.
Mrs. Effie Ophelia Dunn Bradley was born November 11, 1925 to the late Cornelius Dunn and Annie Rogers Dunn.
She committed her life to Christ at an early age when she joined Union Baptist Church where she remained a life long member for over 60 years. A golden Member of Union Baptist Church, she served as President ofthe Deaconess Board, Chairperson of the Men and Women Day Program, a member of the Pastor's Aid Board, and past President of the Union Baptist Building Club. Her concern for her church, family, and friends became her life's work. She received her education in Bibb County schools and received additional post secondary training. She was a dedicated civic volunteer and secondary servant affiliating herself with various organizations and causes. She belonged to the NAACP, the SCLC, and the Executive Board for the Bibb County Democratic Party, Bibb County Democratic Women, and Order of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Effie D. Bradley leaves a host of people to cherish her memories: a devoted husband R.A. 'Ray' Bradley, Sr. daughters Audrey Bradley-Philpot, Rae Jean Bradley-Carter, Brenda A Bradley, and son R.A. 'Ricky' (Janice) Bradley, Jr. grandchildren, Gina Bradley, Jabarie D. Carter, Kamardi B. Carter, Sydni S. Bradley, R.A. Bradley ill, Torrian Bradley-McSwain; great grandchild, Amari Bradley-Stewart; sister-in-law, Edna B. Dunn; nieces, Dr. Gloria Lindsey-Alibaruho, Ray Jean Lindsey, Sandra C. Reese; grandnieces, Natalie A. Moore, Kiki T. Reese, Heidi J. Mitchell, Cheyenne Moore; nephews: Elijah Jones; grandnephews: Kwatsi Lindsey-Alibaruho, Eric A. Moore, Shay Aquino, Chase Moore; goddaughter, Johnnie Mae Walker, a host of cousins, sisters-in-Christ: Tinye Felton, Louise Wortham, Mary Howard, Barbara Carson, Bessie Mae Thomas; and Ethel Barnette.
THE IDEAL MOTHER
What is the ideal mother? The dictionary does not define an Ideal Mother could it be that mere words could not do her justice? Painters haven't been able to capture the.essence of an Ideal Mother on canvass. Could it be that no canvass is large enough to hold her? Poets have penned line upon line about the Ideal Mother and their poems have been superb. Yet, no one seems to be able to recall but one, or maybe twO'paems. Again I ask, why? Could it be that the words ofthe poets were just that-words? Great Orators have performed eloquently while donning the stages of noted theaters. And still their deliveries have failed to capture and deliver the soulfulness ofher. Ministers have delivered countless sermons about the Ideal Mother But it only comes once a year for most-and many ofthe sermons do not agree. Why you ask? Could it be that each one can only tell part ofthe story in the time allotted? And as we all know, only God and the ministers know which part we will hear. Perhaps you are wondering-Is it possible to know what an Ideal Mother is? I'm not sure because I, like the ministers, only have time to tell part ofthe story in the time allotted. So-just as the ministers must preach his sermon, I must tell My story Ideal Mother is not P,erfect but she is right more times than you or I can count. Ideal Mother has never been featured with the beauty queens of any era--but I tell you, she is the queen of beauty inside and out. MY Idea Mother doesn't have very good eyesight yet she seems to have the uncanny ability to stand in the presence oftoday and look into the future of tomorrow. MY Ideal Mother can'f run with the gazelles--in fact-her hip fails her at times-but she seems to always be where she is needed. MY Ideal Mother can no longer strut like a peacock in the midst of a yard ofroosters--but she still manages to tum heads because she is a lady ofgrace. MY Ideal Mother is sometimes as toughas nails, but I guess it taRes a tough nail to hold the Bradley Bunch and the Carter Crunch together. MY Ideal Mother doesn't wear her religion on her chest nor her forehead, yet we continue to hear her pray and see her in the Lord's house and praise God without any shame whatsoever. MY Ideal Mother probably will never be invited to the White House but that hasn't stopped her from being active with the Democratic Women. MY Idea Mother sometimes run low on money; low on food; low on patience; low on mercy; low on understanding; and Lord knows low on energy; and yes even low on religion at times. But never low on love, love for her family, love for friends and especially love for me. When I looked in the dictionary for the word mother...MY mother came to mind. I went to the bookstore to browse through books about mothers...MY mother came to mind. As I read countless greeting cards about mothers...MY mother came to mind. I remind you again that this is MY story and is My story, MY Ideal mother is truly My MotberMn. Erne D. Bradley
Brenda A. Bradley
Order of Service
Selection.................Union Baptist Mass Choir
Opening Prayer............................Rev. John H. Ford
Scripture Reading Old Testament..............Dea. John Richard New Testament.......................Rev. John Glover
Poem....................................Mrs. Brenda A. Bradley
Solo........................Dea. Lewis (Skip) Sherman
Reflection...........Dr. Gloria Lindsey-Alibaruho Mrs. Helen Brezial
Senator Robert Brown Mrs. Francine Gilliam
Solo.........................Rev. Jerome Braxton Selection..............Union Baptist Mass Choir Eulogy...................Rev. David L. Stanley, Sr. Acknowledgments......R.A. (Ricky) Bradley, Jr. Closing Prayer.........Rev. Hollis Larry Eason Recessional