Pierce Samuel Bradley, Jr. passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2021. Pierce was born May 14, 1925 to Pierce S. Bradley Sr and Dora Allen Bradley of Yancey County, North Carolina. He was the grandson of Ulyss S. Allen of the Pensacola Community. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters Louise B Honeycutt, Gladys B. Grindstaff and a daughter Deborah B. Clark.
Mr. Bradley is survived by his beloved wife of more than 77 years, Marian Anderson Bradley; sons David P. Bradley and wife Lori, A. Keith Bradley and wife Robin, daughter Susan B. Kingsmore and husband Mike, and son-in-law Horace B. Clark III. Pierce has eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
He was so very proud of his grandchildren and enjoyed watching them grow into fine young adults, who lovingly referred to him as Granddad. He delighted in having them all together and looked forward to their every call or visit, even though it was often a three-ring circus - no matter their age! He was always quick with a story, sage advice, or the hard truth when it was necessary. Each of his grandchildren chose a different path in life and he was proud of the lives they made for themselves. He was loved dearly by his grandchildren and left each with unforgettable memories and instilled in them the importance of family and the value of hard work and determination.
Mr. Bradley graduated from Burnsville High School in 1942 and attended Brevard College. He proudly enlisted in the US Marine Corps, where he served in the South Pacific during World War II. The grit and determination required in the US Marines would serve him throughout the rest of his life. While on leave, Pierce met his true love, Marian. The two eloped and married in 1945 in Greenville, SC. Pierce and Marian made their home in Marion, NC. Soon after, Pierce fulfilled his dream by establishing Bradley Lumber Company that same year. Although no longer in the lumber industry the company thrives today. For over 47 years, Pierce was instrumental in the growth and development of Marion and McDowell County. His contributions to the area include the construction of two major shopping centers, Lady Marian Plaza (which was named in honor of his wife Marian) and Marion City Square. Along with many other commercial buildings and numerous residential homes and apartments. Pierce was honored in 2019 by Marion City Council with a portion of North Main (the 5 lane) dedicated to him for his vision in development throughout the years. Pierce was involved with local government and served on the McDowell County Commission Board for 6 years.
The Bradley’s moved to Asheville, NC in the mid 90’s. Pierce enjoyed a slower pace of life, but never truly retired. One of the best experiences of his life came when he took part in an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with fellow veterans to visit the World War II memorials. Pierce always held the VA doctors, nurses, and staff in the highest regards. In particular, Dr. Kevin Treackle and his staff.
For decades, Pierce regarded Dr. Ronald Caldwell as a dear friend and physician. He and Marian also received exceptional care from the nurses and staff at Harmony at Reynolds Mountain in Asheville.
Pierce, Marian, and the Bradley family have been active members of the First Baptist Church of Marion for over 65 years
Pierce loved his family, friends, church, and the City of Marion unconditionally. He was a very sincere and humble man, and proud of his many accomplishments.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The First Baptist Church of Marion at 99 N Main Street, Marion, NC, 28752.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Marion. A funeral service to celebrate Mr. Bradley’s life will follow at 2:00 pm at the church with Dr. Scott Hagaman officiating. Interment will follow the service at McDowell Memorial Park with military honors by the U.S. Marine Corp.