Bradford Creef

Bradford Creef

Bradford Martin Creef, 58, of 2007 County Street, Elizabeth City, NC, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Albemarle Hospital. Born in Elizabeth City, NC, he was the son of the late Bradford Leon and Helen Cox Creef and was the husband of Marianne Leary Creef.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Creef is survived by a daughter, Mandy Creef and Joshua Smith of Elizabeth City, NC; four sisters, Beverly Russell and husband Steve of Elizabeth City, NC, Brenda Godfrey and husband Norman of Elizabeth City, NC, Judy Bateman and husband Earl of Hertford, NC and Christie Owens and Dale Hewitt of Elizabeth City, NC; a brother, Carson Creef and Janet Sawyer of Elizabeth City, NC; three brothers-in-law, Tom LaCombe of Elizabeth City, NC, Norman “Buddy” Leary and wife Tracey of Camden, NC and Johnny Leary and wife Susan of Elizabeth City, NC; several nieces and nephews and his faithful canine companion, Keegan. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Miriam LaCombe and a nephew, Little Bradford.

Martin was one of those special people that come along rarely in one’s life. He never met a stranger and was loved by all who had the privilege to know him. He and Marianne were inseparable from the time they began dating at very young ages. Their joy was complete when they were blessed with their daughter Mandy.

Martin was known as a hard working man and always wanted to do the best job he could do. His most recent employment was with Pepsi Bottling Ventures in Elizabeth City where he worked for 15 years until his health prevented him from continuing.

When faced with the diagnosis of cancer he told the doctors he was going to do everything he could to beat it and he was going to take everything they threw at him. Even on his last day he said he wasn’t giving up.
Martin was known as “Brother” to his sisters, brother and in-laws. His many nieces and nephews called him “Uncle Brother” and he loved each and every one of them like they were his own. Because he was a brother to all in the true sense of the word, even people who were not related would call him Brother. He was always the first to ask if there was anything he could do to help someone. He always put the needs of others before his own.

Though Martin’s passing leaves a huge void in our hearts, the example he set through his kindness, generosity and his loving spirit made a tremendous impact and he will live on in the minds and hearts of so many. He will never be forgotten.

Martin, until we are together again, I love you forever and always, Marianne.

Daddy, thank you for setting an example of a good, strong man who truly cared about everyone. I’ll always be your little girl. I love you so much, Mandy.

A memorial service will take place Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Twiford Memorial Chapel with Mr. Wayne Owens officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening at the funeral home from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.; immediately following the service in the lobby of the funeral home and at other times at the residence of Earl and Judy Bateman, 190 Old US 17, Hertford, NC. Flowers are welcomed or memorial donations may be made to the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina, P.O. Box 1722, Elizabeth City, NC 27906. Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Creef family. You may express condolences to the family by visiting

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  1. Sandra and Buddy Onley

    Marianne and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Martin. He fought a long hard battle but now he does not have to fight any longer. He is at peace.

  2. Diane Long Dail

    So sorry for your loss, although we were cousins we just didn’t see each other much over the years; but still family and my heart goes out to you Marianne and all of his brothers and sisters.

  3. patsy robeson

    Marianne & Mandy.I can’t imagine what your going through right now.I loved Martin. He was the best cousin.It was never about him.He always worried about everyone else. He’s at peace now.And you both have a beautiful angel looking over you. He will always be with us,and never forgotten.Love to all the family. Patsy

  4. Karen & Vance Godfrey

    So very sorry for your families loss.Keeping everyone in our thoughts and prayers.Karen & Vance Godfrey

  5. Rhonda & Jesse Wood

    Marianne, Keeping you close in thought & prayer. Very sorry to hear about your loss of Martin. Will be praying for you Mandy & family now & in the days to follow.

