OBITUARY

Benton "Ben" Lawrence Bradberry

October 25, 1937September 25, 2019
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Benton (Ben) Lawrence Bradberry died on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 shortly before his 82nd birthday. Handsome and charming until the end, Ben passed surrounded by the family he loved so much. Even as the cancer and medicines took over his mind and body, he put on a brave face and enthusiastically greeted the many people who wanted to pay their respects.

The people who called, wrote and visited all had a story or two of how Ben had touched their lives. His generosity, intellect and candor were widely known and respected, if not always agreed with. He was known to love a good debate and delighted in taking unpopular positions! Ben lived by his own rules. He fought authority and he paved his own way. And if you said he couldn’t do it; he would show you that he could. Paraphrasing the immortal words of Frank Sinatra “He did it his way.”

He was amazed at the improbability of a poor boy from the backwoods of Monroe LA accomplishing all that he had. After enlisting in the Navy, he became an Officer and Pilot in the US Navy with no college education or family support, eventually earning a degree and achieving high honors, from the Naval Postgraduate School. After the military he and his first wife of 24 years, Marge Bradberry, built a very successful real estate business in Jacksonville, Florida and then, in his next improbable career, became the owner of a high performing dental business that he managed with his current wife of 25 years, Morika Bradberry. In both cases his entrepreneurial skills, willingness to take risk and, as he always said, marrying the right women led to his success.

As everyone who knew Ben would attest, he felt his most important accomplishment were his five children, four with Marge and his adopted son with Morika, that all went on to pursue professional careers and start families of their own and was subsequently blessed with seven grandchildren. Nothing made him happier than spending time with them and making sure they had everything they needed. His generosity to his family knew no bounds.

Ben left this world way before he was ready. His love for life, his family and his passion for writing, politics and world events kept him fully engaged. His family is blessed to have been left the gift of his life story in the book “Puttin’ on Airs” as well as a second book focused on his historical passion, the events that led up to and after World War II, “The Myth of German Villainy”, later translated into French and German. He was writing his third book when he was diagnosed with cancer and sadly, he was unable to finish it.

Ben was born October 25, 1937 in Oak Grove, Louisiana to Lawrence and Laverta [Ruffin] Bradberry (later Sharbono), the second oldest son of ten children. Ben is survived by his wife, Mariya (Morika) Bradberry; children Nicole Bradberry (Tracy Buchanan), Jennifer (Mike) DiFazio, John (Linh) Bradberry, and Tim Bradberry; grandchildren Emily Spitler, Jack Spitler, Allison Holland, Mitchell Holland, Olivia Holland, Mia Spitler, and James Bradberry; siblings Helen, Gay, Kay, Brenda, Virgil, Robert, Jack, Joe. He is predeceased by his eldest son Benton Bradberry Jr. and twin brother Glen Bradberry.

For those who would like to attend a celebration of Ben’s life, his family will be hosting a gathering to celebrate his life and say goodbye. It will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. All are welcome!

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, October 5, 2019

  • Reception

    Saturday, October 5, 2019

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Benton "Ben" Lawrence Bradberry

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marjorie bradberry

September 28, 2021

Joe, I forgot to give you my email.
mfbradberr@aol.com or
margebradberry@gmail.com

marjorie bradberry

September 27, 2021

Joe, it was a big surprise for all when Ben was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He went to work every day up until a couple months before he passed. He did not give up easy. So great to hear from you. Email me so I can give you his children's emails and his wife Morika. They would love hearing from you and hearing a few tails about his younger days. So good hearing from you.

Marge

Joseph Cuttitta

September 26, 2021

I’m trying to contact the family to send my personal condolences. I was a long time old friend in the service. Does anyone know how to get in touch?

Chloe Mizrahi

May 31, 2020

I have only now found out about his passing in the Real WWII History group.... So sad. Had tried to reach him last year to get The Myth of German Villiany signed and had no idea he was ill. I wish we had tried harder to meet him, as we lived nearby. What a handsome, intelligent, and thought provoking man. As a German American I am eternally grateful to him for vindicating our people and spreading the truth. We love you so much Mr. Bradberry, and family. What a gem. I can only hope to meet him in the next life. God bless you and your family.

Udo Dreßen

November 8, 2019

As a german, Bentons Book "The myth of german villany" (also available now in german!) helped me MUCH to understand what happended to our people in WW1 and 2. I see things more clearly now, and relate much more positively to my peoples history.

meshell carter

November 6, 2019

Great author and smart man. He will be missed.

Betty (McGuffin WOODFORD ) Smith

September 26, 2019

Ben was a marvelous , brilliant , man , an accomplished business man, and the dear friend of mine and my husband Lou Smith for many years . He and Marge made our Real Estate days fulfilling and often filled with adventure as we shared trips and gatherings with their family and friends . My heart is sad that he has left us , but I shall them cherish always I pray our God’s comfort to each of you in the family as you feel joy in your many sweet memories of dear Ben .

kay bradberry wilton

September 26, 2019

Ben is my brother and I am very sad that I want be able to call and talk with him any longer.I will miss him very much. My prayers and condolences to his family.
So sorry for your loss.
Kay

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