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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Jim Daniel lit a candle on Oct 3 2017 09:13:28 AM
Grover was very special to me. He was on our local BB&T Board of Directors for years which gave me many opportunities to talk to and share the many adventures he experienced in his life. I remember how excited he was to share his last trip to Alaska with Marianne. Of the many trips there, the one with Marianne was very special to him. Grover was a true Southern Gentleman, always thoughtful and kind, a treasure to the Town of Forest City, and a treasured friend to me! Our thoughts and prayers to Marianne and Family.
Submitted by marci walker on Oct 3 2017 08:35:50 AM
Grover Bradley was a good mayor, a devoted community leader, and a true friend. There are many, many thoughts that come to mind to describe Mayor Bradley, but the page is just not LONG ENOUGH. May God comfort all the family and dear friends at this time. A Forest City icon is gone, but won't be easily forgotten.
Submitted by Wylie & Lou Fulton on Oct 2 2017 08:07:36 PM
Marianne: It will come as no surprise that I adored your Dad - as did my Mom. He brought my Dad to life during the wonderful times we spent together at the Air Force reunions and went out of his way to make me feel part of the crew and loved. It was pure joy to see him last year and to meet you for the first time! He will always have a place in my heart - as will you.
Submitted by Jill Joseph on Oct 2 2017 07:59:01 PM
Just like my sister and brother, Susan and Bill McBrayer have stated, I too have fond memories of Grover. I remember him from visits to our home, at church and around
town with his quiet demeanor and always a warm smile on his face. My most vivid memory was when he and Vernon Tartlon would take my Girl Scout troop camping. Such a nice man to give up a much deserved weekend to spend with a bunch of loud, giggly little girls! He will be remembered by many.
Submitted by Ann McBrayer Royster on Oct 2 2017 07:22:23 PM
I agree with what my brother, Bill, said about Grover and wanted to add the Girl Scouts to the list of things I remember about him. His wife was my scout leader and Grover used to take all those little Girls Scouts camping. He was a good sport! My earliest memory of Grover was when he and Daddy took us sledding on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just riding up the mountain in Grover's big car was an eye opener. It was smooth and quiet and classical music was on the stereo radio. I felt so pampered. Grover was an all round great guy - an outdoor adventurer and also a gentleman. And he was generous to a fault. He helped many people and organizations very quietly and very privately. I am also happy to have had him in my life.
Submitted by Susan McBrayer on Oct 2 2017 02:10:25 PM
When I hear Grover Bradley's name I think of: His.....Voice from the choir loft at First Presbyterian, Nation Guard, Goldfish pond, Chrysler/Plymouth, Banana sandwiches from Smith's Drug, Vernon Tarlton, Fish fry from his latest trip to Alaska and the Yukon Territory, Bostic Gun Club, Optimist Club, American Flags, Hix and her playing her organ & visit's with my mom & dad. Forest City has lost a great ambassador and he will be missed. I consider myself fortunate to have know him and to have him be a part of my life. Grover was a Great American! B/Mc
Submitted by Bill McBrayer on Oct 2 2017 10:49:00 AM
Marianne, everyone at Agnes Scott College and McCain Library is thinking of you and wishing you peace. Your father raised a very talented woman.
Submitted by Elizabeth Bagley on Oct 2 2017 10:03:36 AM
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