Sheddrick Charles Bradford, network manager in the College of Educational, Professional, and Graduate Studies at Grambling State University, was remembered on Saturday, Aug. 29.
The Song, “This is My Story, This Is My Song,” began in Ouachita Parish on January 18, 1970, when Seddrick was born. He is the son of Kenneth and Lula Bradford-Wesley. To his family and many friends, Sheddrick was affectionately called “Sheddy” or “Blue”. He grew to be a man who scattered love, joy, and service to God and his fellowman with his radiant smile.
The music quietly stopped on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at his residence. His unforgettable touch will be missed by all who knew and really loved him. Sheddrick has now fulfilled his purpose here on earth. His family and friends, though they may weep awhile, should rejoice and thank the Heavenly Father for the life he lived. Sheddrick attended Stonewall Baptist Church in Newellton, Louisiana and Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church of Simsboro.
As a young man, he learned that God is real and only God can fill a real need in his life. He went about his life doing good, giving help, spreading joy and hope to all he met. Sheddy was a faithful, regular worshipper at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and often volunteered in the church services. His desire to serve saw him join the Sunrise #114 of the Masonic Lodge in 1991.
Sheddy received his early education in Tensas Parish at the Routhwood Elementary School in Newellton. He was a student in the Gifted and Talented School at Northeast University, later ULM, in Monroe.
Sheddrick attended and graduated from Grambling High Laboratory High School n Grambling. His four years at Grambling Laboratory High School will be fondly remembered by the class of 1988 and all who interacted with him.
Bradford was an honor student, percussion section leader, a guard on the GHS basketball team, and president of his senior class. Sheddrick graduated from Grambling State University on May 17, 1992 with a bachelor of science in computer information system. He later became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
His employment included Laurens Glass (Simsboro); NASA Johnson Space Center (Houston), where he was the computer programmer for Russia, Paris, Italy and Germany and Grambling State University as a network technician manager. He was the administrator and one of the founders, along with Dr. John and Susie Jones, of Paradise Haven Assisted Living (Jackson, Miss.).
Sheddy was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard and Thelma Bradford and Georgia Wesley.
Cherishing his loving and gracious spirit are his loved ones: Kenneth and Lula Wesley; a sister Beverly Crawford (Kerry) of Simsboro; brothers Patrick Wesley (Monica) of Shreveport; Michael Bradford of Webster, Texas; Sheddrick was reared as a brother, rather than a nephew to his uncles and aunts: Clarence O. Bradford, Robert L. Bradford, William M. Bradford, Wade E. Bradford, Walter E. Bradford, Oscar C. Bradford, Thelma A. Bradford, Daisy Williams, Susie Jones (Sheddy’s second adorable Mother), Betty McSwain, Jerushie Cotton; Richard Bradford, David E. Bradford, Mary L. Turner, Glorille Bradford, and Cyretta Jones; Godfather: Claude Harris; God-sisters: Alexia Perkins, Keirra Bryan, and many more aunts, uncles, cousins and church family.