William E Bradley

September 7, 1939 ~ February 27, 2022 (age 82)


William E. (Bill) Bradley, of Buckhead, Ga. died in hospice care on Sunday, February 27th 2022.

He was born in Ettrick, Va. on September 7th, 1939 to Charles O. and Mattie Hawkins Bradley.  Bill married wife Carol  Johns Bradley in August of 1971. They lived in the Covington/Social Circle area for over 30 years, then fell in love with beautiful Lake Oconee, and built their retirement home there.

Bill was an avid college football fan, and a skilled fisherman. His most memorable catch being a 250 lb. Yellowfin tuna from the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

He  graduated High School in Davenport, Iowa, and attended Northwestern University with an eye on a career in Law Enforcement. He was a member of the Competitive Shooting Team for his department, winning many Marksmanship awards. He switched careers later when he joined Lake States Engineering as a driller. He retired after 35 years as the owner/operator of A-1 Drilling Service Inc. primarily engaged in construction drilling in the Atlanta area.  Gwinnett Civic Center, multiple MARTA stations, Phillips arena, and Turner Field are amongst his completed projects.  He was listed as a designated participating contractor.

He is survived by his loving wife, Carol and his much-loved dog, Teddy. Also surviving is a large blended family including numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren belonging to the Bradley families, Howard family, Emery family and Taylor family in Georgia;  the Bradley, Oates, and Ehredt  families  in Illinois, and the Villareal/Allen family in Colorado. He was preceded in death by son, Scott Bradley, and brothers, Charles and Robert Bradley. His youngest brother, Ronald Bradley of Mansfield, Ga. also survives.

Bill is best known locally, and in the greater  Atlanta  area  for bringing Christmas smiles to children and adults alike for more than 25 years until retirement in 2018. PRIVATE  FAMILY  SERVICE.  In lieu of flowers, please honor Oconee Regional Humane Society with a donation in his name. There is a “match program” in effect.     Website:……..Phone: 706-454-1508. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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