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James R. “J. R.” Bradley

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James R. “J. R.” Bradley

Birth
Giles County, Tennessee, USA
Death
9 Sep 1923 (aged 77)
Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee, USA
Burial
Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee, USA GPS-Latitude: 35.1550179, Longitude: -86.5779724
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Gospel preacher. He attended Mars Hill Bible School in Florence in 1878-79. He was from Lauderdale County, AL. He was well along in years, and married when he entered school. He settled in Giles County, TN. He preached in Giles, Lawrence, Maury, and Wayne counties, TN, and Lauderdale, Colbert, and Limestone counties in Alabama. He baptized hundreds of people, and has been instrumental in establishing many strong country churches in his field of labor.

Brother J. R. Bradley, a faithful preacher of the gospel, departed this life on September 9, 1923. He was seventy-seven years of age, and for many years a true and able servant of the Lord. When quite a young man, he had an ambition to preach the gospel. So he entered Brother Larimore's school at Mars' Hill, in Alabama, and prepared himself for the ministry. He made a capable and loyal minister of the church of Christ. He was a man of fine understanding and a capable interpreter of the word, and always stood firm for the truth. As a country preacher, Brother Bradley suffered many hardships and privations, all of which he bore very patiently and charitably. He was a very kind-hearted man, and charitable to all. He was twice married, to noble, self-sacrificing women, who were much help to him in his work. He spent his last ten years in Elora, Tenn., where he owned a little home. His broken-hearted widow, whose privilege it was to cheer and comfort him in his last days, now lives there. --- R. A. Largen, Gospel Advocate, January 31, 1924, page 120.

Wayne Kilpatrick wrote of his ancestor, James R. Bradley (1846-1923):
"From time to time this writer drives by the Rose Hill Cemetery in Fayetteville, Tennessee, and visits the grave of J. R. and thinks of all of the accomplishments that he had with minimal education and resources and wonders how he succeeded. We know that he had an unwavering faith and perseverance that many of us lack in our own time. Many lessons can be learned by studying the life of this dear old soldier of the cross. When one studies through the life of a subject such as J. R. he feels that he is in the very mind of that subject being studied. J. R. can provide the reader with an insight into the times in which he lived, along with the changes he witnessed. He listened to the battle at Shiloh from a great distance, when only a boy and rode in his first automobile only seven years before his death. He saw our country grow up into a powerful force in the world. He lived under twenty different presidents and saw the rise and fall of political parties and the demise of some ideals and the rise of others. A study of his life is a sociological study of religion. He battled unorthodox religious views and debated religious opponents. He wrote articles to admonish the brethren to love the Lord and serve Him. He left a legacy of hard work and patience for those who follow in the Lord’s way." Elder J. R. Bradley, by Wayne Kilpatrick, p. 263.

"On September 3, 1846 James R. Bradley was born on a farm located in a valley that ran along the banks of Agnew Creek west of Pulaski in Giles County, Tennessee. It was a cool, crisp autumn day with smoke rising from the chimneys of the tiny cabins that were scattered across the Weakley Creek and Agnew Creek valleys, and along the ridges which bordered them. The creek emptied into Weakley Creek not far from the Bradley cabin. John Calhoun and Rebecca Warren Bradley (his parents) had settled here some two or three years before. Little did they know, at the time, that this newborn son would someday become a powerful force in the Kingdom of God. It was to this valley that a former Baptist preacher by the name of Wade Barrett came, just two months after J. R.’s birth, and held a brush arbor meeting in November of 1846. Before he left the valley he established a congregation of fourteen members (Bible Advocate, January, 1847, p. 20).---Kilpatrick, p. 5.
Gospel preacher. He attended Mars Hill Bible School in Florence in 1878-79. He was from Lauderdale County, AL. He was well along in years, and married when he entered school. He settled in Giles County, TN. He preached in Giles, Lawrence, Maury, and Wayne counties, TN, and Lauderdale, Colbert, and Limestone counties in Alabama. He baptized hundreds of people, and has been instrumental in establishing many strong country churches in his field of labor.

Brother J. R. Bradley, a faithful preacher of the gospel, departed this life on September 9, 1923. He was seventy-seven years of age, and for many years a true and able servant of the Lord. When quite a young man, he had an ambition to preach the gospel. So he entered Brother Larimore's school at Mars' Hill, in Alabama, and prepared himself for the ministry. He made a capable and loyal minister of the church of Christ. He was a man of fine understanding and a capable interpreter of the word, and always stood firm for the truth. As a country preacher, Brother Bradley suffered many hardships and privations, all of which he bore very patiently and charitably. He was a very kind-hearted man, and charitable to all. He was twice married, to noble, self-sacrificing women, who were much help to him in his work. He spent his last ten years in Elora, Tenn., where he owned a little home. His broken-hearted widow, whose privilege it was to cheer and comfort him in his last days, now lives there. --- R. A. Largen, Gospel Advocate, January 31, 1924, page 120.

Wayne Kilpatrick wrote of his ancestor, James R. Bradley (1846-1923):
"From time to time this writer drives by the Rose Hill Cemetery in Fayetteville, Tennessee, and visits the grave of J. R. and thinks of all of the accomplishments that he had with minimal education and resources and wonders how he succeeded. We know that he had an unwavering faith and perseverance that many of us lack in our own time. Many lessons can be learned by studying the life of this dear old soldier of the cross. When one studies through the life of a subject such as J. R. he feels that he is in the very mind of that subject being studied. J. R. can provide the reader with an insight into the times in which he lived, along with the changes he witnessed. He listened to the battle at Shiloh from a great distance, when only a boy and rode in his first automobile only seven years before his death. He saw our country grow up into a powerful force in the world. He lived under twenty different presidents and saw the rise and fall of political parties and the demise of some ideals and the rise of others. A study of his life is a sociological study of religion. He battled unorthodox religious views and debated religious opponents. He wrote articles to admonish the brethren to love the Lord and serve Him. He left a legacy of hard work and patience for those who follow in the Lord’s way." Elder J. R. Bradley, by Wayne Kilpatrick, p. 263.

"On September 3, 1846 James R. Bradley was born on a farm located in a valley that ran along the banks of Agnew Creek west of Pulaski in Giles County, Tennessee. It was a cool, crisp autumn day with smoke rising from the chimneys of the tiny cabins that were scattered across the Weakley Creek and Agnew Creek valleys, and along the ridges which bordered them. The creek emptied into Weakley Creek not far from the Bradley cabin. John Calhoun and Rebecca Warren Bradley (his parents) had settled here some two or three years before. Little did they know, at the time, that this newborn son would someday become a powerful force in the Kingdom of God. It was to this valley that a former Baptist preacher by the name of Wade Barrett came, just two months after J. R.’s birth, and held a brush arbor meeting in November of 1846. Before he left the valley he established a congregation of fourteen members (Bible Advocate, January, 1847, p. 20).---Kilpatrick, p. 5.

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Eld. J.R. Bradley
Born
Sept. 3, 1846,
Died
Sept. 9, 1923.
Resting Till The Resurrection Morn
BRADLEY



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