Robert A. Bradley Jr., a longtime International Mission Board missionary from Alabama, died Dec. 29 after a short battle with cancer. He was 81.
Bradley was called to the ministry as a young man and ordained within days of his 26th birthday. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
He began his ministry serving as pastor of Brantleyville Community Church; Central Baptist Church, Oakman; West Jefferson Baptist Church, Quinton; and the now-closed Flat Creek Baptist Church in Walker County.
But in 1978, he and his wife, Barbara, answered the call to serve overseas. After being appointed by the IMB, the couple served their first 16 years in Hong Kong and Macau. They then were assigned to Tel Aviv, Israel, for four years; Rome, Italy, for one year; and Munich, Germany, for almost three years.
After he retired from the IMB, he also served as pastor of Chisholm Baptist Church, Montgomery.
Bradley is survived by his wife of 55 years; son, Robert A. “Brad” III; daughters, Belinda and Robyn; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Camellia Baptist Church, 201 Woodvale Road, Prattville, AL 36067. Visitation with family will follow at church. Masks are encouraged, and there is space for social distancing. Call 334-395-7366 to reach the family.