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Lance Marcell Bradshaw, 47, of Moore, died Friday, Oct. 23 after a lengthy battle against cancer. Funeral services were Oct. 27 at Southgate Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Brewer officiating. Graveside services followed at the Katie Cemetery in Katie. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home. Mr. Bradshaw was born April 13, 1962 in Liberal, Kan., to Gale and Millie Bradshaw. He graduated from Noble High School in 1980, then served in the Army National Guard until 1983. Beloved by family and friends for his upbeat attitude and wild sense of humor, Mr. Bradshaw was a loving and devoted husband and father, and a dedicated member of Southgate Baptist Church. He was a die-hard University of Oklahoma football fan, who loved hunting and fishing and also collected Star Wars memorabilia. After serving in the United States Navy, he attended the University of Chattanooga in Tennessee, earning a bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in English. For a time he was a partner in Dimples Fun Fashions, a Chattanooga-based business featuring golf-themed clothing. He returned to Oklahoma in 1995, where he met Kelly Roady of Elmore City. The two married on April 26, 1997, and became the parents of two children, Lane, 9, and Emme, 4. He worked as a financial and loan officer for Beneficial Finance Company, in its Ardmore and Oklahoma City offices, and later held the same position with American General Finance Company in Oklahoma City. Mr. Bradshaw is survived by his wife, Kelly, and two children, Lane and Emme, all of the home; his parents-in-law, Charles and Sharon Roady of Elmore City, brother-in-law Michael Roady and his wife, Stacy, and brother-in-law Brian Roady. He also is survived by eight siblings: brothers Dale, Walter, Tim, Darren and Christopher Bradshaw; and sisters Melanie Evans, Olivia Hill and Gwynn Hernandez. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robin Bradshaw. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Mr. Bradshaw's name be made to the American Cancer Society.
Published on  October 29, 2009
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