William N Bradberry Jr

November 20, 1931January 24, 2013
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William N. Bradberry Jr, 81, of Atlanta, GA passed away Thursday, January 24, 2013.

A native of Bishop, GA, Mr. Bradberry was the son of Gladys Hayes Bradberry of High Shoals and the late William N. Bradberry Sr and was preceded in death by a brother, Bob Bradberry. He was a graduate of Oconee County High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia. Upon graduation he began his 26 year career as an Army officer and served his county in The Panama Canal Zone, Germany, Vietnam, Iran, and many US bases including service at the Pentagon in Washington DC. After retiring from the military, Bill earned his MBA and started his second career as a sales representative for American Hospital, International Paper and Dillard Paper. Retiring again at the age of 70, Bill spent time traveling and with his family.

Survivors in addition to his mother include daughter, Pam Layne (Mel) of Athens; sons, Bill Bradberry (Debbie) of Athens and Jeffrey Bradberry of Atlanta; brothers, Harry Bradberry and Jim Bradberry both of High Shoals, and grandchildren, Kaitlin Bradberry, Melinda Layne, and Taylor Layne.

Funeral services will be held 6PM Monday, January 28th in the chapel at Bernstein Funeral Home with Rev. Chuck Hodges and Rev. Martha Aenchbacher officiating. The family will receive friends from 4-6PM prior to the service. Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


  • Funeral Service Monday, January 28, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, January 28, 2013

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John Robertson

February 27, 2013

In every sense of the words, Col. Bradberry was an officer and a gentleman. His humor, compassion and example were an inspiration to all who served with him. Cindy and I enjoyed seeing him at the Williamsburg reunion and again in Louisville. We're proud to have known him. John Robertson, C Troop, 3/5 Cav.

Lloyd Edwards

February 26, 2013

I was a platoon Leader in C Troop--3/5Cav in 1970 serving in Viet Nam. Our Squadron Commander was Colonel Bradberry. I was so excited to see him at a reunion a few years ago. He was a fine officer and a great human being. I am so sorry to hear that he is gone. My sympathy goes out to his family.

Paul Rebrovich

February 23, 2013

Sorry for the loss of a fine gentleman and a great military leader. I served under him in Vietnam and thought of him as the best officer I ever met. Like Col.Bachman said he was a hands on people type of leader Who made his troops know that he cared about them, even some one as low down the pecking order as me. I'm grateful for the operatunity to have seen him at the 3/5 cav reunion in Williamsburg a couple years ago.To his family, thank you for sharing him with us and our country.

James Tipton

February 19, 2013

Bill was a dear friend. His loss hurts. I had the privilege of serving under him when he was Cmdr of the 3/5 Cav Sqdn in Viet Nam. A good man and a terrific soldier. He'll be missed by all who knew him.Well done old soldier; we'll get together again on the other side. Till then.
Jim Tipton, LTC USA (ret) former operations officer 3/5 cav

Howard Bachman

February 18, 2013

From the Black Knights. All who served under Bill in the 3/5 Cav in Vietnam are saddened that he has passed. He was a great commander of the Squadron who was a hands on people person. He was a great field soldier which all officer strive to be but only a few achieve. He was a great mentor to me personally. We will remember him at the Squadron memorial service this summer in Colorado Springs. I want to come to the burial if invited. Contact me at or 757 258 9017
Col Howard F Bachman former commander. C Trp 3/5 Cav

Marie Foster

January 31, 2013

Sure was sorry to learn about your Dad's death, from your Mom, Shirley! My thoughts & prayers are with each of you! May God Bless & Keep You In His Care!!

Melissa Dutton

January 28, 2013


I am sorry for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Monique Starks

January 28, 2013

Thinking of you and your family--may you find peace, during this moment of sorrow.

Bernstein Funeral Home

January 27, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Nell Lovern & Bill Sizemore

January 26, 2013

Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with the family at this sad time in your lives.