MR. DAVID BRADLEY was born on Thursday, January 20, 1949 to Rosie Bradley Champion in Clarence, Louisiana. David confessed Christ at a young age at St. Joseph Baptist Church in Grand Ecore, LA under the leadership of the (late) Pastor Johnny Pye. He attended school in Clarence and lived a full life in Natchitoches Parish. He fathered one child, Kathy Johnson. On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, the Lord called David home to be at rest. He was preceded in death by his mother and two brothers, Thurman Bradley and Roswell ‘Roosevelt” Bradley, Sr.
David was a cowboy hat-wearing country boy who loved animals, especially horses and dogs; he was a sought-after horse trainer. He was also a member of Big “T” riding club, enjoyed trail rides, and could often be found strutting his horses in the Natchitoches Christmas Parade. His other love was dancing and imitating James Brown; he could really cut the rug as a young man.
David was famously known for telling tall tales and had he not had the misfortune of becoming legally blind as a child, he might have penned great stories.
He leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter, Kathy Johnson of San Francisco, California; two sisters, Carrie Anthony and Nannie “JoJo” Gafford both of Natchitoches; three brothers, Willie Fred Egans and John Bradley (Mildred) of Natchitoches, and Huey “Pap” Johnson (Vivian) of Clarence; a granddaughter, Dezerey Johnson of San Francisco, California; three grandsons, Welton Johnson and Poncey Johnson of Natchitoches, and Leevedric Johnson of Newport News, Virginia; six great-grandchildren; the family of (late) Anabelle Hicks; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services for David Bradley will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the St. Joseph Baptist Church on Hwy 6 East in Grand Ecore, with Reverend Lonnie Bradley officiating. Open visitation will be held at 9:00 am until the time of service. The arrangements have been entrusted to the Robinson Family Mortuary (Pineville).