Lillian Lane Bradford

February 14, 1931August 29, 2019

Lillian Lane Bradford, 88, entered into her Heavenly home on August 29, 2019.

She was born in Rutherford County, North Carolina on February 14, 1931 to Ocena Murray Lane and Yates Lane. She graduated from Sunshine High School and at the age of 18 began her 35-year career with Southern Bell as a telephone operator and sales person.

In addition, Lillian had a business out of her home where she baked and decorated countless cakes for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions.

Lillian began sewing at a very early age and became an excellent seamstress; making her own clothes for many years. Decorating cakes and sewing were Lillian’s passions as were cooking, recipes, canning and reading her Bible. Lillian was also a member of Eastern Hills Baptist Church where she was a faithful member in her Sunday School Class.

Lillian married Gene Bradford on January 26, 1963 after going on a blind date. Together they shared nearly 57 years of love and devotion.

Lillian is proceeded in death by her parents and her three sisters Carrie, Joyce and Annie. She is survived by her husband Gene of Mint Hill, son Gary Bradford of Sherrils Ford, granddaughter Amy (Jeff) Wilcox of High Point. NC, grandson Brent (Stacy) Bradford of Lincolnton, NC, grandson Lane (Amanda) Bradford of Denver, NC, seven great grandchildren, a great grandson-in-law and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for Lillian will be held on Saturday, August 31st at McEwen Funeral Service in Charlotte with a visitation at 10:30am and service at 11:30, followed by interment at Sharon Memorial Park.



  • Visitation Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 31, 2019


  • Committal Service


Lillian Lane Bradford

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Georgia Murray, Morris

August 30, 2019

To all of Lillian's family. She was my double 1st. cousin. Growing up I knew her as a very sweet, nice person. After she moved to Charlotte, I haven't seen her but a few times, and then she was the same SWEET lady as when growing up.
I am SO sorry, but from her life, I think we ALL know she in peace now and no more pain.
My thoughts, love and prayers are with ALL of you and Harvey Morrow, that I know thought so highly of her and loved her dearly.
May you feel God's love more, at this time.

Veree Whelchel

August 30, 2019

Oh how I’m going to miss Aunt Lillian. She always said that I should have been her daughter because we were so much alike!
When my mother (her sister) passed away, she told me that she would be my mama and she lived up to that promise. I’m going to miss our visits and phone conversations and let’s not forget that wonderful cooking! I will always carry a piece of her in my heart because of memories, shared recipes, and sewing instructions.
I can only imagine that reunion in heaven yesterday when those four sisters were reunited again.
Today heaven is a little sweeter.
Thinking and praying for you all.