“”Gene”” Bradford, 63, son of George and Maude Bradford, was born Dec. 27, 1940, at Willow Springs. He died Aug. 18, 2004, at his home near Clear Springs.After graduating from Willow Springs High School, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps.He married Clara Mae Gimple Sept. 11, 1960, at Mountain View. They had four sons.Mr. Bradford worked at Rawlings Sporting Good and shoed horses.He was a member of the Mountain View Lodge No. 637 AF and AM and vice chairman of the board of Precious Lamb Evangelistic Ministries. He had served as pastor of the Clear Springs Community Church since July 13, 1997.He was preceded in death by his parents.Surviving are his wife of the home; four sons, Tom Bradford of Anderson, Steve Bradford and Daryl Bradford of Birch Tree and David Bradford of Willow Springs; three brothers, Woodrow Bradford of Wilder, Idaho, Emmett Bradford of Summersville and Elmer Bradford of Tyrone; three sisters, Ella Sherrill and Ellen Rakestraw of Willow Springs and May Linderer of Gravette, Ark.; and seven grandchildren.Services were Aug. 21 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Emmett Bradford, Rich Spacek and Homer Stuart officiating. Burial was in the Clear Springs Cemetery. “

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