Mars Hill Academy Under The Teaching Of
Gospel Preacher In
South Central Tennessee
J.R. Bradley, of Lauderdale
county, Ala., was at Mars' Hill in 1878-9. He was well along in
years, and married when he entered school. His education in younger
days had been entirely neglected, and he was wholly without
financial resources, and his only means of support was hard manual
labor on the farm, as a renter or hireling. In school he applied
himself closely, and attained a fair degree of proficiency in
English grammar, logic, rhetoric, and general outline of history. he
developed an easy and impressive delivery, acquired a correct
knowledge of the doctrine of Christ, and came to understand the
leading doctrine of the different religious sects of modern times
with tolerable accuracy. On leaving school, he settled in Giles
county, Tenn., where he still resides. he has preached constantly
and very successfully in Giles, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties,
Tenn., and Lauderdale, Colbert, and Limestone counties, Ala. he has
baptized hundreds of people, and has been instrumental in
establishing many strong country churches in his field of labor.
-F.D. Srygley, Larimore and His Boys, c.1889, F.D.
Srygley, page 159
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Location Of The Grave
Of J.R. Bradley
J.R. Bradley is
buried in Fayetteville, Tennessee in the Rose Hill Cemetery. At the
intersection of US 431 and Hwy 64 heard west a couple blocks and the
cemetery will be on your right. Bear off to the right on Morgan Ave.
North to find the entrance. Drive through the main gate, go until
you come to the second grass road to the right. Luke for a large
burial vault above ground on left. Head NE toward the north side of
the cemetery only 4 or 5 graves off the street, on top of the hill.
Just west of his grave is a little step up (wall-18inches or so)
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Eld. J.R. Bradley
Sept. 3, 1846,
Sept. 9, 1923.
Resting Till The Resurrection Morn
Mary E. Bradley.
(Nee Liles) Wife Of
Eld. J.R. Bradley.
Born Jan. 28, 1848
April 4, 1911.
My loved one sleeps here
New Photos in 2010
C. Wayne Kilpatrick, A Descendant of J.R. Bradley
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