Bradford, Deathridge and Scott are Old Timer’s inductees
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Old Timer's Hall of Fame
Gloria Scott Deathridge
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The first individuals to be inducted into the Old Timer’s Hall of Fame in 2013 have been announced.

The inductees are Steve Bradford for football, Gloria Scott Deathridge for basketball and Alvin Scott for basketball.

The inductees will be honored at the Old Timer’s Banquet at 6 p.m on April 5 at the Museum Center at Five Points. The event is being sponsored by the Cleveland Recreation Department.

Tickets for the banquet are available by calling 479-4129.

Steve Bradford

Bradford attended Bradley Central High School from 1966 to 1969. In 1966, he was the first black athlete to play football at Bradley. He played under coaches Harold “Red” Hensley and Bobby Allen.

Bradford said Hensley “introduced me to high school football since I had limited playing skills.”

He said one of the highlights of his high school career was being named Line Man of the Week for the state of Tennessee in his junior year. His senior year, he was vote Best Defensive Player of the Year.

He also ran track and field events while at Bradley.

His senior year at BCHS, he was named Friendliest Person.

He attended Cleveland State Community College and Chattanooga State before being drafted into the military. He served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

He was employed with the city of Cleveland Fire Department for 36 years. He retired in December 2010.

Bradford is married to Doris Bradford. He has three stepchildren and several grandchildren.

He is an active member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where he has served as layman, male Gospel Choir, church security and as a door greeter. He is also a member of the Cleveland Lions Club.

Bradford said his military tour of duty was “a process of experience and maturity.”

He said he enjoyed the many years of working alongside his fellow firefighters.

“I am putting my focus on the Lord and what He has in store, allowing Him to continue to lead and guide day by day.”

Gloria Deathridge

Gloria Scott Deathridge was a 1971 graduate of Bradley Central High School. She played basketball under the late Coach Jim Smiddy.

As a Bradley Bearette, she was selected to the All District, All Region and Sub-state teams in 1969, 1970 and 1971 and the All State team in 1969 and 1970.

She was a member of the 1970 State Championship team.

The number 13, which she wore during her time at Bradley, was retired and now hangs from the rafters of the gym. After high School, she played for the University of Tennessee from 1971 to 1974. In 1974, she played against the Russians as a member of the Eastern Regional U.S. All Star team. She is a member of the Lady Vols Basketball Alumni program.

Deathridge received her bachelor of science degree in business administration from the UT in Knoxville. She retired in January 2005 from the Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville as a business analyst.

She is now working as an affiliate broker for Realty Executives and Associates. She is a member of the Knox County Board of Education.

She has served and continues to serve on several community boards and organizations throughout the Knoxville area, including executive secretary for the Project Grad-Knoxville, Austin-East Magnet High School PTSA and PTSO organizations, member of the Austin-East Magnet High School Finance and Business Academy, executive assistant of the Crutcher Memorial Youth Enrichment Center, financial secretary for the Knoxville Chapter of Links, Inc., and has served on several task forces — the Magnet School Task Force and the Racial Disparity in School Discipline Task Force).

She is a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, where she serves on the finance committee and the human resources committees. She is the wife of Mark Deathridge. They have two children, Markeisha and Devin.

She said she has a passion for working with youth and supporting them through their educational process.

Her “mission is to commit time and resources to Excellence in Education, with a goal to promote quality education for all students throughout Knox County.”

She “strongly believes that all children should be given the opportunity to excel in our educational system.”

Alvin Scott

Scott attended Bradley Central High School from 1969 to 1973. Upon his graduation, he attended Oral Roberts University, where he received his bachelor of science degree in education.

While playing basketball at Oral Roberts, he held the season high record for blocked shots and held that record for 25 years.

He also held the field goal percentage for the 1977 season and was later inducted into the Oral Roberts University Hall of Fame.

After graduating from Oral Roberts, Scott was drafted by the Phoenix Suns, where he played professional basketball for eight years.

He has been employed with Southwest Gas in Phoenix, Ariz., for 25 years. He is a lead construction specialist.

Scott is the father of three daughters and one granddaughter. He resides in Phoenix.

His healthy outlook on life and his ability to make people laugh are his strongest assets.

He is a member of the pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church and is an active member of the Phoenix Suns Alumni and the NBA Retired Players Association.