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Sherwood “Tom” Bradshaw

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Sherwood “Tom” Bradshaw, age 80, passed away, Monday, January 22, 2018 in Crockett.  He was born May 13, 1937 in Oletha to parents, Earlie E. Bradshaw and Lola Pearl Clay Bradshaw.  Tom was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict.  He joined the Houston Police Department on June 30, 1969, Academy Class #BC1.  During his career, he was assigned to the Identification Division and the Crime Lab.  Tom retired the first time January 22, 1994, but went back to work on November 2, 1994 as a Police Service Officer and Forensic Photographer, assigned to the Crime Lab and Identification Division.  He retired as a Forensic Photographer Supervisor on January 8, 2005.   After moving to Crockett, he became the photographer for the Pineywoods Fine Art performances as well as doing other photography in the area.  Tom was a member of the H. P. D. Retired Officers Association and Central Baptist Church, Crockett.

 Tom is survived by his son, Ansel Bradshaw and wife, Brenda of Crockett; grandchildren, Matthew Bradshaw and fiancée, Tamika of Crockett, Katie Bradshaw of Crockett, Bobby “BJ” Boykin Jr. and wife, Katy of Flower Mound, Richard Boykin of Lakewood, CO; great-grandchildren, Sye, Easton, Reed, Allie; special step-daughter, Kemberly Scheidt and husband, Glenn of Baytown; step-grandchildren, Will and Mollie; sisters, Earline Zelenevitz of Kingwood, Nelda McLeod of Paige, Marvis Carr and husband, Greg of Houston; numerous other loving relatives and friends. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Earlie E. and Lola Pearl Bradshaw.

Funeral services for Sherwood “Tom” Bradshaw will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 26, 2018 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Rev. John Goss and Dr. Paul Carlin officiating.  Interment to follow in Evergreen Memorial Park.  Family will receive friends for visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Callaway-Allee Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pineywoods Fine Arts Association- Tom Bradshaw Memorial Scholarship. Online condolences may be left at


  1. Ansel sorry for your lost. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  2. So sorry Tom is gone. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends! My prayers will be with his family and friends at this moment. God’s blessings to you all. RIP Tom!

  3. So sorry for your loss, my deepest condolences and prayers to Bradshaw’s family.

    Crystal Sagarnaga (HPD)

  4. May God bless you Tom. You served God and your fellow man well. Thanks for mentor-ship.

  5. My condolences to the family. I worked with Tom from 1982 to 1994 in the Photo Lab.

  6. Tom was one of the good guys. I never heard a bad word against him in all of the years ive known him. May he rest in peace

  7. My deepest condolences to family members. RIP

  8. So sorry to hear about Mr. Tom’s passing. He liked to carry on and kid around a lot, but I also know that he had a big heart and lots of compassion for others, especially young people. I enjoyed singing with him in the choir at church, and occasionally sampling one of his homemade desserts. Praying for Ansel and all the family — he will be greatly missed!

  9. Mr. Tom was such a nice man and a true gentleman. Lots of good memories of our visits and his interesting stories. We will never forget the delicious watermelon cake he made us! Ancel, our prayers to you and yours.
    Troy and LaWanda Pennington

  10. A wonderful person I was happy to see every time. You will be greatly missed.

  11. I loved goofing around with “Daddy Bradshaw” at events where we both took photographs. He was such a sweetie and will be missed by many. Ansel, Brenda, Katie and the rest of the Bradshaw family, you’re all in my prayers as you remember and celebrate your dad’s incredible life, and mourn the loss. Love you all, Lynda

  12. I very sorry to hear about the passing on Mr. Bradshaw. I first met him when I was a young officer with HPD. He was always very nice man and fun to talk to. GOD bless your family during this time of mourning.

  13. Susan and I are certainly saddened to hear of the Bradshaw family loss… Tom Bradshaw was a great man who quietly gave to our community…I will always be reminded of the fact that most of the pictures we have of our children came from him… I knew that he was a retired Houston police officer, which we can all respect… We can all find comfort in knowing he is walking the golden streets of heaven…

  14. Ansel, my deepest sympathy for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  15. Praying for Ansel and his family. May Mr Bradshaw rest in peace. He was a great man. I know he will be dearly missed

  16. So sorry to learn of your loss. May God bless you today and always,
    Martha & Ben Childress

  17. Tom was such a fun happy man to know and work with at HPD. He will be greatly missed by a lot of people he knew over the years. I always think of him counting down 1-2-3 when taking pictures. Can still hear his voice. My prayers go out to your family on your loss.

  18. I am so sad to hear this. I got to know Tom when we were volunteering with the Leukemia society. Wonderful man with a great sense of humor.
    Prayers to the family.

  19. It was with great sadness that all of us at H&W Power Sports learned of
    Mr Tom’s passing. We all got to know Mr Tom while working with his son Ansel.
    We will miss his great sense of humor and zest for life.
    Many prayers are being sent to the Bradshaw family during this time of grief.
    God’s blessings on all of you,

    All of us at H&W

  20. I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Bradshaw at HPD for many years. He always had a smile on his face. Keeping the Bradshaw family in my prayers. May the wonderful memories of your loved one bring you all comfort and peace.

  21. Tom was a world class photographer – forensic and any other kind. We met many times on scenes when I was a patrol officer and almost every day when I was a detective needing something from the photo lab.

    He made a special effort to photograph my daughter’s wedding having to work through some scheduling adjustments.

    He had a quick sharp wit and had a great sense of humor. My deepest sympathy to his family. I know he’ll be missed.mdb

  22. I only knew him from my parents church and that he had been a friend of our family for a very long time. I know he will be missed and my condolences to his family. May he rest in peace

  23. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May God’s love and peace surround you during this time and always.
    So very sorry for your loss.

  24. My deepest condolences to the Bradshaw family. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  25. Tom was a very special person. We had a lot of good times at HPD and outside of work. Ansel, we are sorry for your loss. Our love Billy and

  26. I was so saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. I worked with Tom at HPD; he was a kind and generous man who loved to do for others. I have great memories of Tom. He was a good man and served the Lord well.

  27. I am so saddened to learn of his passing… He took my senior pictures, many, many years ago… I got to know him through volunteering with Texas Special Olympics… I can’t tell you how many pictures of golf foursomes he and I took for the Bob Allen charity golf tournament at the old Willowisp country club in Houston… They were great times and he was a great man.

  28. I miss you . I love you.
    Today is one of those days that things are hard. Love you Always

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