Former natural resources secretary Carl Bradley dies

July 02, 2015 | | Comments 0

By Jack Brammer

FRANKFORT – Carl Bradley, who was state natural resources secretary in the administration of the late Gov. Wallace Wilkinson, died Thursday at his home in Hattiesburg, Miss. He was 89.

Bradley’s son, David Bradley, confirmed the death. He said his father died of natural causes and had turned 89 on Tuesday.

Carl Bradley served in the Wilkinson administration from 1988 until he resigned in October 1991.

Bradley, a native of Muhlenberg County, was named natural resources secretary soon after Wilkinson took office. He had been an assistant to the natural resources secretary for a year before that.

He formerly had worked in the state Transportation Cabinet, the Department of Highways and the old Revenue Department.

Bradley served in the Army in World War II and the Korean War. In 1953, he was graduated from the University of Kentucky.

Bradley was parks commissioner for Jefferson County when the county was hit hard by tornadoes in April 1973.

His son said Bradley was “as proud of the tornado clean-up as anything he had done.”

Bradley also worked in the coal industry.

A private memorial service for Bradley will be held in Hattiesburg, Miss., his son said.

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