Mrs. Vivian Inez “Mema” Bradford

Published 11:51am Thursday, January 31, 2013


Funeral service for Mrs. Vivian Inez “Mema” Bradford, 94, of Alexander City, Alabama and most recently of Petal, Mississippi will be Friday, February 1, 2013 at 11:00 am at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Rev. Terrell Stringer, Rev. Mike Chitwood, and Rev. Bill McElveen will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Alexander City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Radney Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bradford passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Perry County General Hospital surrounded by her friends and family.

She was born on January 21, 1919 in Clay County, Alabama to Andrew Jackson White and Effie B. Morris White.  She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and a previous member of Wayside Baptist Church.

Mrs. Bradford attended Olive Branch School in Ashland, AL.  She grew up in a family of eleven children and always loved her family especially her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was an intelligent, gracious, Southern lady who prided herself in being an American.

She was a life learner, loved reading, and taught herself to play the piano.  She enjoyed gardening, flowers, and exercising.

Mrs. Bradford was very social in her later years and learned to email and created her own Facebook page.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Austin (Frank) of Tampa, FL; son, Donald L. Bradford (Linda) of Petal, MS; granddaughter, Tara A. Woodington (Austin) of Gainesville, FL; grandsons, Richard L. Bradford  (Penny) of Alexander City, Robert A. Bradford of Petal, MS, Collin W. Austin (Shannon) of Gainesville, FL, and Brad A. Austin of Tampa, FL; great-grandchildren, Melea Bradford, Connor S. Bradford, Schaefer A. Austin, Annika J. Bradford, and Harper B. Woodington; sisters, Norma Speake of Alexander City, Faye Lewis of Warner Robbins, GA, and Geraldine Childress of Middleburg, FL; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Lee Bradford; her parents; and siblings, Aubrey, Aaron, Andrew, Edna, Ava, Nell, and Ona.

Family will receive flowers or donations may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family at

Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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