Grover Henry Bradley died on October 2, 2017 at Fair Haven Home in Bostic after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Grover was born in Forest City on October 4, 1924, the son of Fred and Lillie Lytle Bradley. He was a 1942 graduate of Cool Springs High School, and with the exception of military service lived in and around Forest City his entire life. He was predeceased by his parents, by his wife and high school sweetheart Hix Allison Bradley, and by his sister Dot Bradley Thorp Little. He is survived by his sister Sue Bradley Hardin of Bostic, his daughter Marianne Bradley of Decatur GA, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Shortly after his high school graduation, Grover was drafted into the US Army Air Corp, where he served in the 315th Bomb Wing as a bombardier on a B-29 flying missions over Japan from their base on Guam. He participated in the last mission of World War II, receiving news of the Japanese surrender while still in the air after the mission. He kept in touch with his Air Corps friends, and was a regular and enthusiastic participant in 315th Bomb Wing reunions until his health prevented him from attending.
After the war, Grover returned to Forest City. He joined his father in the automobile business, and for more than 40 years owned and managed the local Chrysler Plymouth dealership. He continued his military service in the National Guard, serving as commander of the local unit for 14 years. He served on the Board of Trustees of Rutherford Hospital for 22 years and on the Board of Trustees of Isothermal Community College Foundation for 17 years. He was elected for 4 terms as mayor of Forest City, serving from 1995 until 2003, having served 4 years previously on the town council. He was very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Forest City, serving as elder and trustee.
Grover loved the outdoors, and enjoyed the camaraderie of hunting and fishing with friends. He was a founding member of the Old Hickory Rifle & Gun Club. For more than 50 years, from 1957 through 2010, he made more than 30 trips to Alaska and the Yukon Territory of Canada, making many friends along the way. He loved to introduce friends to his beloved “North Country” and to share his experiences and memorabilia with friends and especially with students around the area.
The family would like to express its gratitude to the staff of Fair Haven Home of Bostic and to the caregivers of Amazing Grace Home Care of WNC, particularly Rena, Theresa, Rita and Donnie who helped care for him in his last days.
A memorial service will be held at eleven o'clock Thursday in the First Presbyterian Church of Forest City with the Reverend Tony Spencer officiating . Inurnment will follow in the Cool Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be in the Family Life Center of the church from 9:30 until 10:45 Thursday morning.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 438 West Main Street, Forest City, North Carolina 28043, the RHI Legacy Foundation, Post Office Box 352, Rutherfordton, North Carolina 28139 or to the charity of one’s choice.
The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com
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Marianne, I'm so sorry for your loss,my daddy Howard Lowdermilk held you dad in deep regard,
Submitted by Anne McBride on Oct 9 2017 05:04:15 PM
I will always remember your Dad from out Girl Scout days. He was always so much fun. My sympathy goes out to you and your family. He will be missed.
Submitted by Catheriine Jenkins on Oct 8 2017 04:59:32 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. A long illness is not only hard on the person suffering but also on the family. Isaiah 33:24 promises a time when no one will ever again say "I am sick". Isn't that a comforting promise? If you would like to know more about this wonderful promise or to read the online brochure "When A Loved One Dies" please visit JW.org. May the god of all comfort bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)
Submitted by Wendy on Oct 7 2017 05:23:39 PM
Grover was a wonderful person to know. I took care of him for awhile, which seem like for- ever. During this time I watch how he treated everyone will respect and he watch out for other before him self. He will be greatly miss, but I feel like he is smiling down on everyone and saying " I make it in...home and it is beautiful." So when I cry it will be tears of joy, for a met a true hero. Theresa Williams
Submitted by Theresa Williams on Oct 4 2017 08:11:35 PM
I called on Grover when I worked at First union Bank & Trust. He was one of the nicest person I visited. Always had a good story to tell me.
Submitted by Colleen Biggerstaff on Oct 4 2017 09:54:25 AM
Marianne, Know that i am thinking of you in the loss of your loved one .& you will be in my prayers.your mother & i spent many happy hrs. together working & at our early morn. breakfast and after retirement our lunches.Grover and Hix were the best.love Sue Toms
Submitted by virginia sue toms on Oct 3 2017 09:34:33 PM
Marianne, Your Dad introduced me to Forest City as a young bride in 1948 Dave and I shared so many wonderful memories together... continuing with my daughter, Gail as recent as last year. He was a true gentleman in every aspect and earned respect in all phases in his life. I truly loved your MOM She was a person so many of us strive to be. Sorry I cannot be there on Thursday. I hope our paths cross soon. Dot Padgett
Submitted by Dot Padgett on Oct 3 2017 05:54:46 PM
Marianne so sorry for your loss. Do have many fond memories of your dad. I did also get my first car from Grover -- a blue Plymouth Sport Satellite, and my dad and your dad pretending to go out collect!ing and chopping firewood. I'll always will remember the big white polar bear.
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