David Howard Bradley

July 16, 1954 ~ April 15, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old

David Bradley Obituary

David Bradley was born on July 16, 1954 in Bristol, Tennessee to the late Paul T. Bradley and Lily L. Black Bradley.  He attended Central High School in Akron, Ohio and graduated with the class of 1973.  There he played basketball and led them to the state championship 3 times in a row.  He was a walk-on at Kent State University where he impressed them to the point where they pursued him for 4 months.  However, David had another plan.  He wanted to find a wife who loved and respected him and wanted to raise a family.  Well….and that he did.

At the young age of 24, David followed his sister the late Rosetta McCall and brother in-law Danny McCall (who raised him) to Providence, RI.  David met his loving wife and life-long partner LouAnn Bradley in 1978.  She was mesmerized by his blue thunder bird and just had to have him.  They married in 1979 and started the family David longed to have.  David committed forty-five years to LouAnn Bradley and his family.  David landed a job at Teknor Apex and dedicated thirty-five years of his life before retiring.  Amazingly David then started a second career starting his own contracting business called DB Handyman which was very successful. 

David was a faithful member of Bethel A.M.E. Church Providence and loved his church family.  David’s desire to serve led him to being the churches building manager where he cared for all church property.  He served in many capacities and leadership positions including being a Trustee, but his most favorite role was being a member of the James Massey Choir.

David leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife LouAnn Bradley of 45 years, his daughter Neshea Bradley (partner Nelli Pierre) of Providence, RI and  his son Clifton Bradley (wife Erin Bradley) of Coventry, RI.  One sister Rev Loretta Davis (brother in-law Rev Layman Davis) of Pennsylvania, brother in-law Danny McCall, two grandchildren Jayden Bradley and Colton Bradley and his buddy Parker.  He was proceeded in death by his parents Paul and Lily Bradley, two brothers Charles and Stanley Bradley, and one sister Rosetta McCall.  David was also surrounded by a host of nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

In closing, David was a man of valor!  He was a man of faith.  He trusted God completely, worshipped endlessly and encouraged everyone he came across.  He will truly be missed.

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April 22, 2023

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Mount Hope Community Baptist Church
734 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906

Funeral Service
April 22, 2023

10:00 AM
Mount Hope Community Baptist Church
734 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906


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