Bernard Prentiss Radford, Sr.
Dec 16, 1949
Jun 29, 2021
Bernard Prentiss Radford, Sr., 71, of Louisville died Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at home surrounded by family and friends.
Visitation 4-6pm Monday July 5, 2021 at Greater Bethel Temple at 834 South 3rd Street. Funeral to follow at 6pm. Burial 10am Tuesday at Kentucky Veteran Cemetery. W. T. Shumake & Daughters Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Survivors his wife of 31 years, Tracey Radford, sons, McKinley Archie (Selena) and Sterling Radford, his daughters, LaShawna Sulivan-Taylor, Stacey Shaw and Brittany Carson, his siblings, Movinia Spencer (Floyd), Raymona “Dimples” Kinniebrew (Robert), and Pleasant Radford,Sr. (Inez). In addition, Bernard leaves behind his grandchildren who loved him dearly; Terry Hicks, Deandre Wharton, Triston Perkins, Breeana Perkins, McKinley Archie Jr., Mitchel Archie, and Charleigh Howard, and a host of family and friends.
Bernard Prentiss Radford, Sr. was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky “Hop-Town” to Raymond Lee and Elnora Radford on December 16, 1949. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Bobby Lee Mansfield, Robert Radford, his sister, Sybil Smith, his daughter Veronica Wharton, and his son, Bernard Prentiss Radford, Jr.
Bernard received his early education in Hopkinsville Kentucky and graduated from Christian County High School. He attended Mechanics Trade School. Bernard also enlisted in the United States Navy and will receive a full military burial to honor his years of service to his country.
In 1990, Bernard married Tracey Archie and on May 12th of this year they celebrated 31 years of marriage. In the words of his beloved wife, Bernard was the “Best Husband Ever!” Tracey and Bernard were the parents of 7 children; Veronica, Lashawna, McKinley, Brittany, Bernard Jr., Stacey and Sterling. In the words of McKinley, Bernard was “always there for his children.”
Bernard was a hard worker and always maintained gainful employment within his community. In addition to his formal work experiences, he often assisted others by repairing automobiles and making sure that the needs of others, especially seniors, widows and single mothers were met. The scripture that Bernard lived by is Ephesians 6:8- Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. Bernard worked for the Jefferson County Public School System and retired in 2013.
Bernard was baptized in Jesus Name and received the gift of the Holy Ghost in 1989. He loved his church family and served the house of God faithfully. Bernard frequently drove the church vehicles to transport the saints to and from church. He loved to sing and was a faithful member of both the Brotherhood and Pastor’s Choir. Bernard was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Suff. Bishop Rader Johnson. Recently, he was honored by the church for his love, dedication and years of service to Greater Bethel Temple Apostolic Church.
He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 31 years, Tracey Radford, his sons, McKinley Archie (Selena) and Sterling Radford, his daughters, LaShawna Sulivan-Taylor, Stacey Shaw and Brittany Carson, his siblings, Movinia Spencer (Floyd), Raymona “Dimples” Kinniebrew (Robert), and Pleasant Radford,Sr. (Inez). In addition, Bernard leaves behind his grandchildren who loved him dearly; Terry Hicks, Deandre Wharton, Triston Perkins, Breeana Perkins, McKinley Archie Jr., Mitchel Archie, and Charleigh Howard, and a host of family and friends. Bernard was a very personable man and met no strangers. He will be greatly missed.
The Heavenly Hope
Heb. 11:13 – These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth
July 7, 2021 10:00 AM
Kentucky Veteran Central Cemetery