Howard “Gary” George Bradford, Jr.

April 2, 1933 - October 15, 2016
Howard “Gary” George Bradford, Jr.

Howard George “Gary” Bradford, Jr., age 83 of Wilmington passed away Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

He was born in Fairfax, VA on April 2, 1933 the son of Howard G. Bradford and Nellie Arlevia Poole Bradford. Remembered is his wife, Shirley Bradford who preceded him in death.

Gary was a member of College Acres Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the US Coast Guard and was retired from US Steel Fertilizer Division, serving as the Assistant Plant Manger of the Fertilizer Plant in Navassa. Gary enjoyed traveling after his retirement and in later years enjoyed going out for dinner at various restaurants.

Gary is survived by his children, Dinah Osborn, Carl Bradford, and Elizabeth Bell; 9 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren; and his special and close friend of many years, Sarah Harrell.

Funeral services will be held 2 pm Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel officiated by Rev. Robert Keats. Burial will be in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 29403 910.791.9099.


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  • October 16, 2016
    Jaime Turner lit a candle:
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  • October 17, 2016
    Melissa Harrell Insco says:
    Gary was always a pleasure to be around. His smile would lighten up anyone's day. We would always look forward to his visits with Sarah Gay when we had family functions. He will truly be missed and our condolences to the family.

  • October 17, 2016
    Jo Anne (Harrell) Harrelson says:
    Gary was a special friend. I met him many years ago and we became closer after he met Sarah Gay. Our family always enjoyed having him share birthdays/holidays with us through the years. He was truly "one of us." We will miss him!

  • October 17, 2016
    Teresa Harrell says:
    Gary was such a loving man that I always enjoyed being around at all our family gatherings. He always had a pleasant personality and he would give me a hug each time he saw me. He had become a special person in the Harrell family and he will surely be missed but never forgotten. I know he is in a much better place and finally without pain. We Love you, Gary, and will meet again someday!

  • October 17, 2016
    Kevin Harrell says:
    I always enjoyed spending time and talking with Gary and we had many chats about his beloved Redskins. I was so thankful that he and mom, Sarah Harrell, found each other and we're in each others lives. He will be missed and was loved and he was always a gentlemen. I am glad I got see him and have dinner last month. I will miss you buddy!