of Searcy, AR
May 16, 2019 - August 9, 2004
Charles Lafayette Bradley, Jr., age 86, of Searcy died on August 9, 2004. He was born at Morrilton, Arkansas in 1918 and his family moved to Searcy in 1934. "C. L.", as he was known to most of his friends, attended Harding College and went on to graduate from the Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago in 1949. He practiced Optometry in Walnut Ridge for more than 40 years, and also for a brief time in Prescott. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and served as an elder for a number of years. He also served as a board member for Crowley's Ridge Academy in Paragould. Dr. Bradley was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Leona Bradley of Searcy and one brother, James L. Bradley of Cherokee Village. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Modena Rains Bradley of Searcy; a daughter, Myra Ernst of West Monroe, Louisiana; a son, Dr. Barry Bradley of Orlando, Florida; two sisters, Ruth Hare of Searcy and Carolyn Howk of Breckenridge, Texas and five grandchildren.
Dear Folks:I was fortunate to both play music and fish with Charley during our time with "Country Fry" band years back. One of my most treasured times in life. We played the VFW's, country clubs and occasional hotel for several years. One gig at the Arlington in Hot Springs was a high point. Fished the little lakes and hidden places Charley always knew all about. A wonderful drummer, fisherman and friend. RIP treasured man.