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Gregory M. Bradley

Gregory M. Bradley, 40, of Meeker, Okla., passed away unexpectedly on January 26, 2003, of complications from an infection. Greg was President and CEO of B & B Worm Farms, Inc., a multi-million dollar company that he founded with his wife of eight years, Lynn Bradley. Because of Greg's passion and vision, B & B has become the largest grower of earthworms in the world. The company is devoted to both vermiculture (the raising of earthworms) and vermicomposting (the conversion of waste material to an organic soil enhancement using those worms). The company currently has more than 2400 growers in 43 states. There are also 20 distribution centers that support these growers, and the company has recently begun expanding internationally. Said to have always shown a generous spirit, Greg shared his enthusiasm for vermicomposting by donating worms for projects at various organizations including schools and food banks. He was also instrumental in uniting business with large-scale vermicomposting operations to benefit both the environment and local economies. In October of 2002, Newt Gingrich presented Greg with a Republican Gold Medal at the Republican Entrepreneur's Convention in Washington, D.C., for his work at B & B. Greg previously lived in San Francisco, Calif., where he earned an associate's degree in applied science and another associate's degree with emphasis on Microsoft® Windows® networking, both from Heald Institute of Technology. He then became a faculty member at Heald, where he taught computer hardware, programming and Windows networking. In 1998, Greg and Lynn moved to Oklahoma to live closer to his family. He is survived by his wife, Lynn; mother, Margie Hammonds of Tucson, Ariz.; brothers Tony Bradley and Justin Hammonds of Tucson, Ariz., and Richard Bradley of Hollister, Calif. He is also survived by nine nieces, nine nephews, two great-nieces, two great-nephews and numerous friends. Greg is preceded in death by his father, Onis Bradley and stepfather, Travis Hammonds. Because Greg enjoyed his visits to Hawaii, he had requested to be cremated and his ashes released in this tropical paradise. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 30, 2003, at the McLoud First Assembly of God, 30710 Oklahoma St., McLoud, Okla. The family requests that any donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 29, 2003
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