The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 12, 2012

Lee Roy Bradfield


Lee Roy Bradfield, age 81, Seneca, Mo., passed away on Monday, April 9, 2012, at his home after a lengthy illness.

Lee Roy was born Feb. 24, 1931, in Goodman, Mo., son of the late Vess Bradfield and Goldie Bradfield. He worked as a truck driver for Shank’s Fruit and Rolla Walker.

He married Nancy Irlene Howerton on Jan. 11, 1955, in Miami, Okla., and the couple moved to California. While in California, he worked as a mechanic for a Volkswagen dealership and he worked in an Agitator Shop installing appliances for several years before being involved in an industrial accident that caused his disability.

The couple returned to Seneca in 1972, and built their home. He acquired many friends over the years and was known to work on their lawnmowers and other small engines from time to time. He was a member of Reinmiller Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, Lee Roy was preceded in death by a brother, Lathe Bradfield.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Nancy Irlene Howerton Bradfield; sons, Rick Leroy Bradfield and Dale Edward Bradfield, of Joplin; daughter, Carol Case, of Baxter Springs, Kan.; grandchildren, Nathan Case, of Baxter Springs, and Justin Case, of Joplin; sisters, Etta Marie Morgan, of Miami, Okla., Mary Hembree, of Joplin; brothers, Jim Burtrum, of Miami, Bill Burtrum, of Miami, Ray Burtrum, of Lebanon, Mo., Rex Burtrum, of Miami, and John Burtrum, of Miami; nephew, Stephen Bradfield, of Joplin; and nieces, Karen Bradfield and Sharon Bradfield.

Graveside services will be Friday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Larry Sparks officiating.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Online condolences may be made at

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