Lester Gale Brady

March 18, 1931July 10, 2018

COLUMBIA - Lt. Col. Lester Gale Brady, 87 (U.S. Army Chaplain Ret.), passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Lester is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mildred Cox Brady; four children, Tim Brady of Elgin, Anne Blake of Camden, Donna Kneller and husband Gary of Atlanta, Ga., and Mark Brady and wife Leslie of Lakeland, Fla.; four grandchildren, Leslie Campbell and husband Jonathan of Columbia, Ryan Oliveria and wife Victoria of San Francisco, Ca., Nicholas Blake and wife Meredith of Camden, and Grayson Blake of Charlotte, NC. He was born March 18, 1931 and raised near Bennett, NC. He grew up on a farm and came from humble beginnings. Lester graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University and with a Master of Divinity degree from The Divinity School of Duke University. He received an additional Master’s degree in counseling from Long Island University. Lester was drafted into the U.S. Army in January 1953 and served 18 months in the Korean War. He enrolled into the U.S. Army Chaplain’s School and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Chaplain’s Service, where he served for 20 years. His service included assignments in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, Germany, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, New York, and a second tour in Korea. Lester was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was absolutely devoted to his wife, Mildred. He was a man of faith and his presence will continue to be felt through everyone he touched. He enjoyed many activities including flying his Cessna airplane, working out, gardening, bird watching, following the Atlanta Braves, building and working on computers and taking care of his beach house in North Myrtle Beach. While in the U.S. Army, Lester was awarded the National Defense Service Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster), United Nations Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation ( two Oak Leaf Clusters), Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, and Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018 in Anderson Street Chapel, 2335 Anderson Street, Fort Jackson, SC 29207. Civilian access is available at the gate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Lung Association. Memories may be shared at


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The Family of Loyd Morris

November 11, 2018

Gale was our father's cousin, and Daddy loved him very much. After Daddy passed on, Gale stayed in touch with us via many emails. Gale was a very kind and loving man. We will miss his earthly presence.

Marion Pember

July 16, 2018

We first met Lester and Mildred in Germany on Pioneer Kaserne in Hanau, Germany. Lester and Marion were each serving Army units with headquarters there. We always thought they were a neat couple. We didn't have much contact over the active duty years, but re-established contact in retirement. We looked forward to Lester's e-mails and sent many to him. We always considered him a friend, and will miss hearing from him. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you Mildred, and to the rest of the family.
Marion & Carol Pember

CH (COL) Will Barnes, ret

July 16, 2018

One of the Spirtual Giants among the Army Chaplaincy Corp! Rest In Peace Faithful Servant and colleague! 🙏🇺🇸🙏

Nikki Shipe-Durrell

July 13, 2018

My husband and I loved to hear his stories and we were absolutely blown away by his kindness. He had just met us and spoke about the greatest hot dogs (my husband a large kid LOVES hit dogs) before we knew it he drove and picked us up a couple of Jimmy's Mart Hot dogs. For anyone in the Columbia area you know they are Famous. He was that kind of caring, generous man who spoke often of his family and friends. We will always remember him and along with many miss him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family always.
Nikki and Ty Durrell