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1942 James 2024

James Lee Bradshaw

February 9, 1942 — January 10, 2024

Pryor

 

James (Jim) Lee Bradshaw, a beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, passed away on January 10, 2024, in Pryor, Oklahoma. He was born on February 9, 1942, in Tulsa.  Jim had a remarkable and fulfilling life that touched the hearts of those around him. He graduated from Pryor High School in the Class of 1960. After graduating from Northeastern State University with a Bachelors in Economics, Jim dedicated his career to helping others as a social worker for DHS from 1969 until his retirement in 2002. His compassion and commitment to improving the lives of those less fortunate made a lasting impact on the community. He worked tirelessly to ensure the well-being of others and was highly respected for his contributions. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Jim had a zest for life that was contagious. He had an unparalleled love for fishing and spent many memorable hours by the water's edge. Jim's passion led him to create his own fishing lures, which he enthusiastically used during his fishing adventures. These moments provided him with fulfillment and tranquility. With a quick wit and clever jokes, he never failed to bring joy and laughter into any room he entered. His ability to find humor in everyday situations was admired by both family and friends. Jim married Rita Hendrickson in Tahlequah, Oklahoma on August 24, 1968. Family was at the core of Jim's heart. He cherished every moment spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His bond with them was immeasurable, radiating love unconditionally. When asked to describe his grandpa in one word, great-grandson Brantley, who Jim lovingly called Lightning, exclaimed "AWESOME," reflecting just how much Jim meant to those closest to him. Aside from his family devotion, Jim possessed an adventurous spirit that led him to auctions in search of "good deals." He enjoyed the thrill of bidding and took pride in finding treasures that may have otherwise gone unnoticed by others. His favorite saying exemplified his carefree attitude towards money: "It's just money." Jim understood the value of experiences and relationships far outweighed material possessions. Jim was a skilled handyman, capable of fixing anything that came his way. He possessed an innate talent for understanding mechanics, spending his time perfecting and building "a better mousetrap." His determination and resourcefulness were admirable qualities that enhanced his ability to create innovative solutions. The United States Air Force played a significant role in Jim's life, as he served with honor and dedication from November 29, 1960 until being honorably discharged in 1964. Throughout his service, he held the job title of Aircraft Missile Technician. His military service exemplified his selflessness and commitment to the values he held dear. Jim carried those ideals throughout his life, inspiring others with his strong sense of duty and patriotism. He leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and resilience. As we mourn his loss, let us also celebrate the beautiful moments shared with him. 

 

Jim is survived by his wife, Rita of the home; son, Steven Bradshaw and Becky of Pryor, Oklahoma; daughter, Jennifer Smith and husband Shayne of Salina, Oklahoma; brother, Larry Brim and wife Judy of Pryor, Oklahoma; 6 grandchildren, Colton and wife Jacklyn Bradshaw, Nathan and wife Brittany Smith, Cori Bradshaw, Tanner Smith and Channing Freeman, Ashlee Smith and Cody Atchison, and Cade Bradshaw; 8 great grandchildren, Emma Bradshaw, Brantley Smith, Preslea Nixon, Alana O'berg, Taylee Bradshaw, Lincoln O'berg, Riley Smith, and Mayzee Bradshaw; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Edna Mae Baker; his brother Don Moore and Kent Brim.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m,. Wednesday, January 17, 2024 in the Shipman's Funeral Home Chapel with Terry Brim officiating and  Colton Bradshaw, Nathan Smith, Tanner Smith, Cade Bradshaw, Tate O'berg, and Cody Atchison serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be Brantley Smith, David Brim, and Terry Brim. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at Shipman's Funeral Home in Pryor. To leave his family a message, please visit his Tribute Wall at www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman's Funeral & Cremation Service. 

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Shipman's Funeral & Cremation Service

1204 NE 1st St, Pryor, OK 74361

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Shipman's Funeral & Cremation Service

1204 NE 1st St, Pryor, OK 74361

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Burial

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Graham Memorial Cemetery

1664 N.E. 1st St, Pryor, OK 74361

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