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418 North 13th Street
P.O. Box 1557
Corsicana, TX 75110
Phone: 903-874-3755
Fax: 903-874-5621
Billy Bradford

Billy Lamar Bradford

Sunday, September 16th, 1923 - Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
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Bill was born on September 16, 1923, to William J. and Jessie Spencer Bradford. He grew up during the Great Depression and graduated from Corsicana High School with the class of 1941.

At age 18 he joined the army reserves and when called to active duty, with the 99th Division. His awards included a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, American Theater Medal, and European Theater Medal, American and Belgian Victory Medals, and Belgian Faurragere.

After discharge, Bill finished his degree at Baylor University in Waco. He served the community in the investment business for over 40 years. He married Cora Varley and they had one child, Elizabeth “Betsy” Van Bradford.

Throughout his adult life it was Bill’s pleasure to be able to serve the community on the boards of NCARC, Palace Theater, Warehouse Living Arts, Red Cross and as City Commissioner. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church serving as an elder, trustee, teacher, and choir member.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, his sister Betty and husband David Smith.

Surviving are his daughter, Elizabeth “Betsy” Engelbracht and two nephews; David Smith and wife Karen and William Smith and wife Connie and several cousins.

Graveside services will be held at a later date following cremation under the direction of Corley Funeral Home at Oakwood Cemetery. The wearing of masks and social distancing will be enforced.

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Jeanne Adams

Posted at 11:03am
This photo was also taken at the birthday party.
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Jeanne Adams

Posted at 11:02am
This photo was taken at Betty Bradford Smith's 80th birthday party in Waco in 2008. Billy was my first cousin and he and Betsy have always been very special to me. We miss you, Billy, and are so proud to be a part of your family.
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Christine Ten Eyck

Posted at 08:29pm
I spent a lot of time in Betsy’s house in high school so got to know Bill and Cora quite well. What a life Bill led - so young and sent to war and so active in the Corsicana community. Bill and Cora were so nice to me and always welcomed me into their home. I will always remember them fondly. Betsy I am sorry but so glad you had each other as long as you did. Love, Christy
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Caroline Fullerton

Posted at 04:21pm
Betsy I am so sorry about your Dad. I have such fond memories of he and your Mom when you were in the Senior High group at Westminster Presbyterian. It was always such a treat to be invited to your home after Youth Fellowship for "snacks" that were much more than snacks. As long as I have know your Dad he has always had a smile. He was very special and I know you will miss him.
Love and Hugs
Caroline Fullerton
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