Raymond H. Bradshaw

Published 11:00 am Thursday, September 25, 2014

FRANKLIN—Raymond Hurley “R.H.” Bradshaw, 86, passed away on Sept. 24, 2014, at East Pavilion.

Born in Southampton County, he was a son of the late Rufus Hurley and Florence Bryant Bradshaw.

Mr. Bradshaw was a graduate of Courtland High School, and was a Merchant Marine.

After high school, he worked at Curtiss Bay Towing Corporation for four years, and in 1952 started working for Union Camp Corporation and retired as a Clerk in the Receiving Department after 36 years of service.

After retirement, he lovingly cared for his dear wife, Doris, who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease and devoted his time to any kind of yard work. He was known locally as the “Yard Man” a phrase that was on his license plate of his green Ford pickup truck.

Mr. Bradshaw was predeceased by his wife of 55 years and the apple of his eye, Doris Holcombe Bradshaw; a brother, Charles Wesley Bradshaw Sr.; and a sister, Edith Marie Bradshaw.

Survivors include a stepson, Richard C. Edwards and his wife, Linda, of Sedley; a niece, Connie B. Funicelli and her husband, Glenn; two nephews, Charles Wesley Bradshaw Jr. and his wife, Audrey, and Rodney H. Bradshaw, all of Suffolk; two step-grandchildren, Richard C. Edwards Jr. of Richmond and Rinda L. Edwards of Alexandria; and three step-great-grandchildren, Samantha, Mitchell and David Edwards of Richmond.

The memorial service to celebrate R.H.’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, at Wright Funeral Home. Burial will be private at Riverside Cemetery, Courtland.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home, and suggests memorials be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Association or High Street United Methodist Church.