Marian G. Bradley

December 16, 1935February 5, 2019

Age 83, passed away peacefully February 5, 2019 and moved into her new, heavenly home. Born and raised in Sedalia, MO and other small towns in MO, but spent all her adult life in Nashville. A long-time and faithful member of Nashville First Baptist Church and the adult choir. Retired after 30+ years as receptionist for Bass, Berry & Sims after working nearly 10 years at the Baptist Book Store. Had a “golden” alto voice, loved family and church gatherings, traveling all around the U.S. and in Europe with Margie & Mary, and baking cookies (especially for Mr. Bass and other friends/family on special occasions). Preceded in death by parents Brooksie & Gladys Bradley; sisters Joyce Ward (Tommy) and Betty Swift (Ken), brother Martin Bradley (Ruth) and brother-in-law Gene Clinedinst. Survived by sisters Patsy Brethen (Ron) and Linda Clinedinst; thirteen nephews/nieces: Darrell Ward, Diane (Ward) North, Doug Ward, Martia (Bradley) DeMore, Kerry Bradley, Russell Bradley, Shelly Swift, Kelly (Swift) Whitney, Mark Brethen, Ronna (Brethen) McCord, Greg Brethen, Vicki (Clinedinst) Martin and Carol Clinedinst; twenty-five grand-nephews/nieces; and a growing list of great-grand nephews/nieces. We will surely miss her sweet spirit, smile and wit, sharing family meals, holidays and special occasions, laughing, singing and playing dominoes and other board games together, enjoying some of her delicious, oatmeal cookies and other baked delights and hearing some of her Midwestern/Southern sayings (including the infamous, “Lordy Pete”). A memorial service will be held at Woodlawn Funeral Home, Nashville Saturday, February 9 2:30pm with visitation starting at 1:30. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Nashville First Baptist Church for Missions or Music Ministry.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, February 9, 2019

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Reagan Frazier

February 6, 2019

When I moved to Nashville when I was 24 years old in 1966 I joined First Baptist Church Nashville. With all my blood family still living in Louisiana, the Martin Bradley family soon welcomed me to all the family activities and through that relationship I met Marian and began 50 plus years of best friends and soulmate relationship. We did things with her mom and dad who lived across the street from her brother Martin. Eventually, we became best friends and her Christian influence has help make me the person and Christian I am today.

While we did lots of things together including some travel and going to events around town, my best memory is that for a few years just she and I would go to Cracker Barrel for their Thanksgiving meal and then head over to K-mart to shop for Christmas gifts. Those are now precious memories. Those Thanksgivings and taking Marian shopping particularly at J C Penney's (they seem to be the only place that sold slacks that would fit her) are just a few of the many memories we made together. I miss her already.

Tony McFarland

February 6, 2019

My first day at the firm I showed up long before anyone else arrived. Eventually, Marian came in and took her place behind her throne on 27, and became the first person I met. Marian became the face of the firm to me. Lordy Pete; I can remember it like it was yesterday. I also recall Marian announcing to a mid-day caller that John Bryant was "out to lunch". She will truly be missed.