Wilbur Hayes Bradley, 32°
He married his present wife, Patsy Marie Watt, on May 19, 1950 in the First United Methodist Church in Noel, Mo. and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversery in 2000. They have two living daughters, Sherri Jo Harding and husband, William, of Naples, Fl. and Lesli Ann Bare of Springfield, Mo. They have two Grandsons, Bradley Alan Bare and Tyler Austin Bare. A son, Richard Lyle Bradley, died at birth from a heart defect in 1957.
Wor. Bro. Bradley was raised as a Master Mason in Laclede Lodge #83, Lebanon, MO. Then joined the Scottish Rite bodies n Joplin, Mo. and the York Rite Bodies in Lebanon, Mo. and Springfield, Mo.. He was invested with the rank and decoration of Knight Commander Court of Honour in . He served in all of the chairs except Treasurer of Laclede Lodge #83 and was Worshipful Master in . He served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Masonic Temple Association in Lebanon for many years. He was Secretary of Laclede Lodge #83 two different times for a total of six years.
Wor. Bro. Bradley was a leader in the formation of the Laclede County Shrine Club in Lebanon and served as the first Rajah.H led the Club through the decision to form the Laclede County Shrine Club Keg Patrol with approval ] from the Abou Ben Adhem Temple in Springfield, Mo. Wor. Bro. Bradley is Semi-Retired from his business of the past 30 years, B+D Truckport in Lebanon, Mo. He was a schoolteacher for 3 years, retired early from the former Skelly Oil Company of Kansas City, Mo. after serving in many management positions before coming to Lebanon to purchase a business. He has served on the bank board of Commerce Bank of Lebanon, United Savings and Loan in Lebanon,Mercantile Bank of Lebanon , and presently of Firststar Bank of Lebanon. He served as Chairman of the government affairs committee of the National Association of Truck Stop Operators in Washington, D.C. for many years. He is still semi-active in that association. He has served on many important committees for the City of Lebanon and was a former city councilman and chairman of the city zoning and planning board. He was chairman of the new Laclede County Jail construction committee after working very hard to sell the voters of Laclede County to pass a sales tax for the new courthouse and jail project. He worked hard on the new Civic Center and worked very closely with former Mayor Kenneth Cowan on that project. Wor. Bro. Bradley is still active in all Masonic bodies at present.