Homegoing Services Held For Pastor Ricky A. Bready, Sr.
On Thursday, December 13, 2012, a true man of God, Reverend Ricky A. Bready, Sr., transitioned from his earthly home to the new home that had been prepared for him. Reverend Bready began his earthly journey on March 19, 1958 in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was born to the late James, Sr. and Pearlie L. Bready. He had seven siblings, of which one sister, Annette Gill, preceded him in death.
Reverend Bready received his secondary education from Aiken High School, Cincinnati, Ohio and his Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Ohio College of Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to moving to Savannah, Georgia, he worked for the Procter and Gamble Company in Albany, Georgia, where he worked as a Machine Design Engineer, Project Manager, Maintenance Department Manager, and Dean of Diaper University during his 16 years of employment there.
As he furthered his education, he received a Certificate in Bible from the American Baptist College of the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee. He then went on to receive a Bachelor in Bible and Science from Bethany Bible College and a Master in Ministry from Bethany Seminary of Dothan, Alabama.
Reverend Bready taught Evangelism for the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, Inc., Congress of Christian Education, Ministers Division, Ushers Ministry, and Youth Convention. Reverend Bready also taught Evangelism for five years in the Fine Arts Division. He taught Discipleship and Developing New Members Ministry- Closing the Back Door in the Discipleship Division of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., Congress of Christian Education. He was appointed as the State Director of Evangelism for SWAT (Saints With A Testimony) and Church Growth for the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, Inc.
Because of his love for service, he organized a prison ministry, served as Interim Chaplin for the Georgia Department of Corrections and Volunteer Coordinator for the Coastal State Prison in Garden City, Georgia. During his service at Coastal State Prison, he developed the Choose Freedom Tour Program, which continues to be supported by the Savannah Chatham County Public School System Alternative Schools.
Reverend Bready was appointed as the Southeastern Regional Director and Vice Chairman of Regions of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. Board of Evangelism in 2009. He was a member and Associate Minister of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of Albany, Georgia.
He was a former Associate Minister of Bethel Baptist Church of Cincinnati, Ohio; former Pastor of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Albany, Georgia, Macedonia Missionary Baptist
Church of Baker County, Georgia, and Tremont Temple Missionary Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia, and the Pastor and organizer of the Reconciliation Missionary Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia. At the time of his transition, Reverend Bready was the Pastor and organizer of United Baptist Church.
Leaving to cherish his memory and carry on his legacy of serving and caring for family, are his devoted wife, Carolyn; children, Antonio (Rhoda), Latisha, Ricky, Jr., Joshua, and Tysemia; grandchildren, Jessica, Indya, Jaquan, Lajada, Antonio, Londyn, Rickya, and Makayla; siblings, Jessie Lewis, Sadie Timmons, James Bready, Jr. (Roberta) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Edward Leon Bready, Sr. (Joyce), Alvin Bready (Billie) of Herndon, Virginia, and Ronnie Charles Bready of Cincinnati, Ohio; five nieces, seven nephews and a host of greatnieces and great-nephews, other family and friends.