William Elmo Bradfield

February 16, 1921January 28, 2021

William Elmo Bradfield, 99, died Thursday, January 28, 2021 at West Georgia Hospice, LaGrange, GA.

He was the son of James David Bradfield and Annie Lambert Bradfield born February 16, 1921 in the Long Cane district of Troup County. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 68 years, Carolyn Moncrief Bradfield and son, Robert Lewis Bradfield, his siblings, James David Bradfield, Lynda Claire Bradfield Arrington, Frances Bradfield Brown Hollis and Robert Sydney Bradfield.

He served for 3 years in World War II as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He was discharged from active duty in late 1945 with the rank of Captain. He also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve until 1963 with the rank of Major. During WWII he was in the Troop Carrier Division of the Air Force in the China, Burma, India Theater where for 15 months he transported troops, ammunition, medical supplies and food, mostly by parachute drops, to American, British and Chinese troops fighting in the jungles of Burma and western China. He also participated in the transport of troops and supplies “Over The Hump” from India to China.

He was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange where he served many years as a Deacon and as an Elder. He worked for Callaway Mills and Milliken and Company in several capacities for 49 years. He retired from Milliken and Company in 1989 as a Product Manager in the Marketing Department of the Carpet and Rugs Division. He was a member of Highland Country Club for over 60 years where he served as President and enjoyed his favorite pastime of golf. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for many years. After the death of his wife he moved to Vernon Woods Retirement Community where he enjoyed the company of many residents and staff.

He is survived by his son, William Thomas Bradfield and his wife, Joan Gamble Bradfield; grandson, William Judson Bradfield and his wife, Jordan Nemiroff Bradfield, and grandson, Benjamin Thomas Bradfield; brother, Joe Lewis Bradfield and his wife, Jeanine L. Bradfield; various nieces and nephews.

A private family memorial service will be held at Shadowlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations to the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange.

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Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636


  • First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange


  • Graveside Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021


William Elmo Bradfield

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Denise Stewart

February 4, 2021

Praying peace and comfort for all Elmo's family who he talked about daily and loved dearly! Elmo was a gentle soul, kindhearted, loved to tell stories(I guess that is why he reminded me so much of my Pap Pap) and loved a good laugh! Elmo use to tell me I had a "million dollar laugh" and he had no clue how encouraging that was to me because I am loudmouth when I laugh. lol
Elmo was my friend for years and I will truly miss our talks and being able to care for him at times. It was an honor to care for him! He use to tell me "I bet you get tired of taking care of this Old Codger don't you?" so not only did I lovingly call him Old Codger but I also called him my best friend! I miss him so much already but I know I will see him again one day and that gives my heart great joy and peace! Thank you Elmo for the life you were a true Patriot and a wonderful friend! I will forever remember, with a smile and a thankful heart, our video call that I was blessed with just days before the Lord called you home and you entered into your eternal rest with Him. Thank you to those that made that call possible!!!! I am not saying good-bye but rather see you again Old Codger! I love you!

Gary Waltemath

February 4, 2021

Elmo and Carolyn were neighbors and best friends with my parents Ed and Peg Waltemath for many years and they spent many evenings together and even travelled together. Later after their spouses died they enjoyed every night Happy hour at Vernon woods together. When Ed passed away Elmo filled in as a father to my brother Terry Waltemath who was also a resident at Vernon Woods. I will always be thankful for the kindness Elmo showed my brother after my parents’ passing. He was a great story teller and I loved to visit him at Vernon Woods.

Terri Freeman

January 31, 2021

Elmo was such a sweet soul. I spent many hours listening to him tell stories about growing up and when he entered the service. The flights he made across the hump. When he got ready for bed at night he would say I’ve got to comb my hair. I might meet a pretty angel while I am sleeping. I always thought he was talking about Carolyn. It was an honor and a pleasure to take care of him this last year and I will never forget him. Fly high Elmo and I love you and miss you terribly.

Tonja Terrana

January 30, 2021

Our hearts are breaking upon hearing the news of Elmo's passing. We are praying for God's comforting touch for all of you during this time. Since the time Mike, Kat and I first met Elmo, he has held a place in our hearts. We will miss him greatly, but I know that our loss is heaven's gain. He is not limited or restricted now but has fullness of joy in His presence. Sending our love to all, the Terrana family--

Charity Lashley

January 29, 2021

Elmo was such a kind hearted man. He definitely had a beautiful soul. I loved our evening walks and all of our talks. Him telling me his life story of him in the Air force and growing up is what im gonna miss the most. I am gonna miss him so much. I love you Elmo. You just made heaven a bit more sweeter.