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Joel Eugene Bradford

of Little Rock, AR, 1940 - 2022

JOEL EUGENE BRADFORD, 81, of Little Rock, passed away September 24, 2022. He was born in Piggott to Glover Eugene and Neva Carmen Cox Bradford who predeceased him along with an infant brother. He was a true "bargain-hunter," happiest at estate sales and auctions or when he was with his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. He was a computer programmer and a member of Chenal Valley Baptist Church.
Joel is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rita Forrest Bradford; daughters, Peggy Vaughan (Alan) of Bryant and Sandy Trantham (Troy) of Benton; sisters, Ella Jean Mack of Piggott and Lyn Benson (Dan) of Tyler, Texas; brother, Mel Bradford (Jackie) of Little Rock; grandchildren, Kristen Dodderer (Derek) of Garland, Texas, Jared Vaughan (Alex) of Benton, Tanner Trantham (Audra) of Brevard, North Carolina and Kayce Trantham (Justin Lee), of Benton; great-grandchildren, Lilah, Amelia, Theodore, and one on the way, Huitt; and a host of wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 29 from 5-7 p.m., at Smith Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct. His funeral service will be Friday, September 30 at 11 a.m., at the funeral home, followed by interment at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Alexander. Pastor Allen Morton will officiate. Memorials may be made to Chenal Valley Baptist Church, 1800 Rahling Rd., Little Rock, Ark., 72223 (
Arrangements by Smith Little Rock Funeral Home. Online guestbook at:

Published September 28, 2022

Smith Little Rock Funeral Home
8801 Knoedl Ct., Little Rock, AR
Phone: 501-224-2200