Leon Bradley never served in office he was elected to
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Back in 1986, Leon Bradley was elected chairman of the Calhoun County commission, but never served a day. When the county was divided into five separate districts, the chairman position was abolished by a federal judge who said the chairman had to be rotated in from each district.

“I was the only man in 67 counties who never served the first day,” said Bradley. “They let the rest of them serve one term with the understanding that they would serve that one term and then their form of government would be changed to a rotating chairman.”

Bradley said he hasn’t completely discounted any possibility of running for public office again, but chances are slim that it will happen.

“I couldn’t run any more unless it’s for something fulltime,” he said. “I couldn’t run for a part time position and keep working where I am. When I ran before, I was a banker. Back then I would have left the banking business and been full time in office, but the way it turned out, I didn’t get the position and that’s how I ended up in the car business.”

For the moment, Bradley is perfectly content selling cars at Cooper Chevrolet in Anniston. He’s been there 17 years and said he likes his job very much.

“It’s enjoyable,” he said. “I get to deal with the public, and that’s what makes it so enjoyable.”

Bradley was born and reared in Piedmont. He graduated from Piedmont High School and attended Auburn University. He lives in Weaver with his poodles, Poncho and Sister. His parents are the late Willard and Mildred (Faulkner) Bradley. His brother, Steve, lives in Jacksonville.

He has two children. His daughter, Jana Gleaton and her husband Kerry live in Chelsea. Their children are Korey, Kolton and Kinsley. His son Will lives in White Plains. His children are Peyton and Addison.

Bradley attends Asberry Baptist Church in the Roy Webb community where he sings in a church group and sometimes sings solos.

When he said he sings in the church group, that’s what it’s called -- The Church Group.

For almost a year, Bradley has sung in a gospel quartet, Clearvision, with Tony Sheppherd, Shannon Studdard and Jay Peoples.

For many years, Bradley sang country music. He started singing mostly gospel about five years ago.

“I just kind of sang by myself, then I joined Clearvision,” he said.

The quartet sings at church reunions and revivals, nursing homes, benefits and other events.

His mother died in November. He had been thinking about recording a CD for her, but never found time to do it until recently. It’s called “For My Mama” and contains 11 gospel songs.

Bradley said that although he didn’t get to personally hand his mother a copy of the CD, there’s no doubt in his mind that she’s heard it. He said he did it “For My Mama.”

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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