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Donald J. Bradley, age 80, of Lincoln Pines Resort, Gowen, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2010 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. The son of Doc & Ruth B. (Hunt) Bradley, he was born on July 18, 1929 in Greenville.

On June 20, 1952, at the Greenville Free Methodist Church, he was united in marriage to Falice A. Faye Tefft by her father, the Rev. H.O. Tefft. Together they raised two children while Don worked as a carpenter and building contractor. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and enjoyed volunteering for various projects at the church.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife of almost 58 years, Faye Bradley; their children, Douglas Jay (Vicki Lynne) Bradley of Greenville, and Gloria Ann (Kurt Jon) Bradley- Coon of Belding; two sisters, Dorothy I. Barber and Linda L. (James) Burgess, all of Greenville; three brothers, Harold W. Bradley of Davenport, Florida, James E. Bradley of Haines City, Florida, and Robert E. (Gerry) Bradley of Land of Lakes, Florida; five grandchildren, Angela Ann W. (Matt) Sansoterra, Daniel James (Amy) Bradley, Richard John (Missy) Marckini III, Jami Sarah (Tom) Marckini-Norton, and Kevin Joseph (Valerie) Coon; two step-grandsons, Eric Snyder and Brent Snyder; 12 great grandchildren with the 13th on the way; five step-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church, 12501 Montcalm Avenue N.E. (Countyline Road), Greenville, where the family will receive relatives and friends from 11:00 a.m. until time of services. The Rev. R. Mark Shaw will officiate and burial will follow at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to either the Benevolent Fund or Building Fund at Calvary Baptist Church or to Alpha Womens Center. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Dons online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.

The Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Greenville, is serving the family.


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  1. Anonymous on May 22, 2010 at 12:00 am


    05/29/2010 –

    Doug & Barbara Wood

    Falice, Don was such a joy to be around, it has been nice knowing and being with you both. You both are very special to us and think alot of you! Take care and know that your in our prayers and thoughts during this time. Love you!! DOug & Barbara

    05/25/2010 –

    Brenda Thompson

    Faye & Family: Our prayers and much love go out to you at this time. Don will be missed greatly. Jim & Brenda Thompson family and Mary Rich Gary and Tracy Rich family

    05/25/2010 –



    05/25/2010 –

    Rick & Deanna Coon

    Faye, Gloria & Kurt, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We pray that your Husband and Dad rest in Peace.

    05/25/2010 –

    The NItengales

    Faye- So sorry to hear of your loss of Don, but know that he is rejoicing in heaven right now. Praying for you during this time of sorrow.

    05/25/2010 –

    Lou and Salliann McConnell

    Dear Faye and Family; My sincere sympathy goes out to you all. I always looked forward to seeing you both on Sunday’s. I will pray that the Lord will comfort you and give you strength to go through this difficult time. He has reached his ultimate goal. Praise God, we will see him again.

    05/25/2010 –

    alyssa bradley

    My thoughts and prayers will be with you all during your loss. I am sorry but I will not be able to make it tomorrow. He will be greatly missed.

    05/24/2010 –


    Falice, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at your time of loss.
    Proverbs 3:5 Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding.
    In Christ’s love, Mick and Jeanne Bellinger

    05/24/2010 –

    Iva & Edward Norton

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. It was our pleasure to have Don as part of our extended family. He will be missed greatly


    I would like to send my condolence to the Bradley family. In times like this I reflect on the God’s promise in John 5;28,29 of a resurrection of our dead loved ones. I hope this note brings you comfort at this time.

    Bonnie Miller

    Faye, so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I always looked forward to seeing you both in church and Don’s big smile and hugs. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Karen Weeks

    Please accept my very deepest sympathy. My heart is aching for you all. Unfortunately, because of a recent bout of the flu and my chemo treatments, I will not be able to attend services. I hope that you all find comfort in your many happy memories. I am sending you all hugs, Love, Karen(Hamilton) Weeks

    Tammy Burgess Johnson

    I just wanted to say publicly how much Uncle Don meant to me. I cannot express the depth of the pain in my heart over this.Jeff and I would see Uncle Don and Aunt Felice in Meijer it never failed that I would get the biggest bear hug from him. He made me feel like THE most important person at that very moment. I suspect that every one felt that way in his presence. As a fellow July birthday I felt a special kinship to him. I will forever miss him and I hope that Aunt Felice knows how much I love her.

    Judy Tharp

    I’m so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. May you find comfort in knowing that he is with his Heavenly father now. He is in a glorious place where there is no more suffering or sorrow. Knowing that is what brought me comfort at the recent passing of my mother.
    You are in my prayers during this difficult time.
    In Christian Love,
    Judy Tharp

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