James “Jim” Melvin Bradley, 85 of Highlandville, passed away on December 21, 2022. 

On April 26, 1958, Jim was united in marriage to Dixie Patterson in El Frida, Arizona.  Jim ran a backhoe business. He graduated from Baptist Bible College in 1973 with a theology degree.  He was a lay pastor at Emanuel Baptist Church in Highlandville, Missouri. Jim and wife, Dixie, along with four other families built that church.  He was currently a member of Jamesville Baptist Church in Highlandville, Missouri.

Survivors include his wife, Dixie Bradley of Highlandville; three daughters, Jymie Jo Jimmerson of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Kelly Sue Lee and husband Tony of Springfield, Missouri and Laura Kay Parks and husband H. Edward “Eddie,” Jr. of Springfield, Missouri; grandchildren; Jayson Essick, Myles Essick, Jody Braden, Cathleen Spinabella, Kristina Lorence and Crystal Campbell. Great grandchildren Marshall Essick, Aubree Rayne Essick, Logan Essick, Aiden Essick, Kaitlyn Braden, Haylee Spinabella, Lora Spinabella, Ashlyn Spinabella, Jackson Lorence, Tinsley Lorence and Enrique “Kike” Campbell.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 29, 2022, at Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with Pastor Joe Sisneros officiating and Pastor Randy Milnes reading the Eulogy. 

Burial will follow in Jones-Chastain Cemetery in Highlandville, Missouri.  Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. immediately before the funeral at Adams Funeral Home,