William “Bill” Bradley

June 25, 1956 - September 15, 2015
William “Bill” Bradley

William “Bill” Bradley, 59, of Hendersonville went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at the Brian Center under the care of Four Seasons Hospice. He was the son of the late Evelyn Katherine Brown and Max Charles Bradley of Cullowhee. He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Bernard Bartlett Brown and Ellen Katherine Brown and two grandsons, Brayden Barrera and Xander Bautista.

Bill was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and former Executive Director of Hearts with Hands where he was able to help those in need by serving the Lord, Jesus Christ. He was the former president of BEACON (Buncombe Emergency Assistance Coordinating Network), a reserve deputy with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office and served as supervisor of the campus police for Western Carolina University for 12 years.

Survivors include his loving wife of 22 years this Friday, Janice Messer Bradley; four daughters, Shavonne “Shay” Barrera and husband, Victor, Aimee Bautista and husband, Alex, both of Candler, Vanessa Davis and significant other, Mike Satterfield, of Hendersonville, and Sara Bradley and significant other, Matt Potito, of Maryland; seven grandchildren, A.J., Ethan, Addison, Anahi, Araceli, Alina and Braxton; two sisters, Jeanette Brown and husband Charlie (who was more like a brother to Bill) of Arden, and Kathy Peek and husband Randy of TN; sisters in Christ, Silky Love Caldwell, Summer Wilson and Jessica Daughterery; nephews, Charlie, Christian and Alan; nieces, Stefeni, Miranda and Megan; brother-in-law, Gene Wilson Messer and wife Marsha; sister-in-law, Roslyn Hunter and husband Bob; his dog and companion, “Lexi Love,” and countless faithful friends.

A memorial service will be held 2pm on Friday, September 18, 2015 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel in Hendersonville. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 South Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731, or to Eblen Charities, 50 Westgate Parkway, Asheville, NC 28806.


Service

Friday, September 18, 2015
2:42 PM

Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel - Directions
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Visitation

Friday, September 18, 2015
2:42 PM - 2:42 PM

Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel - Directions
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • September 17, 2015
    Co-Wefa Lyda says:
    Daddy Bill always took care of everyone else he cared about people and did not like to see them suffer, he did more good for this world in his short life time then most people will ever even think of. And he did it not for his self here on earth but to the glory of God. I know God gave you a huge hug and said Bill your were faithful now enjoy your rewards. Bill you will be missed here on earth, but Blessed in heaven! Love the Lyda Family

  • September 17, 2015
    Rev. Andy Hollifield says:
    I wanted to give my condolences to Bill's family. My most rewarding times in trucking were the times I spent driving for Bill at HWH. Not only was he great to volunteer for but I considered him a good friend. I always found Bill to be an humble and extremely compassionate man and I always appreciated the fact that with Bill, "what you see is what you get". He was always just who he was and didn't try to impress you. He probably had no idea how well thought of he was and how many lives his life touched both personally as well as in his work. He truly was "the heart in Hearts With Hands". I have many stories about Bill which will always be cherished memories. He will be greatly missed by all that were blessed to know him and now he has graduated to his reward. Our prayers are with all the family.

  • September 17, 2015
    Joyce Dugan says:
    I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I got to know him when I worked at Harrah's Casino in Cherokee when we made a contribution to to Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Bill was already there and was to lead us through the rubble and to meet officials? When our Harrah's contact offered to send a car for us, little did we imagine it would ne a limo! I called Bill and expressed my embarrassment that we would be showing up in a limo! I could hear him and his help laughing! So we plowed through the rubble, thankful that the windows were darkened! Several weeks later, I received an application for funding from Hearts with Hands for $50K "to purchase a limo to drive the Chief around"! He got the biggest kick out of my embarrassment. In that short time I learned what a fine man he was! Especially in his concern for people in crisis, and he could make you laugh through the tears. He had a special place in heaven and I know he was greeted with loving arms. May the memories of his life on this earth bring peace to his family in this time of sorrow.

  • September 17, 2015
    Earnest Hudson says:
    On behalf of the Western Carolina University Police Department and Western Carolina University, I would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. William B. Bradley at his passing. Sgt. Bradley served the University for over twelve years as a police officer and as a patrol sergeant. We are thankful for his many years of service to the University as well as his continued service to the community thereafter. Public Service in all it's forms takes a special person. By all accounts, Sgt. Bradley was indeed a special person. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Earnest R. Hudson Chief of Police Western Carolina University Police Department

  • September 17, 2015
    Geraldine Langford Taylor lit a candle:
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