Lubbock church asks for help to bury veteran

Lubbock church asks for help to bury veteran

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Church of a Lubbock Air Force Veteran who died recently is asking for your help, to celebrate his life and honor his sacrifice.

Sgt. George Bradley, Jr. served our country for 20 years. Now, the church tells us he is without family in the area or funds for a proper memorial.

"Sergeant George Walter Bradley Junior was one of the most joyful exuberant people you would ever want to meet on the planet," said Pastor Michael White at Pilgrim Baptist Church. "He was just kind and compassionate and loving towards everybody."

Sgt. Bradley was born in New Orleans. He fell in love with Lubbock after serving in the Air Force, stationed at Reese Air Force Base. He lived on his own before passing last week.

"Our church, Pilgrim Baptist, we became his family and his neighbors were his family," Pastor White said. "We've been getting calls from people everywhere who are just shocked to learn about his passing and who of course want to participate in his celebration of life."

With no family here in Lubbock, and being such a sudden death, honoring and celebrating Sgt. Bradley's life has been a financial challenge.

"The funeral home that was responsible for George's remains had already gone about the process of getting him prepared and those costs, some expenses to be incurred. And there is no way to cover those costs," White said. 

The church is now asking for the public's help, for money to give Sgt. Bradley the proper burial and memorial service.

"At the moment it is at $3,500 dollars that we need," Pastor White said. "We've raised a little bit so far, but certainly not nearly enough to be able to meet that need."

On Saturday, Oct. 12 Mighty Wash at 82nd and Milwaukee will be donating 10 percent of its profits to help with funeral expenses. 

Veterans of Foreign Wars and The Military Order of the Purple Heart are also rallying, encouraging other veterans to attend his service and show support.

"We don't know him, but we know him," Benny Guerrero with the VFW said. "Because he raised his right hand just like we did. And when you raise that right hand you became my brother and my sister, it doesn't matter who you are."

The memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lubbock. 

Click here - for a GoFundMe to help with burial costs.

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