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Billy E. Bradbury left this earth Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, 15 days shy of his 90th birthday. He had a long, good life, but was ready to join his wife of 57 years, Beulah, who he lost in 2016.

Born during the Depression, Billy joined the Navy and saw the world. A 22-year Navy veteran, he fought in the Korean War, was involved in the evacuation of American troops from China, the Vietnam War, and the Bay of Pigs. He was a welder and was in the first class of welders trained to work on the Nuclear Fleet. Billy was stationed in Kansas as a welding instructor, where he met his wife, Beulah Bradbury.

After retiring from the Navy, he went on to retire from Alcoa as a welder. Billy was an avid outdoorsman and gardener. He raised a garden big enough to feed a county, most of which he gave away. He loved horses and living down on the farm in Social Hill. But most of all, he loved being a grandpa and spending time with Kyle and Drew. Recently he found that joy again with the birth of his great-granddaughter, Eloise.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Thelma Bradbury; six brothers, Aubry, Gleason, Tom, Carl, Charles and Larry; a baby sister; and many nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his only son, William (Nancy) Bradbury; grandsons, Drew and Kyle (Sarah); and great granddaughter, Eloise; sisters, Ruby McCurry, Linda (Dale) Eslick, Bonnie Hunicutt, Becky Carter; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Bill Bradbury, Kyle Bradbury, Drew Bradbury, James Bradbury, Raymond Balding and Donnie Rimmer.

Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 2 p.m. today, Jan. 11, with Rev. Calvin Holmes officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Crest Cemetery.

There will be an open visitation.

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