Jesse Russell “J.R.” Bradshaw, 82, of Poplar Bluff, formerly of Whitewater and Delta, went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.

A veteran of the Korean War, he departed this life on Veteran’s Day. He served his country in the U.S. Army as a private from 1953 to 1955.

He was born March 25, 1933, in Delta to Ralph and Martha Hester Bradshaw. A graduate of Delta High School, he accepted Christ as his Savior as a teenager at the First Baptist Church in Delta.

J.R. and Mary Belle Mouser were married May 11, 1958, at Mountain View Church in Marquand. They raised their five children to be honest, hardworking and willing to help others.

J.R. did whatever it took to help make ends meet when providing for his family. He worked for Sam Tanksley Trucking, May Greene School as a custodian and in housekeeping for five years at Saint Francis Medical Center before he retired.

J.R. enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years. He later loved taking family and friends out to eat.
Loving survivors include four children: Ellen (Greg) Hager of Poplar Bluff, Elzena Simmons of Cape Girardeau, Ellis (Trenna) Bradshaw and Eston Bradshaw, all of Whitewater; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Maebell (Alvin) Schearf of Delta, Mablene (Junior) Bartels of Whitewater and Martha Lou (Bob) Nelson of Cape Girardeau; and a host of other family and friends.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his eldest son, Eric (Ellen’s twin); two brothers, Ralph “Eddie” and Darrell Bradshaw; and a sister, Emodean Hoffmeister.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, November 20, 2015, at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 21, 2015, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Mike Huffman officiating, assisted by the Rev. Clifton Trentham.

Burial, with military honors, will follow at Kenyon Cemetery at Delta.

Memorials may be made to the Kenyon Cemetery in care of Maebell Schearf.

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  1. Kevin McCarter

    Ellis please accept my deepest condolences. If there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to ask. Although I did not meet your father, the way he raised his son tells me a lot about him.

  2. Butch Koeppel

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  3. Karen and Bob Kranawetter

    Eston and family– you have our sympathy on the loss of your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers

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