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.
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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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