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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Dear Marianne and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God strengthen you in the days to come and bring back to you the wonderful Dad memories. My dad loved being with Grover. Grover would walk across the street and chat with my Dad when Daddy got to the tee box going to hole 9. Daddy bought his first Jeep from Grover in 1968. Your Dad had such a love for his community. Will keep thinking of the great memories he made for all of us. Love, Pat
Submitted by Patricia Davis Roberts on Oct 3 2017 02:02:52 PM
Marianne, my condolences to you and family on the loss of your father. It was always a joy to speak with him at the 315th Bomb Wing Reunions. Reading his obit and the messages from others here in the guest book make me wish I had gotten to know him a lot better. May he rest in peace.
Submitted by Larry Miller on Oct 3 2017 12:32:12 PM
Oh Marianne, I am so very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Grover was such a wonderful man. He and Hix were very much a part of my life growing up Forest City. Like Vicki, some of my first memories of your family are in the little brick building behind your house where our Girl Scout troop met. I am very grateful to have known and had such a good man in my formative years. My Daddy (Jimmy Gibson) had much respect for Grover and I know they worked so hard to support Forest City's progress. Grover, Jimmy, and Vernon Tarlton were forces to be dealt with, and we all were blessed by their committment. I am thinking of you and sharing your sorrow. Wishing you peace, Marianne.
Submitted by Lu Juan Gibson on Oct 3 2017 11:43:40 AM
Carolyn Greene Hardin lit a candle for Grover H. Bradley
Carolyn Greene Hardin lit a candle on Oct 3 2017 11:37:05 AM
Grover was a wonderful man that meant so much to my dad, Vernon Tarlton, and to all who knew him in Forest City. My first memory of the Bradleys was in the little brick building behind their house where our Girl Scout troop met! Hix Bradley was also a wonderful woman and I knew them all, especially Marianne, from our church, First Presbyterian. I can still hear the sound of Grover's voice. He was a wonderful singer in the choir. I am so sorry for this loss to Marianne and all the family. Vicki Tarlton Held
Submitted by Vicki Tarlton Held on Oct 3 2017 11:10:50 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. It is nice to hear others' stories of what a wonderful man your father was, having heard them from you for many years. He certainly led a long, full, and rewarding life! May you be at peace with his passing, and knowing that you were always there for him.
Submitted by Resa Harney on Oct 3 2017 10:55:34 AM
Marrianne, I am so sorry for your loss. It's not easy loosing someone we have loved and looked up to our entire lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Rachel Carson Hahn
Submitted by Rachel C. Hahn on Oct 3 2017 10:12:11 AM
So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Greg Price on Oct 3 2017 10:07:05 AM
Marianne, my heart is with yours.
Submitted by Pamela Napier on Oct 3 2017 09:57:23 AM
Sorry to hear of the passing of Grover. I always considered him a dear friend and he will be missed by many. He was a great asset to the town of Forest City.
Submitted by Jim Daniel on Oct 3 2017 09:20:34 AM
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