Mr. M.Q. Bradford passed at his home Saturday morning. 

Funeral Services and Visitation:

 Old River- Baptist church

(off FM 1409) on Saturday

June 14, 2014

viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.

 funeral services to start promptly at 12 noon


A little about Mr. Bradford, who was a advocate of education and the preservation of history.  He accumulated many awards and recognition for his service to his community and Chambers County.


Chambers County Historical Commission held a Dedication Ceremony last Friday at George Washington Carver campus with a historical marker, recognizing the black education history of Chambers County.

Research conducted by Chambers County Historical Commission member Jean Epperson revealed the numerous black schools that existed in Chambers County, beginning in 1869.

M.Q. Bradford, a former student of the Winfree Elementary School in Barbers Hill School District, finished the eighth grade, attending from 1931 through 1939. When World War II broke out, he joined the U. S. Army, serving in the Europe campaigns and in the Pacific, attaining the rank of Tech Sergeant. After the War, Mr. Bradford went to work with Exxon, retiring after 35 years and five months. His education helped him to become a leader of the community of Old River/Winfree, where he served numerous years on the city council and Barbers Hill School Board. Mr. Bradford, who states that his faith is a big part of his life, is a life-long member of the St. Emily United Methodist Church.

“There is no limit to what one can achieve, if only with a limited education”, Mr. Bradford said. 
“I encourage all kids to get an education”.


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April 7, 1970 Baytown Sun Archives:

M. Q. BRADFORD, the first  Negro to be elected to the Barbers Hill School Board,