James Thomas Bradley of Dillard entered into eternal rest on Nov. 18, 2010, after a lengthy illness. He was born June 24, 1948, and is a native of Virginia. Jimmy spent his entire adult life in South Florida prior to retiring in 2002. Since then he has spent time in Florida and his mountain cabin in Dillard. He was an avid motorcycle and car enthusiast and loved to travel the country in his 43' RV. James loved the Florida Keys, Boating and Scuba Diving. He was known to pamper every Porsche, Mercedes, BMW and Cadillac so that his beloved wife and family could travel in style. Jimmy was a devoted family man who loved the Holiday Season and cherished giving gifts to his family and friends. There was no such thing as a token gift, the gifts Jimmy gave to those he loved were meaningful and heartfelt and will last a lifetime.
He was owner and operator of Bradley Air Conditioning in Miami, Fla., until his retirement in 2002. Over several decades Jimmy grew Bradley Heating & Air into a multi-million dollar business with over 50 employees. His employees were always compensated at the top of the pay scale and Jimmy was known to have the best company Holiday Party in Dade County. Incredibly, he achieved a mechanical contractor license at the age of 18 and was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite, Shriner's of North America. Jimmy was a member of South Dade Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce, as well as a Lifetime member of the NRA. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 13.
Survivors include his devoted and loving wife of 42 years, Rebecca McGill Bradley; his daughters, Kimberly Bradley Heller and Kelly Bradley Napier; his sons-in-law, John Heller and Lee Napier; his granddaughters, McKenzie, Madison and Emma Heller and Rebecca and Jessica Napier; his sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Jim Franklyn; uncle, Marshall Stephens; aunt, Opal Peeples; stepmother, Jeanelle Jordan; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his fathers, Odell Pete Bradley and James Thomas Jordan; his mother, Sigga Bradley; mother-in-law, Ann French; and his sister, Hanna Bradley Vanderbeek. Also preceding him in death are his beloved sister-in-law, Carole McGill Bullen and Larry McGill.
The family will celebrate the life of James T. Bradley and receive friends on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. Graveside services are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at 2 p.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. A second memorial service will be held in Jimmy's honor at a later date in Miami, Fla.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA 30504 is in charge of arrangements.
Send online condolences to www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.
Published by gainesvilletimes.com on Nov. 20, 2010.