Kenneth Ray Bradford
Kenneth Ray Bradford was born July 1, 1945, in Rector, Ark., to Claud and Lucille Bradford, and lived in the Rector area all his life. He passed from this life Thursday, December 7, 2017, at his home.
Ken owned and operated heavy equipment for almost 40 years. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
God granted Ken a good life, allowing him to fulfill every dream he wanted. He loved hunting and hunted game in many states, from pursuing and catching alligators in Florida, to big game like moose and bear in Alaska. He killed a black bear in 1983, and an 850 pound, 8-foot 6-inch silver tip grizzly in 1984, having them mounted in full mount as proof!
Ken loved scuba diving and became a dive master and an assistant instructor. He also loved flying and became a pilot. His dad once told him, “You just can’t be satisfied here on earth, you have to either be above or below it.”
Once, he and a friend were diving in the Bahamas when they met a six-to-eight foot shark head-on. He thought he might be a goner but God protected them and the shark swam off. He also had the chance to dive with false killer whales in the China Sea and saw some World War II shipwrecks in the Philippines.
Ken loved Christmas lights and was well known for his light show of approximately 45,000 lights. His lights received recognition on TV, and was shown worldwide by satellite. People from this area who were stationed in Germany told him they saw him on television there.
Ken has no immediate survivors. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
Visitation will be held beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, at the Greenway Church of Christ, Greenway, Ark. Service will follow at 1:30 p.m., with burial afterward in the Mitchell Cemetery of Greenway. Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.
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