Presley and Ethel Bradshaw

Mr. Presley Holman Bradshaw, 101 and Mrs. Ethel Oller Bradshaw, 99 both passed away peacefully on Monday evening at Meadowview Health and Rehabilitation Center after 73 years of marriage.

Presley was born October 23, 1910 in Franklin, Kentucky, son of the late Arthur Blan and Nannie Holman Bradshaw. He retired from International Harvester after 30 years of service.

Ethel was born August 17, 1912 in Fordsville, Kentucky, daughter of the late L.V. and Lucia Tucker Oller. She was a homemaker, an accomplished seamstress and also retired from The Singer Company.

They were longtime members of Lyndon Baptist Church and he was a member of the Lyndon Masonic Lodge

They were united in marriage on October 21, 1938 in Somerset, Kentucky.

They leave to cherish their memory, one daughter, Lucia Bryant and husband James R.; one granddaughter, Melissa Wilhelm and husband Eric; two great-granddaughters, Kathryn and Megan Wilhelm as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

They will be remembered in a Celebration of Life service at 12:00 PM on Friday, January 27, 2012 in the Chapel of Arch L. Heady and Son at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Road. Visitation will be from 4 – 8 PM on Thursday and from 10:00 AM until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 26, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, January 27, 2012

Presley and Ethel Bradshaw

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Jessica Shapiro

April 26, 2012

Hello, my name is Jessica Shapiro and I would like to share my deepest condolences, though I did not personally know Ethel or Presley. I am currently in possession of a diary dating back from 1939 in which the name Presley Bradshaw is mentioned as a friend of the owner of the diary. I would like to contact the surviving family of Presley and Ethel Bradshaw to relay the information in the diary and my connection to their late father, and to inquire about the identity of the owner of the diary, whose name was Williams (but whose first name I do not know) and who lived in Louisville in 1939. I am trying to find out any information I can about the owner of the diary. If any of the surviving family of Ethel and Presley or any other parties have any information for me, please contact me at

Judy Hodge

January 29, 2012

I am so sorry to here about the passing of the Bradshaws I met them at the nursing home they was such a cute couple. Just think they are in heaven together and in no pain.

Tatjana Slipczenko

January 28, 2012

I am very sorry for your loss. What a heart-warming love and life story of two beautiful kind loving people. Some people are just meant to be together.. and obviously they kept true to their wedding vows right to the end of their lives: 'in sickness and in health till death do us part'. Death only separated them by a few hours last Monday - and now they are yet again together - happy and healthy for eternity. GOD BLESS AND MAY THEY BOTH CHERISH ETERNITY TOGETHER IN GOD'S CARE. Tatjana Slipczenko

January 27, 2012

Although I do not know your family, this story has truly touched my life. My parents just celebrated 49 yrs together and still going strong. I hope they celebrate as many years as your parents. Staying devoted to each other for long is so wonderful to hear. Their love will last forever...even after they are gone. Very sorry for your loss.

Chasity Stoudemire

January 27, 2012

Dear Lucia and Family,

I was very blessed to have known your parents for a few years while they lived at Meadowview. They are truly an inspiration to so many of us and their undying love for each other was amazing. Although you are experiencing this loss and I know how hard this has to be for you, they were truly blessed to have you to love them like you did. God Bless you and your family. Mr. and Mrs. Presley Bradshaw will be missed and THANK YOU so much for allowing us at Meadowview to be a part of their phenomenal story. We loved them both.

Sue Beasy

January 27, 2012

It was a blessing to be able to visit your folks at Meadowview. Your Dad loved Lily, the Samoyed, and I was blessed by getting to know your family. I am praying for you and your family.

January 27, 2012

For Lucia and the Holman family:

Their love story was and will be always an inspiration for me. They will be together for always. I hope that will be a comfort to all of the family.

Another girl from Fordsville,

Carol deBruler Travis
1102 Forest Park Rd
Louisville, Ky 40223

January 27, 2012

To the Holman family:

Sorry to hear of the deaths of Preston and Ethel.

I meet Mr. Holman two summers ago when he drove himself to Fordsville to see the property he owned-it is across the road from my house. I asked him to come in for a cool drink. We talked for a long time about his life and he talked about Ethel who was in the nursing home - I saw their story on TV - they were not separated on this earth for very long -

A Fordsville girl,
Linda de Bruler Ratliff
128 Canary Ln
Fordsville,, Ky 42343

January 27, 2012

Thank you for allowing us to be a small part of Presley & Ethel's lives. They were an inspiration to all of us. We feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to know and care for them. We will miss them dearly.

Jinny Cornett, & staff at Meadowview Health & Rehab

Ann D

January 27, 2012

Dear Lucia and family,

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. With parents as you were blessed with I can't feel that you have a loss but rather another testament to their love and faith. I know that what they shared with you will stay with you until their light shines upon you again. Wishing you the joy that comes with the faith of knowing your parents are united for the rest of eternity with their Lord.