Cecil Lang Bradford Cecil Lang Bradford, age 68, was born in McCamey, Texas, in 1939 and died in Austin, Texas, on November 3, 2007. He graduated from McCamey High School and then attended Texas Tech University where he received a bachelors of science degree. Cecil met his bride Billie Harvey at Tech in 1961 and was married in 1962. After a brief stint as a teacher and school bus driver, he moved to Austin and worked at Jefferson Chemical before finding his passion as an Environmental Specialist at the Texas Air Control Board where he gave service for 25 years. Cecil and Billie have two children Kevin Bradford and Kelly Bradford. Cecil believed himself to be a seer, soothsayer, shaman, and bearer of the truth. This was an apparent lifelong gift as he frequently prefaced his advice with this phrase. Cecil worked closely with his father and brothers in the Bradford family house moving business and there were none better. Cecil loved his family and provided well for them. His true calling appeared to be fishing though he loved all of nature and the experiences it shared with him. He spent his early adulthood in plenty of tournaments and bass clubs but it was really later in life that he became a true master fisherman. He shared this gift with his family and with the kids through Kids Unlimited during the annual tournament at Fayette. Prior to this, he learned to be a "PaPa" which brought a different kindness and more patience as well as growth towards true love. Cecil loved critters of all kinds - two legged and four legged and those that swim and fly. He was always taken away with the wonder of life that the animals, birds, and fish brought to the world. During his life and especially towards the end, he became an observer of nature and continued his conservation orientation. He worked towards wildlife management for the deer, habitats for the fish, and plenty of feeding places for the birds and squirrels he loved to watch. It became clear as his walk in this world became slower, that he was extremely loved by his family and many friends. Cecil touched and made impressions upon many. He will be missed for his advice though it was not always taken. The list was short of the things he didn't know something about. He will be missed as the world's best "42" partner. He will be missed as husband, father, grandfather, and friend for there is no one better Cecil was predeceased by his parents Earl Allison Bradford and Mary Ethel Wells Bradford and his siblings, Arthur Lea Bradford, Earline Bradford, and Bobbie McKee. Cecil is survived by his wife, Billie Bradford of Austin; his son, Kevin Lang Bradford and wife Catherine Bradford of Round Rock; his daughter, Kelly Lynn Bradford of Weatherford; grandson, Allen Lang Bradford and wife Brandi of Mesquite, and granddaughter, Roxanne Collins and future fiancée Josh Herrin of Fort Worth; brother, Billy Bradford and wife Vera; sister, Joyce Pearce and husband Johnny; brother, Ronnie Bradford and wife Becky, and brother David Bradford and wife Cindy. Cecil is also survived by a special gaggle of nephews and nieces, as well as a brood of great-nephews and nieces. Lastly, by his moppy-haired dog, Mischief. We would like to thank family, friends and neighbors for all their kindness during Cecil's illness. The cards, phone calls, and visits have cheered him daily. The kindnesses were many and he enjoyed those who could stop by, visit with lunch, those who put the paper on the doorstep, and those who returned the garbage cans. Lastly there are those that showed truly special love by bringing his favorite foods, taking the time to play bridge or "42" (though he was hard to beat), talking to him daily about nothing in particular, and modifying the house to meet his needs. Visitation will be 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2007, at the Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville, with funeral service at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in the Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Kids Unlimited Foundation, 17531 Tall Maple Court, Houston, TX 77095. Tributes and condolences may be shared with Cecil's family at his memorial page at http://www.MeM.com
Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 11/5/2007.
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