Kenneth Raymond Brady, 84, educator and minister, passed away Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. Formerly of Ada, he resided in McAlester at the time of his death.
Mr. Brady was born Oct. 8, 1932, near Sulphur to William Jesse (Jake) and Minnie Ola (Prewett) Brady. He graduated from McLish High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954, then began his higher education at East Central University in Ada. He married Beverly Sue Hill Aug. 9, 1958, in McAlester.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science he began a teaching career in Marlow. Next was Turner Public School near Marietta. He then entered the University of Oklahoma, where he earned his Master of Science. He taught one year in Sulphur and four years at Eastern Oklahoma Junior College before returning to East Central University in Ada, where he joined the Math Department. With the exception of 1990-1992, during which he taught at Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas, he was at ECU until December 2003.
His ministry efforts were many. He served 14 years as state director of missions for the Baptist Missionary Association of Oklahoma. He also held many offices at the local, state and national level. Ordained in 1954, his first pastorate was at Big Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Wewoka. Over the years, the Lord led him to East High Hill in Tushka, Spears Chapel in Ryan, Jerusalem in Gerty, Shady Grove Missionary Baptist in McAlester, Rocky Point Missionary Baptist in Lula, Dolberg Missionary Baptist in Roff, Sunshine Missionary Baptist in Hickory, Harmony Baptist in Gerty and College Heights Baptist in Ada. At his passing, he was a member of Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church in McAlester.
Mr. Brady is survived by his wife of 58 years, Beverly; two daughters, Karla Beth Massingill and her husband, Kent, of Hurst, Texas, and Susan Lynne Davis and her husband, Jeff, of Warner; two sisters, Joyce Summers of Ada and Mary Ellen Hooser and her husband, John, of Lincoln, Arkansas; a sister-in-law, LaNelle Brady of Temple, Texas; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Hoyt, Harold and William Brady; two sisters, Faye Littlepage and Minnie June Griffin; and his father- and mother-in-law, Carl and Stella Hill.
An Ada service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Criswell Funeral Home. Viewing will be available before the service.
A service will also be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bishop Chapel of Memories in McAlester. Burial will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery north of McAlester.
Memorials may be sent to the Baptist Missionary Association of Oklahoma Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 5171, Ardmore, OK 73403.
Published on November 16, 2016