Clarence James Bradshaw, Sr., 89, of Mexico, passed away at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 at the Missouri Veterans’ Home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Mexico with the Rev. Dr. Ayanna Shivers officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation is Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of service at the church.

Clarence was born Dec. 17, 1928, in Elsberry, the son of Arthur and Addie Mae (Teague) Bradshaw. On April 1, 1951, he married Frances Estelle Richardson at Ward Chapel AME Church in Mexico. She preceded him in death on May 5, 2004, after 53 years of marriage.

Mr. Bradshaw attended Elsberry Schools and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a Medic during the Korean War. During his service, he was stationed in Germany and Kentucky. Upon returning from the military, he worked for A.P. Greens as a brickCla setter in the kiln department, retiring after 40 years of dedicated service.

Clarence was a member of St. Luke UMC for over 60 years, holding several positions in the church. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Mexico/Columbia, where he served as a Worshipful Master. Clarence was also an Associate Patron of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 112.

Mr. Bradshaw was a hard worker, great provider for his family and adored all of his grandchildren. He was well-respected in the community and was easily recognized when riding around town with his license plates “CJ BRAD”.

Survivors include his children, Clarence (Patty West) Bradshaw, Jr. of Seattle, Wash., Sara Bradshaw of Columbia, Adrain (Michelle Huffstetler) Bradshaw of Columbia, Karen Hale of Mexico, and Art (Alexandria) Bradshaw of Mexico; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Frances, Clarence was preceded in death by one son, David Bradshaw; one grandson, Tymond Bradshaw; three brothers, Vivien Bradshaw, Julius Bradshaw and Jesse Bradshaw; and four sisters, Mary Bradshaw, Frances Bradshaw, Grace Chambers and Coraleigh Burbridge.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Luke UMC, c/o Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, Mo. 65265.

Arnold Funeral Home in Mexico is handling the arrangements. Condolences at www.arnoldfh.com