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Tree falls on man, kills him

Posted February 24, 2009

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— James Duke Bradsher, of Oxford, died Monday in a "freak accident" when a tree fell on him, Granville County Sheriff David T. Smith said.

Bradsher was cutting a tree for a neighbor when another tree fell, hitting him in the head, Smith said. The death was "a terrible accident for the whole community," Smith said. Police said the tree that killed Bradsher may have been blown over by the wind.

Bradsher, the owner of Duke & Pat's Gun Shop on Enon Road, was known to help residents by cutting wood.

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  • One Good Dad Feb 25, 2009

    My wife and I had just rode by his shop on Enon Rd Sunday and I told her that this man fixed a gun of mine about a couple of years ago and did a great job. The next day is when this tragic event happened. Weird.......

  • pebbles262004 Feb 25, 2009

    My brother has a tree service business, and I stay worried about him. It is dangerous work...praying for this man's family and friends...:(

  • xchief661 Feb 24, 2009

    What a tragedy for this family. It is so sad that he was such a good person and died trying to help someone else. Im so sorry for your loss and your grief.

  • diwanicki Feb 24, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. It eems his community lost a wonderful person.

  • drnc Feb 24, 2009

    Prayers for his family and friends. He sounds like a man who thought of others.