Note: Published in Athens News Courier, November 12, 1968: Funeral for State Trooper Walter Earl Bradford, 51, of 1306 Cactus Street, Athens, was conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Market Street Church of Christ with Ministers A. J. Rollings and Burl Grubbs officiating. A large number of law enforcement officers from various parts of Alabama and Tennessee, as well as a hugh crowd of local persons, attended the service. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery with McConnell Funeral Home directing. Mr. Bradford died at 6:30 a.m. Friday in the Athens-Limestone Hospital where he had been admitted a fews days before when he suffered a heart attack. A native of Limestone County, Mr. Bradford began his career with the Alabama Highway Patrol on September 1, 1951, in Cullman County. He later was transferred to Limestone and had served here continuously since that time. He was a member of the Alabama Peace Officers Association. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Louise B. Bradford, Athens; one daughter, Mrs. Joe Beard, Dallas, Texas; two sons, Jimmy Bradford of Huntsville and Don Bradford of Athens; one granddaughter; his mother, Mrs. Elsie M. Bradford, Athens; three brothers, Roy Bradford of Decatur, a Morgan County Justice of the Peace and retired state trooper, Mac Bradford of Boone Hill, Tenn., and Lester Bradford of Lewisburg, Tenn. Pallbearers were J. J. Taylor, Bill Faulkner, Bob Patterson, Bill Paustian, John Evans and E. M. Parrish, all of the Highway Patrol.
Note: He died following a heart attack.
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