Homer C. Bradley - age: 91
(June 11, 1922 to October 14, 2013
Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM at Evans Miller Guinn Chapel. Funeral Services will be on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM in the Chapel. Burial will follow at the Exeter District Cemetey with Military Honors.
Homer Clifford Bradley of Lemon Cove passed away in Exeter on 10/14/13 at the age of 91, following a long illness. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Bessie Goheen Bradley. He is survived by his son, Wayne Bradley, and wife Lynda, of Pismo Beach, CA, his daughter, Ella Bradley Gilliland and husband, Gene, of Benton, KY, 5 grandchildren in order of birth: Bradley Gilliland, Lauren Bradley, Bethany Gilliland Willcutt, Kyle Bradley, and Cindy Gilliland Treas. He was exceedingly proud of his one great grand baby, Miss Paige Willcutt.
Mr. Bradley was born in Belzoni, Oklahoma on 06/11/22 to John Bradley and Lena McCoy Bradley. He was the 3rd child born of 8 children. He was the last surviving sibling. Local siblings were Vera Bradley Tompkins of Lindcove and Carl Bradley of Visalia.
Mr. Bradley served in WW II as a Heavy Mortar Crewman and a Combat Infantryman. His decorations and citations were as follows: WW II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Liberation Ribbon, and 2 Bronze Stars for "Heroic or meritorious achievement or service". The Bronze Star is the 4th highest honor of service.
Mr. Bradley moved to Exeter following the war, then married his wife in 1947. He purchased his first farm in 1951. In his life time Mr. Bradley owned farms in Lindcove, Lemon Cove, Woodlake and Elderwood. He also became a successful picking contractor at the age of 55 and continued contracting for several years. Mr. Bradley farmed in some compacity until illness caused him to leave the Lemon Cove farm for the Exeter Manor House at the age of nearly 90.
Mr. Bradley was a member of the Exeter Church of Chirst for over 60 years. During that time he served in the leadership role of Elder for nearly 40 years and helped significantly in the development of the new church building and retirement complex in the late 1970s and early 80s.
Mr. Bradley's dry wit and humor, his good sense of financial management and his love for his family and friends will be greatly missed by all who knew him.