April 3, 1992 - January 9, 2013
Born from the wedded union of Valerie A. Beavers and the late Daryl B. Matthews, Bradley was welcomed into this world with great anticipation on April 3, 1992. All were excited about his arrival, but none more than his older brother Blair and his cousin Brandon. From the beginning Bradley faced many challenges and yet managed to bring joy to all who encountered him. He was the family prankster, joke master, and eternal optimist who saw beauty in the most mundane things. Family was extremely important to Bradley, he especially loved spending time with his grandparents; with “Cat”, he loved their all day movie marathons and special treats, with “Mum”, it was her silly songs and their planned pranks, and with “Grand Daddy”, Bradley was fearless and experienced unlimited adventures. He was extremely happy when his cousin Desiree was born, he then had someone to boss, teach and follow his every instruction. They truly loved each other. Bradley was an awesome brother to Blair and Blair was a phenomenal brother to Bradley. Their love for one another was witnessed by all who encountered the two. When Blair was disabled from an accident, Bradley lovingly cared for him. He physically carried Blair up and down stairs and attended to his every need. Later, when Bradley required assistance, without hesitation Blair stepped up and became his eyes and his legs. Bradley also loved his church family. He looked forward to engaging with everyone who stopped by to encourage and chat with him. But more than his relationship with each of you, Bradley loved the Lord. He had a deep and abiding faith that carried him and strengthen him throughout his journey. His faith walk began at an early age, he was baptized at the age of 1 at St. Sabina Church. Walking down the aisle together, the brothers made their confession of faith together at the ages of 3 and 5 years old. For Bradley, it was simple; Jesus loved him. Jesus died for him. And Bradley needed him, so trusting Jesus was easy. Bradley so loved the Word of God that before he lost his sight he read the Bible voraciously. When he could no longer read for himself he enjoyed his mother reading to him. He then learned Braille and read it for himself or listened via tapes, iPod, radio or computer. Bradley was a faithful member at St. Sabina Church where he served with the Altar Servers, God Squad, Social Service Ministry and participated in every church activity that was accessible to him. Bradley loved his Pastor, Fr. Michael Pfleger and made a point of lifting him up in prayer and telling him a new joke every week. Bradley was blessed to have many families; his birth family, church family and his school family. Bradley attended “Yes, I Can” Learning Center, where they helped strengthen the foundation of faith already laid in Bradley's life. At Stone Christian Academy his faith grew stronger and he was loved and nurtured by one of his favorite teachers, the late Mrs. Darnell. As Bradley met more physical challenges, he needed a school that could cater to those needs and one where he could thrive. The Illinois School for the Visibly Impaired (Jacksonville, Illinois) met those needs. Bradley thrived at ISVI, he fully engaged and experienced life without limitations. The administration, teachers and dorm parents created an environment that loved, nurtured, taught, and brought out the very best in Bradley. He excelled at ISVI, he was on the swim, wrestling, and track teams. He was a member of the Accelerated Reading Club, Boy scouts, Class President, and he proudly worked at the Activity Center and the school switchboard. Bradley received his yellow belt in Judo and enjoyed piano lessons. He was also gifted with creativity and had a passion for telling jokes, art, drawing, reading and story writing. His excellent memory and his keen ability to recognize voices and touch was simply an astounding gift from God. In 2010, Bradley graduated from ISVI High School with honors. He received various scholarships for his academic abilities, including a $10,000 award from the Lighthouse for the Blind. He was also a “Make a Wish” recipient in 2009. Bradley eagerly attended Malcolm X College where he was a 2nd year student excited about the upcoming semester. Bradley's father, Daryl B. Matthews and his maternal grandparents, James and Doris Beavers preceded him into eternity. He leaves to cherish his memory; his loving mother, Valerie A. Beavers; brother, Blair C.B. Matthews; grandmother, Catherine Matthews; aunt Vanessa Matthews; uncle James Beavers, Jr.; aunt Brenda Beavers; uncle Stanford Beavers, and cousins Brandon Beavers, Sr., Desiree Beavers, Brandon Beavers Jr. and Bryson Beavers, a host of great aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends. And his beloved dog Scotty.
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