    With our sympathy,
    Rhonda & Jesse Wood

  6. Eddie and Sharon Brinson

    We are so very sorry for the loss and grief you must be feeling.Martin is going to be greatly missed by everyone.He loved you both so very much.Prayers for peace and faith to carry you through the days ahead.
    We Love You,
    Eddie and Sharon

  7. Karen Spence Jackson

    Marianne, Mandy & Creef Family:

    Condolences in your loss. Enjoyed seeing the many post on Facebook of the happy times you all had and the love that was evident. May your broken hearts reflect on these memories today. There will be a day we are joined again with our loved ones. God is Good.

  8. Mr. & Mrs. Danny Stallings

    We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. May God Bless Each One Of You!

  9. Connie (Jackson) Umphlett

    Marianne, I was so sorry to hear about your loss. May God Bless you all.

  10. Dempsey and Pat Teachey

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family; May G
    od bless you during your time of loss.

  11. Betty & Charles Cruise

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Martin’s family at this time. I worked with Martin at Coca-Cola. It was a pleasure to know him.

  12. Kim Crank

    So sorry for your loss Marianne. I know you and Mandy will miss him terribly. I will be praying for you both.

  13. Tina Paul

    Marianne, I have been, in my mind, at least, in touch with you…. Hoping YOUR husband would stay around longer than mine. I still remember the good times we all had at the then Coca-Cola Bottling Plant while it was still owned locally…. Martin was a favorite there, always good-natured, and even-tempered… and a pleasure to deal with… I will be in touch with you, my dear! May you find the strength to get through the days ahead… Tina Paul

  14. Lloyd and Shelley Barnes

    We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. May God Bless Each One Of You!

  15. Shawn Biggs

    Marianne and Mandy,

    I am so sorry to for your loss. I find my words here somehow seem very mere and will in no way ease your pain but I wanted you to know I was thinking of you. I pray that God will surround you with the strength, love, and peace you all need over the coming days. I am sending lots of love and prayers your way.

    Shawn Biggs

  16. Helen Harris

    We were so sorry to hear about Martin’s passing.Being friends with Judy and the family since I was in grade school I grew to love the whole family. Steve met him during his treatments and automatically became friends. If Martin ever saw us he always made a point to stop and talk. What a special person and how lucky we were to know him.
    Steve and Helen Harris

  17. Deborah Hurdle Cherry

    Our families send our sympathy to you and your family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Debbie, Don & Anna Cherry
    Selma & Mather Hurdle

  18. Judy Pipkin Nowell

    Marianne, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you,Mandy and your families in my prayers. Please know that I am thinking about ya’ll as you go through this difficult time.

  19. Sherman & Jennifer Underwood

    Marianne and Mandy,

    We are so sorry to hear about Martin. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

    Sherman & Jennifer Underwood

  20. Austin Eure

    Mr. Martin was easy to love. Just an all around kind person. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  21. Garland and Carolyn Sanders

    Marianne and Mandy
    So very sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  22. Terry&Joan

    Sorry to hear about Martian he was a good person, If we can help with anything you let us know.

  23. P. Y. Markham

    I am soory to hear about Martin passing. I have know Martin and his family for along time. God bless the family, P.Y. Markham

  24. Arnold Wiley

    I am very seldom at a loss for words … but I can never find the words to say how blessed I was to know Martin … he has always been a man I had no problem calling my friend … for many years we saw each other working and he always had a smile and warm greeting … to Marianne and Mandy I can only say, God must have been in need an additional greeter for the gates of Heaven … my love and prayers to you as you carry on in this world.

  25. Buddy and Patti Leary

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Martin was a very special man and I know you all will miss him dearly. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn his passing. We join you in celebrating the amazing man he was and the legacy he leaves behind. Blessings and love to all of you.

  26. Tommy and Rhonda Ranhorn

    Marianne, We are so sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take Care. With Deepest Sympathy, Tommy & Rhonda Ranhorn

  27. Donnie and CHeryl. Russell

    Had the pleasure to have known Martin for over 35 years. He trained me on my first route at Coke.He was a great friend and will be missed.With deepest. sympathy .God bless !

