David Allen “Pineknot” Bradley, 74, entered the gates of heaven Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. His funeral service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, at Broussard’s Mortuary, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. A gathering of his family and friends will be from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday, at Broussard’s.

Few men ever achieve the level of respect and love he mastered in his lifetime.  He was such a man.  He grew up on a farm in Big Sandy, Texas.  His teenage years were spent hauling pulp wood with his father.  But he would hear the call of the oilfields and it would become one of the loves of his life.

David, better known to most as “Pineknot,” worked thirty-eight years for Cormier Well Service in Orangefield.  The staff at Cormier and the people he met there became his second family.  Many Friday nights he would be found roller skating with the kids at Mannings Texas on Wheels.  Most kids there knew him as Paw Paw.

Southern gospel was a huge part of his life.  If he wasn’t telling a story, chances are, he’d be singing.  The Gaither Quartet was among his favorites.

David was married for fifty-three years to the woman he still called his bride, Barbara “Bobbie” Bradley.  Together they had three daughters, Charlene Bolen of Katy, Patty Gonsky and her husband Ed of Long Valley, N. J., and Linda Largent-Whitfield and her husband Darryle of Picayune, Miss.  He is also survived by brothers, C.L. “Bubba” Bradley and Curtis Bradley; and sisters, Sue Taylor and Maudeen Chamberlain.

He is preceded in death by his son-in-law, John Largent; brother, Leonard Bradley; and sisters, Faye Mooney and Skippy Holmes.

In a world of stick horses, roller skates, Mickey Mouse hats, toys, oilfield talk and stories, our lives have been blessed to have had him in it.  We were better people for having known him. We learned how to live life to its fullest. We celebrate his life and know he had a great time living it.

Memorial contributions may be made to Amelia Baptist Church, Children’s Ministry Fund, 8055 Brighton Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77707.

“He will wipe away all tears from their eyes and there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain.  All of that will be gone forever.”  Rev. 21