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Last Game in 1962 Gymnasium: February 7, 2012

An era came to an end in Bradley last week.  Assuming that the construction of the new gym is completed as planned, the evening of Tuesday, February 7, 2012, saw the last regularly scheduled home game in the 1962 gymnasium, with the Bradley Senior Boys defeating the Horatio Senior Boys.

The first game in the 1962 gym was played in the fall of that year, with the Bright Star Junior Boys defeating the Bradley Junior Boys, 26–22.

Below are some photos taken during and immediately after the final home game last week.









For the benefit of those who may not be close enough to Bradley to see the progress on the new gym, here are two photos which may give some perspective on that progress.

The first photo was taken on June 12, 2011:


And the photo below, taken on January 29, 2012, from approximately the same angle, shows the completed slab of the building:


Retirement Dinner for A. S. P. Sgt. John Bishop, June 25, 2010

This past Friday evening, June 25, 2010, approximately 200 citizens and many of his fellow law enforcement officers gathered in the Bradley Elementary School Cafeteria to honor Bradley’s own Arkansas State Police Sgt. John Bishop.  John is retiring from the A. S. P. effective today (June 30, 2010).

John is a 1969 graduate of Bradley High School.  John joined the Arkansas State Police on May 2, 1974.  Before being stationed with Troop G and thus able to live in the Bradley area, John was stationed at Little Rock, Hot Springs and Camden.  He has worked in the Criminal Investigations Unit since 2000.

At the dinner, John and his wife, Patsy, were provided rocking chairs (below).  Patsy used hers; John didn’t (below).

Among the speakers were A. S. P. Major Cleve Barfield, A. S. P. Lt. Glenn Sligh, Raymond Robertson and outgoing State Senator Barbara Horn. 

One of the more interesting parts of the evening was the presentation to John of a plaque by Officer Jay Perry of the Louisiana State Police, who has worked with John on interstate investigations (below).

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John was also presented with a plaque by outgoing State Representative (of this district) Bruce Maloch, and current State Representative (from another district) and State Senator-elect Steve Harrelson (from this district) (below).

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Two local friends of John who spoke were Kelly Kelner (below) and Vickie Paige (below, with Emcee Richard Estes).

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At the conclusion of the evening, John briefly addressed those present (below).

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Finally, no report of the evening would be complete without mentioning the presence of John’s parents, Mr. Dick and Mrs. Marjorie Bishop (below).

Bradley High School Class of 1970 40th Anniversary Reunion

This past Saturday, June 12, 2010, the Bradley High School Class of 1970 gathered for a class reunion on the 40th anniversary of their graduation.  Below is a photo of those present.

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Faces in the above photo are obviously difficult to discern, so here are two zoomed-in photos of the participants. Somehow Jerry Pickett and Odis Weems, the two gentlemen at the right of the group photo above, got left out of the close-up photos below.

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Shown in the above photo are, left to right:  Rodney Burton, Bobby Brackman, Velinda Potts Hanson, Nancy Adkins Kees (in rear), Margaret Spence Cannon, Charanda Pratt Pool, and Carl Stephens.

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Shown in the above photo are, left to right:  Carl Stephens, David Thompson, Gary Burton, Marion Cochran Morgan, Carl Wayne Adams, Kay Baker Weems, Janis Stone Kirwin (partially obscured in rear), and Glenda Allen Ray.

Bradley High School Ultimate Reunion, March 27, 2010 (Part 2 of 2)

As mentioned in the last post, approximately 200 people attended the B. H. S. Ultimate Reunion.  Some left before their class had its picture taken and some classes never assembled for pictures at all.  The four classes who did have their pictures taken were the classes of 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965.

Below are each of those four classes, shown first as a group, and then with either two or three closer-up photos.  While I know the names of most of the people in the photos, there are a few whom I cannot presently identify.  Married names of the ladies present posed another problem.  A blank space in the captions below indicates that I cannot identify a particular person, or that lady’s married name.  Any help that readers can provide by leaving a comment as to correct identity or correct spelling of name(s) would be greatly appreciated.

As mentioned in previous posts, each caption refers to the photo or photos under that caption.

The class of 1960 is observing the 50th anniversary of its graduation this year.  Sixteen of the 20 living graduates attended the reunion.  Two others are deceased.  Below are, left-to-right:  Jerry Wilson, Jay Cheney, Mary Harrist Crabtree, Gene Smith, Melba Cox Cheney, Carroll Nations, Judie Williams Carey, Marie Russ, Jerrell Caskey, Charles Lane, Jimmy Thompson, Della Keith ________.





Shown below are some members of the class of 1963.  Left-to-right:  Pat Givens Calhoun, Eddie Adkins Stout, John Dinkins, Donna Vickers Jackson, Buck Williams, Diane Higdon Fletcher, Marvin Cross, Betty Weems Bourg, Doris Taylor Caswell, Joyce Dinkins Caskey.




