The Oakwood community, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church at large, has lost a legendary leader. Dr. G. Alexander Bryant, President of the North American Division, and Dr. Ron C. Smith, President of the Southern Union, are among the several church leaders who reflected on the life and ministry of Dr. Charles E. Bradford in an article in the Adventist Review.

“Elder Bradford was a spiritual giant among us. The impact of his legacy and ministry can never be fully measured or ascertained. It continues in the lives of generations of leaders, pastors, and members who have been influenced and inspired by his life,” Bryant said. “He always encouraged us to excel in our God-given talents and assignments.”

Bryant added, “Elder Bradford had a rare collection of passion, grace, power, and humility. He made an incalculable impact on our lives, our church, and our world. Indeed, a prince of Israel has passed away, but his legacy lives on.”

In tribute to the passing of of this wise servant of God, President Leslie Pollard shared his memories of Dr. Bradford, and sends condolences to the family.

On behalf of the Bradford family, we announce the following services:

Friday - September 24, 2021 - 12:30 p.m.
Burial at Oakwood University Memorial Gardens Cemetery is open to the public.

Sunday - October 3, 2021 - 12:00 noon

Memorial service at the Oakwood University Church

The burial and memorial service will both be livestreamed on the Oakwood University Church (OUC) website:( and the OUC YouTube page.

Cards and messages of condolence may be sent to:

Mrs. Ethel Bradford
110 Westin Place
Madison, Alabama 35756

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to:

Oakwood Adventist Academy
7000 Adventist Blvd., NW
Huntsville, Alabama 35896

To make donations online, visit:

Your charitable donation in honor of Elder Bradford will afford young people to receive a quality Christian Education, one of the core values of Elder Bradford’s ministry.