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Local artist, sculptor dies

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Bradley Cooley, a self-taught sculptor whose work is featured throughout the State of Florida, died recently in Tallahassee during open heart surgery. The funeral was held at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Monticello.

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Late local artist Bradley Cooley sculpted the iconic musician Ray Charles. The statue sits in Charles' hometown of Greenville, Fl.

Cooley and his son produced life size bronze sculptures of Seminole Indians for the Seminole Tribe from their studio in Lamont, Fl. Madison County residents are probably familiar with his sculpture of musician Ray Charles, which sits on a park bench in Greenville. Cooley also sculpted the statue of Bobby Bowden, which sits outside of the football stadium at Samford University in Birmingham, Al. He also sculpted a statue of Otis Redding, which is located in Macon, Ga.

Cooley is survived by his son, also named Bradley, who is also a sculptor.

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