Shown below are some members of the class of 1964.  Seated, left-to-right:  Ronnie Odom, Averial Redmon.  Standing, left-to-right:  Jimmy Gildon, Carl Pauley, Ronald Jim Byrd, Jerry Clary, Dickie Bishop, Patsy Collier Vines, Henry Maness, Johnny Umphries.




Shown below are some members of the class of 1965.  Left-to-right:  Bill Lee, Linda Nolte Umphries, Wayne Sparks, Linda Kay Bussey Pickler, Margie Duke Odom, Jerry Dyer, Cheryl Cason Taylor, Mitchie Jones (mostly obscured), Charlotte Hinds Brumley, Bruce Lee.




Let’s do this again sometime!

Bradley High School Ultimate Reunion, March 27, 2010 (Part 1 of 2)

An added feature during the Governor Conway Days celebration this year was the Bradley High School Ultimate Reunion, which took place in the fellowship hall of the Bradley Baptist Church beginning at 3:00 P. M. on Saturday, March 27, 2010.  The reunion featured all the classes from 1960 to 1970 and was attended by approximately 200 people.  Each of the classes had a table set up for it, some with memorabilia and old photos.

Below are some of the photos taken that afternoon.  As with previous posts, the caption refers to the photo under the caption.

The Givens brothers, Bill (William) and Oscar, both class of 1967.


The Adkins sisters, Nancy Adkins Kees (‘70) and Eddie Adkins Stout (‘63).


Glenda Knott Givens (‘69), David Byrd (‘67), and LaDonna Collier McLain (‘67).


Mary Harrist Crabtree (‘60) and Marie Russ (‘60).


Sister and brother Betty Jackson Cook (‘66) and Buddy Ray Jackson (‘65).


James Drake (‘62) and Gene Smith (‘60).


Linda Kay Bussey Pickler (‘65) and Patsy Collier Vines (‘64).


Marvin Cross (‘63) and John Dinkins (‘63).


Former Bradley High School faculty member Don McLaurin and his wife, Marion.


Earl Vickers (‘69) and Billy Bynum (‘69).


Cheryl Cason Taylor (‘65) and Patsy Collier Vines (‘64).


Susie Cochran Hargis (‘69), John Bishop (‘69), Vickie Powell Paige (‘69), Clyde Stephens (‘62) and Dolores Maness Grimes (‘69).


Next:  Group photos of some of the members of the classes of 1960, 1963, 1964, and 1965 who attended the reunion. 


Gov. Conway Days, March 27, 2010 (Part 2 of 2)

The Saturday parade was the largest in many years.  For the sake of neutrality, no politicians appear in the following photos, but they were present in abundance.

As with the previous post, all captions refer to the picture under that caption.

Mayor J. C. Williams once again invoked his perogative to drive the first vehicle in the parade.


Numerous law enforcement vehicles followed on crowded 4th Street/Highway 160.


The City of Bradley’s fire trucks were next.  Two of them are shown below.



The Lafayette County elected officials decided on a minimalist theme for this year.


The antique cars followed, two of which can be seen below.



Among the next group of vehicles were representatives of the Cochran Museum and the 7 and 8 softball team.



This piece of Allis-Chalmers farm equipment was rather unique.


And that’s Dickie Bishop on a John Deere tractor.  Sadly, Dickie and his wife, Judy, recently moved from Bradley to the wilds (and grandkids) of north Arkansas.


Several fire departments from the area also sent trucks to the celebration.  Among those were the Northeast Bossier, Plain Dealing, River Bend, Lake Erling and Lewisville Fire Departments.


Many motorcycles and horses also appeared in the parade.



Gov. Conway Days, March 27, 2010 (Part 1 of 2)

Bradley celebrated its 26th annual Governor Conway Days on March 27, 2010.  A beautiful day (for a change) and an election year (meaning politicians everywhere) combined for an excellent crowd and the largest parade in years.

(All captions for the following photos refer to the photo under the caption.)

The local constabulary was present to keep order.


The antique tractor show took place just north of the Post Office.



It was judged by the eagle eyes of Benny Hayes and Dickie Bishop.


The antique car show was set up near the Willis-Knighton Clinic.



The Cochran Museum experienced an excellent crowd.  Among the visitors was the preeminent expert on Bradley history, Glynn McCalman of Mandeville, Louisiana.


Other Museum visitors were brother and sister David Byrd and Diana Byrd Bryant.


Also in the Museum were Larry Burnett and Margaret Spence Cannon.


Jerrell Caskey points to his senior picture in the 1960 Bradley High School Yearbook.


The award-winning contraption in the photo below makes ice cream.


Next:  Parade.