William (Bill) Loyd Bradberry Jr.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, William (Bill) Loyd Bradberry Jr., of Sweetwater, left this earth to join his Heavenly Father on Sept. 10, 2020. He was a man devoted to God, family and country.

Born in Duluth, Georgia, on Feb. 14, 1948, to parents Claudie and Loyd, he grew up in Dacula, Georgia, being known as Billy, with his three younger siblings, making connections with all he encountered.

Having proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, he was a life-long supporter of those in the military.

He earned his associate’s degree and served as the student body president at Truett-McConnell College, and he obtained his undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University. After graduating, he was a blessing to many young athletes as a physical education teacher and gymnastics coach earning the title of Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year and umpiring a Little League Southern Regional Tournament before making a career change.

When he moved to Sweetwater in 1976 with his wife, Alva Jean Bradberry, he quickly became an important member of his new community even though he remained doggedly loyal to his Georgia Bulldogs. He and his wife raised their three children in Sweetwater and he mentored many young men in his role as a baseball coach.

With a successful 41-year career at Vestal Manufacturing, Bill held the positions of traffic manager, sales manager, general manager of sales, and purchasing manager before his retirement in April of this year.

He was preceded in death by: an infant son, Kevin Bradberry; his parents, William Loyd Sr. and Claudie Bradberry; and his grandparents, William Washington and Minnie Adline Greeson Bradberry, and Lonnie Edward and Lola Mary Ann Ewing Moore.

Bill is survived by: his wife of 47 years, Alva Jean Bradberry;

His daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Ray Stapleton, of Virginia, and grandchildren, Joshua and Abby;

His daughter, Jessica Bradberry, of Maryville;

His son and daughter-in-law, Russ and Cambrai Bradberry, of Maryville, and grandsons, Payce, Paxton and Palmer;

His brother and sister-in-law, Ricky and Debby Bradberry, of Greeneville;

His sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Marvin Westbrook, of Dacula, Georgia;

His sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Jimmy Archer, of Dacula, Georgia;

His brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, A.J. and Sharon Smith, of Sweetwater, and Rebecca Parson, of Nashville;

Several nieces and nephews.

Friends may view from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at Kyker Funeral Homes in Sweetwater. Visitation with the family will follow from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m.

A private service will be conducted with Rev. Marvin Westbrook and Dr. Leonard Markham officiating.

A private interment will be conducted in the Edgewood Cemetery in Knoxville.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Kyker Funeral Homes, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements. www.kykerfuneralhomes.com

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