Tres Bradshaw III

Published 9:55 am Monday, February 4, 2013


FRANKLIN—Elmer “Tres” Amos Bradshaw III, 68, went to his eternal rest February 1, 2013, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

“Praise God, Praise God, I am at home, finally, I am home.”

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 49 years, Brenda Ward Bradshaw; brother, Richard H. “Dickie” Bradshaw of Virginia Beach; aunt, Ann “Tootie” Peters of Grandy, N.C.; uncle, Burton C. Bradshaw and wife Ray of Franklin, Va.; stepfather, Thomas H. Birdsong III of Whitestone, Va., and a host of other relatives and friends.

“Tres” or “Brad” was born in Franklin, Va., on June 6, 1944, a son of the late Elmer A. Bradshaw II and Constance Peters Birdsong.

A gunnery sergeant, he served in the Marine Corps for 12 years and was a Vietnam veteran.

Tres was a graduate of Tarleton State University (A&M), Stephensville, Texas.

An avid golfer, Tres was the former head golf coach at North Greenville University, Tigerville, S.C., where he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and built a winning tradition that has continued.

He was a former volunteer assistant golf coach at Furman University, Greenville, S.C., and a former head golf coach at Southern Wesleyan University in Greenville, S.C.

He was especially thankful that God enabled him to share the gospel with many lost souls and personally pray with many whom chose to surrender their life to Christ.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Wright Funeral Home, 206 W. Fourth Ave., Franklin, Va. Mr. Ralph Smith, Brother in Christ, will be officiating the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), P.O. Box 575, Taylors, S.C., 29687.