| Hiram Fielding|
"Hymie" Bradford, II
|Born|| June 21, 1940 |
|Died|| October 27, 2017 (aged 77) |
Pineville, Rapides Parish
|Spouse|| (1) Divorced|
(2) Cheryl Dupree Bradford (married 2004-2017)
Hiram Fielding Bradford, II, known as Hymie Bradford (June 21, 1940 – October 27, 2017), was a businessman and educator in his native Alexandria, Louisiana, particularly known as an area sports broadcaster with a unique style and special flair. Since 2014, he had announced the basketball games for the Louisiana State University at Alexandria Generals and served in the same capacity for many years for his alma mater, Southern Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College in Pineville, at which he broadcast football and basketball. He was also a fixture for Cenla Broadcasting from 1986 to 2016.
A son of Glenn Ulrich Bradford, Sr. (1903-1981), and the former Madelyn LaBorde Bradford Sibley (1917-2008), he graduated in 1958 from Pineville High School, at which he was the president of his senior class and a member of the school band and co-captain of the basketball and baseball teams. In 1966, he graduated from Louisiana College with a degree in physical education and journalism. At LC, he was the leading golfer for the Wildcats. A former president of the LC Alumni Association, he was inducted in 2010 into the LC Hall of Fame.
In addition to his announcing activities, Bradford was a board member and president of the Central Louisiana Chapter of Life Underwriters. He was a life insurance agent for more than forty years. He was a short-term manager of the golf course at Fort Polk near Leesville in Vernon Parish in western Louisiana. In 2003, he retired from the Rapides Parish school system after having taught and coached in the elementary grades.
From 1962 to 1989, Bradford was a champion local golfer. Indeed, golfing seemed to run in his family. His namesake grandfather, Hiram Bradford, I (1872-1948), an Alexandria real estate broker, founded the since abandoned Old Rapides Golf and Country Club course in Pineville on a thousand acres that he shared with Greenwood Memorial Park. The nine-hole course with tight fairways was uprooted in 1960 because the cemetery needed land to expand. Another course was built off Louisiana Highway 1 North, but it closed in 2003.
At the time of his death, Bradford was residing in Pineville with his second wife of thirteen years, Cheryl Dupree Bradford (born August 27, 1949), formerly Cheryl Corley. He had three children from a previous marriage that ended in divorce, Randall Beauregard Bradford and wife, Melissa, Camille Bradford Zander and husband, Scott, and Alison Bradford Strojny and husband, Stephen. He also had two step-sons, Glenn Douglas “Doug” Corley and wife, Michele, and Christopher “Chris” Corley; four grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren.
Bradford died at his residence at the age of seventy-seven and is interred at Greenwood Memorial Park in Pineville, as are his grandfather and other family members.
- Former area broadcaster Hymie Bradford dies. The Alexandria Town Talk (October 31, 2017). Retrieved on February 18, 2020.
- Hiram Fielding "Hymie" Bradford, II. Old.findagrave.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2018.
- Bob Tompkins (January 16, 2015). Buried lies (and truths) discovered at old golf course. The Alexandria Town Talk. Retrieved on February 26, 2018.