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Official Obituary of

The Right Reverend Bose Bradford

January 17, 1936 ~ March 15, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

The Right Reverend Bose Bradford Obituary

The Journey of His Life

The Right Reverend Bishop Bose Bradford, a Prophetic Voice was silenced on this earth, a Voice that gave the earth Grace and Mercy, a voice that rung out with Patience and great Love,  known as the Proclaimer of the Gospel, one who was not ashamed to Preach the gospel, who was committed and faithful to the gospel for over 60 years, affectionately known as “My Bishop” to those he touched with his boundless love and faith, gave up his earthly rights and departed from his Physical realm and exchanged it for His Earthly Celestial, on March 15, 2024.  Born on February 10, 1936, in the humble town of Oakland, Mississippi, he was an inspiration of light and hope, guiding his flock with a gentle hand and a heart brimming with God's love.

Bishop Bose Bradford was born to the holy union of the late Mr. Dock and Mrs. Estelle Bradford, who instilled in him the values that would become the cornerstone of his life's work. He journeyed from Mississippi to St. Louis in 1954, where he continued his formal and college education and resided with his late brother Luss and his sister-in-law Sarah Bradford, who called him son. In 1958, at the age of 21, he experienced a life-changing spiritual transformation, receiving salvation and the Holy Ghost under the guidance of Pastor John Williams.

His dedication to service extended beyond the church as he honorably served his country as a medic in the United States Army. Upon his return, Bishop Bradford united in holy matrimony with the late Mother Ethel Faye Bradford, and their loving union was blessed with a daughter, Elaine. His commitment to his family was matched only by his devotion to his calling.

Bishop Bradford's professional journey was marked by 28 years of dedicated service at Famous Barr where he retired, alongside various other employment that supported his mission. His true vocation, however, was within the walls of Pure Gospel Temple in Pine Lawn, where he served with distinction in numerous roles, culminating in his consecration as Bishop in the United Holy Church of America on May 7, 1982. His tenure as the first District President of the Central Western District was noted for his collaborative efforts with community leaders, law enforcement, and his receipt of numerous accolades, including the prestigious Seal of the Senate from the State of Missouri and the Humanitarian Award.

Under his pastoral leadership, Pure Gospel Temple thrived as a place of "Sowing, Growing, and Glowing," reflecting his vision for a church that nurtured both the spiritual and natural growth of its members. On July 3, 2010, Bishop Bradford and Pastor Katherine Bradford was given the Divine Favor of God to meet in Milwaukee, WI. After much Prayer and falling deeply in Love, Bishop and Katherine would be joined in Holy Matrimony within 107 days. Since that time Bishop and Pastor Katherine Bradford have continued to work as a “United Force in the Kingdom of GOD, helping to transform lives.  In 2019, Pastor Katherine Bradford was installed as his successor, a testament to his forward-thinking leadership.

Bishop Bradford's legacy is one of love, service, and a steadfast commitment to the gospel. Known as a "Man after God's own Heart," he was a proclaimer of the Word with a pastoral experience spanning over 60 years. His influence extended to his role as an affiliated member of the United Holy Church Council of Bishops, the honorary father of Bishops of ECOBAL, and his community engagement, including serving as a Director of the Florissant, Missouri Fire Department and serving with the Police Department.

His message resonated with all who were blessed to encounter him, and he was lovingly called the "PROCLAIMER," a preacher unashamed of the gospel and prepared for God's calling. Celebrants at a past birthday reflected on his impact, saying, "I got to celebrate THEE Bishop Bose Bradford!! Oh, what a blessing you have been to many generations.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 was his favorite scripture.  Bishop Bose Bradford was a Prolific Preacher, A Husband, A Father, A Grandfather, An Overseer, A Community Activist, and a Friend. 

Bishop Bradford leaves to cherish his great memories and legacy, his loving and devoted wife, Pastor Katherine Bradford who he adored and protected; his Daughter,  Elaine (Vaughn) Shivers who he cherished; Shared Sons, Archbishop Devin (Nadine, Devin Jr., and Caleb) Owens, Desmond (Allie, Desmond, Mylasha, Alex) Henley, and Dionte (Ravine) Henley; Granddaughter, Jordan (Khalif) Stevenson;  Brother, Sam (Letha) Bradford; Sisters, Mary Bradford and Effie (Henry) Bouie; brothers-in-law, Clarence (the late Lorene) Young and Derrick (Joyce) Moore; Sister-in-law, Delisa Bond; Goddaughters, Oral Lee and Ora Bell Akins; Godsons, Elder Willis Eldridge Wright Sr., and Kelvin (Regina) Baucom; and a host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Friends, The membership of PURE GOSPEL TEMPLE, The United Holy Church of America, Ecobal, where he served as the Father of the Bishops Council and Co-Founder of Lifter of the Head Ministry; Spiritual Daughters,  Larita Barnes Rice, Ms. Phebe Hines, and Shauntel Dorsey: and one Special Adjutant who served Bishop in “LIFE AND TRANSITION” Elder Rodney Reavling.

Bishop Bose Bradford's legacy lives on through his loved ones and the communities he served, both in the earthly realm and in glory. His presence will be deeply missed, but his impact will continue in the hearts and lives of those he touched.

Bishop Bose Bradford was a faith-filled, loving, and thoughtful servant of God, whose life's work forever changed the landscape of countless hearts and souls. His passing has left a void, but his spirit continues to inspire us to live with purpose, love without limits, and serve with the same passion that he exemplified every day of his remarkable life. As we bid farewell to this mighty man of God, we rejoice in the knowledge that his legacy will endure through the lives he touched and the love he shared. Rest in glory, My Bishop, until we meet again.

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Lie In State
April 6, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Pure Gospel Temple Church
6279 Natural Bridge Road
Pine Lawn, MO 63121

Episcopal Homegoing Celebration
April 7, 2024

5:00 PM
Faith Miracle Temple Church
870 Pershall Road
Saint Louis, MO 63137

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April 8, 2024

12:30 PM
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
2900 Sheridan Road
Saint Louis, MO 63125


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