Charles “Wesley” Bradford

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Mr. Charles “Wesley” Bradford Jr., 87, of New Church, went into the arms of the Lord on Feb. 17, 2023, from a short battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his loving wife, daughter, son, and daughter-in-law. He was born on Chincoteague on Nov. 11, 1935, and raised on the island. He was the son of the late Charles W. Bradford Sr. and Oneida Earl Bowden Bradford of Chincoteague.

Wesley was a member of Union Baptist Church, Chincoteague, and many organizations such as Accomack Masonic Lodge 243, Royal Arch Chapter 75, Khedive Shrine, Eastern Shore of Virginia Shrine Club, Portsmouth Scottish Right, Eastern Shore Scottish Right, American Legion Post 159, Pocomoke City Elk Lodge 1624. Wesley also served in the United States Air Force.

Wesley is survived by his wife, Peggy Ann Bradford, and children, Chuck (Michelle) Bradford, and Cindy Bradford, all of New Church. Wesley has six grandchildren: Heather Thompson (Keith) of Marion Station, Md., Jimmy Landon (Julie) of Westover, Md., Jessica Bonniwell (Jeremy) of Melfa, Janna Landon of Pocomoke City, Md., Chad Bradford of Wilmington, Del., and Mallory Bradford of Crisfield, Md. Wesley has nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Annette Bradford Rudd of Salisbury, Md., an aunt, Ada Bowden Carr, and uncle, George Bowden; nieces, nephews, and cousins, along with many lifelong friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brother Bill Bradford, and sisters Betty Bradford Snell and Peggy Bradford Watson.

Services were held at Salyer Funeral Home, Chincoteague, Feb. 21, 2023, at 2 p.m., and burial followed at Downing Cemetery, Oak Hall, with the Rev. Donnie Bailey officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Khedive Shine Center Transportation Fund, 645 Woodlake Dr., Chesapeake, VA 23320.

Services were entrusted to Salyer Funeral Home Inc., Chincoteague. Condolences may be made online at

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