  28. Jenneal Harrell

    Marianneew & Mandy, so sorry for your loss. Prayers! Coolie & Jenneal Harrell

  29. Candice Chanley

    Remember him at his best. My deepest condolences to you and your family. I pray in time your pain will lessen.

  30. Terressa McDougald

    I am so sorry for your loss. Martin was strong and determined and I am blessed to have known him. I love you dearly and know our prayers will continue for you. God bless.

  31. Kelly Mincey

    Dear Marianne and Mandy, I am so sorry to read about Martin. I know how much you have always loved him. Mom and I send our love to you both and to the rest of Martin’s family.
    Love always, Kelly and Milly

  32. Teresa C. Huie

    Marianne – I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband. Praying for comfort and peace for you and Mandy and the rest of your family. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Take care and God Bless.

  33. Lisa & Jack Quinn

    My heart felt condolences go out to the entire family and Marianne and Mandy I know as well as anyone and everyone who every knew Martin he was a GREAT man, friend husband and father and I know he will truly be missed by so many and especially the two of you along with Keegan.May God give you the strength you need in the coming days.God Bless Hugs

  34. Sherie Cartwright

    I was very sorry to hear of Martin’s passing. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  35. Sylvia Berry

    Prayers for peace and comfort in the loss of this loved one. He must have been a very special person and touched many lives in a great way. God bless the entire family as they mourn his loss.

  36. Margarite Crollman

    My heart goes out to you, and you are in my prayers. I love you both and will always have great memories of all our family gatherings, especially stirring the “stew”
    Your cuz, Margarite

  37. Laura Renwick, Donna Woodbury and Kasey Hennessy

    Marianne and Mandy,
    The wonderful memories of Martin will prevail throughout our thoughts and make us smile at the times of our girls growing up together. May God comfort you, hold you close and bless you in this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.

  38. Don & Jackie Price

    Marianne and Mandy,
    Martin was a great guy and will be greatly missed. We are so sorry for your loss. God Bless

  39. Val & Vivian Bridgers

    Marianne and Mandy, many thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May your memories bring you comfort and peace.

    Vivian Bridgers

  40. Gayle Eason

    I am so very sorry. Please know you and your family are in my prayers at this very difficult time. May God’s love enfold you and give you strength and peace. Gayle

  41. Faye E. Hoffman

    Marianne and family I am so sorry, May you find peace in knowing he did all he could. My prayers are with you and your family at this time of your loss. Faye

  42. M. I. and Delores Ferrell

    Marianne and Mandy,

    M.I. and I are so sorry he lost his battle with cancer. Remember he will not have to fight anymore. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

    M. I. and Delores

  43. Warren and Debbie White.

    Warren and I are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  44. Mark & Beth Cooper

    Very sorry for your loss, we send love & prayers to you & family.
    Mark & Beth

  45. John & Kim Underwood

    We were so sorry to hear of Martin’s illness and passing. May you find comfort in the great memories that you made together over the years. We will always remember him fondly. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers …

  46. Brenda C Harris

    Marianne and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I totally understand your feelings. Take care.

  47. Gwen & Billy Pritchard

    Marianne & Mandy, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if you ever need anything. Martin will be greatly missed.

  48. Joy Banks

    I was shocked to here of Martins’ passing. I know the hole in your hearts is huge but he will always be there whenever you remember all the wonderful times together. Keeping your family in my prayers.

  49. Ana

    I am so sorry for your loss. Although, I do not know your family personally, I would like to share some encouraging thoughts from the Bible. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. May these words give you a new hope.

  50. Sarah Slate

    Mr. Creef never failed to be patient and kind. He was truly a special person who impacted everyone who encountered him. His integrity shined through. I am so very sorry for the loss that his family has suffered, he was a wonderful man.

  51. Jeannie Rushby

    Marianne, My thoughts are with you and your daughter. Sending you both love and hope for peace and strength.

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