BRADLEY, Melvin Eu­gene,

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - REMEMBERING -

85, of Rich­mond, Va., was called home to be with the Lord on Novem­ber 6, 2018. He was pre­ceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Wil­liams; and step­fa­ther, Richard "Sonny" Wil­liams. Melvin was a lov­ing and de­voted hus­band, fa­ther and grand­fa­ther. He is sur­vived by his wife of 63 years, Bar­bara M. Bradley; daugh­ters, Sherry Cole­man (Gary) and Paula Bradley (Randy); grand­chil­dren, Candice Skeens and Justin Chavis; great­grand­chil­dren, Grant Skeens and Kynslee Chavis. Melvin is also sur­vived by his sis­ters, Dorothy Hall, Katholeen Beck, Mar­garet Riven­bark; brother, David Bradley; and his de­voted "furry" com­pan­ion, Sassy; many nieces and neph­ews and nu­mer­ous ex­tended fam­ily and friends. A spe­cial thank you to de­voted friends, Dee Reed and Bubba Carr. Melvin was a NASCAR vet­eran and started rac­ing in 1954 in Vir­ginia, North Carolina and Mary­land. He had a short stent in the Grand Na­tional Se­ries in 1962. "Mel" had many vic­to­ries in his ca­reer. He gained re­spect from the other driv­ers and was very thank­ful for his many friends dur­ing his ca­reer, un­til he re­tired from rac­ing in 1976. Melvin was a ded­i­cated em­ployee of South­side Glass Shop/ Bin­swanger Glass Co. of 50 years, when he re­tired in 1998. Melvin con­tin­ued to stay busy de­liv­er­ing cars and trucks for Sheehy Ford and Colo­nial Ford Truck un­til 2016. Melvin was a mem­ber of the ACCA Shriners, Ma­sonic Lodge Joppa # 40, Scot­tish Rite and the Vir­ginia Street Rod As­so­ci­a­tion. Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11, at Mor­ris­sett Fu­neral and Cre­ma­tion Ser­vice, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd., N. Ch­ester­field, Va. 23234. Melvin’s fu­neral ser­vice will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Mon­day, Novem­ber 12, at the Mor­ris­sett Fu­neral Home Chapel. In­ter­ment to fol­low in Dale Me­mo­rial Park. In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made in his name to South­side Bap­tist Church, 6000 Iron Bridge Rd., N. Ch­ester­field, Va. 23234.

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