Curtis Bradburn


Curtis Bradburn, 60, of Waco, passed away suddenly Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at his residence.

A Celebration of Life Service: 2PM Friday, February 3rd at Oak Grove Baptist Church in China Spring.

Curtis Dale Bradburn was born July 19, 1962 in Oklahoma City, OK to Delbert Dale Bradburn and Thersa (Barnett) Bradburn.  The family moved to Joshua in 1979 where he and his brothers were raised, and graduated high school in 1981.  He relocated with the family to the Waco area in 1989, finally settling in China Spring in 2012. Curtis married the love of his life, Paula McCown on November 15, 2014.  Curtis and Paula were active members of Oak Grove Baptist Church. Curtis worked mostly in grocery store management and had also worked as part-time country radio personality, “Ken Curtis”. He was later employed by Acosta Foods. If you knew Curtis, you knew Curtis loved Jesus, loved his wife, and loved his family.

Curtis was preceded in death by his father, Dale Bradburn; father-in-law, William McCown; and grandparents, Bill and Virginia Barnett, and Delbert and Mattie Jo Bradburn.

He leaves behind the love of his life of 8 years, Paula McCown Bradburn of Waco; mother, Thersa Bradburn of China Spring; mother-in-law, Lynda McCown of Waco, brothers and sisters-in-love, Greg and Debbie of China Spring, and Jeff and Crystal of China Spring; and uncle, Rick Barnett of Waco. His most treasured loves were his nieces and great niece and great nephews, Allyssa and Nate  Russ and Noah, Cody, and Levi of Salado, Allison and Mitchell Poppenhusen and Oliver of Temple, Taylar and Avery Fulton and Laura Jane “LJ” of China Spring, Riley Bradburn of China Spring, and Jule Böhm and Julia Martin, both of Germany. He also leaves behind numerous other relatives and a host of friends who are like family! Lastly, Curtis is also survived by their child of choice, Baylor, their tea-cup Yorkie.

Honorary Pallbearers are Shannan Barnett, Ryan Barnett, Nate Russ, Mitchell Poppenhusen, Avery Fulton, Jeremiah Holubec, Brady Farnum and Rick Hines.

Our family wishes to thank our church families at Oak Grove and Journey, “Thank you for the outpouring of love expressed to our family during this time.”

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  1. I will miss one of the kindest men I knew! Always a kind word, or a prayer for a friend. We shared a love of Christian music and the artists who sang them. We shared a love for youth and he was always willing to listen to you! He was never ashamed of his faith and his Jesus. Bud and I were honored to know him

  2. Bradburn Family,

    Curtis was the kindest man and always wore a smile. I’m going to miss that smile greeting me at church on Sundays. I’ll miss seeing his funny Facebook posts, yummy looking recipes, and how much he loved his family. Love and hugs , Mike and Carrie Bevins

  3. Paula, Lynda and all of Curtis’ family. I never met him but he married into a wonderful family. I m so sorry and so shocked. I felt like I knew him because I followed all yall on facebook. Both great families. Again I’m so sorry.
    Love yall Linda Gaston

  4. Neal and Carol Pope

    We are so very sorry for the loss of Curtis. He was such a kind and loving individual; always a light and thinking of others! We will be praying for comfort for all of you in the days and weeks ahead.

  5. I am just shocked. Praying for Theresa and his wife as well as all the family.
    Prayers for you all.

  6. Our heart are heavy for Paula and Family. Curtis always greeted us with his sweet smile on Sunday morning as we were getting settle for church. We were getting to know Curtis and Paula better as we shared a little about ourselves to each other before services started.

  7. MaryAnn Pridham

    Paula and Family
    I am so sorry to read about Curtis
    I never met him but I always heard from
    Michael & Patrick about what a great guy he was they thought very highly of him
    Just talking to them I recognized him as a Great Person
    My prayers are with You

  8. Johnny & Becky Thompson

    Curtis was such a kind man that loved the Lord first & adored his wife, the love of his life. He always had a smile, which will be missed. We loved his funny posts & recipes he was always willing to share. I know he enjoyed music & I’m sure he’s hearing some now that can’t even be described. We will miss you! Prayers for his sweet family!

  9. Curtis, you were my true friend and I am going to miss you so much. My prayers are with Paula and all the family. I know he is celebrating his new eternal life in Heaven with his earthly and Heavenly Fathers, but he will be forever missed by his earthly family and friends.

  10. Curtis was such a bright light. His passion for God and his family just warmed your heart. He was always kind and had the best smile. His FB posts were always a bright spot to my day. He is Heavens gain and our loss. My deepest condolences to his wife, family and all who loved him.

  11. Paula, my heart is breaking for you. There are no words of comfort to give you, except to say that my prayers are with you that God will give you strength to get through the days ahead. I pray that Jesus will keep His loving arms around you and guide you.

    With affection,


  12. Lauretta DuByne-Wetekamp

    Paula, I’m not sure what to say in the face of such a difficult loss. Just want you to know that I care about you, you’re loved, and I share in your sadness.

  13. Dear Paula, my heart aches for you and the entire family. I’m so very sorry for the loss of Curtis, I know he is in heaven rejoicing with our Heavenly Father, he is home! May God shower you with his grace, mercy, and love during this most difficult time!

    Thoughts, prayers, and love,
    Lisa Thomas

  14. Dear Paula, my heart aches for you and the entire family. I’m so very sorry for the loss of Curtis, I know he is in heaven rejoicing with our Heavenly Father, he is home! May God shower you with his grace, mercy, and love during this most difficult time!

    Thoughts, prayers, and love,
    Lisa Thomas

  15. Alicia Richeson

    I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful man, for his loved ones left behind. Curtis was such a kind, positive, faithful man. I believe our Savior said “Well done thou good and faithful servant” when Curtis entered Heaven. Everyone knew that Curtis had accepted Jesus as his Savior and he loved to tell people of Jesus’ amazing grace and mercy. I will miss him, but we definitely know where he is at right now—in the presence of his loving Savior. Paula, Lynda, and the Bradburn family, please know my prayers are with you during this time of loss.

  16. Vaden and Sunny Isenhower

    Dear Teresa and Rick,
    Your Oklahoma cousins are praying that you will turn to our precious Holy Spirit to find the comfort and peace you need at this difficult time.
    Thank you, God, for such a wonderful Christian. This messed up world needs more men like Curtis.
    We love you, Vaden and Sunny

  17. I’m just seeing this, I’m devastated! Curtis and I kept in touch and my heart ❤️ breaks for Paula and his awesome and amazing family that he lived for. God bless each and everyone of you.! Carol Riggs

  18. I met Curtis almost 30 years ago. He always had a smile and was very polite! I had the privilege to catch up with him a couple years ago. There are 2 things for certain about Curtis; his passion for God & his love for his wife, Paula. Im so sadden to hear about his passing. He and Bill are looking down on yall.

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