(March 13, 1938 – March 04, 2018)
Dublin businessman and civic leader Harry Al Bradberry, 79, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018, after a year-long battle with cancer.
Harry took over the family business – Bradberry’s Best – in 1974 from his father, Charlie Ben Bradberry, that had been started in 1947.
He was well known in a wide variety of circles, particularly in the rodeo world as well as for his humor.
Harry was born March 13, 1938, in Gorman to Charlie Ben and Harvey Barberry,
He attended Dublin schools and was recognized as one of the players on the famed Tarleton Plow Boy football team that won the 1956 Junior College National Championship. He has been nominated for the Tarleton Sports Hall of Fame.
Harry was involved in the Dublin World Championship Rodeo and its link with the Madison Square Garden World Championship rodeo in New York City, riding the stock train from Dublin to New York after the conclusion of the rodeo in Dublin.
After college, he worked for Montgomery Ward, Santa Fe railroad trucking division and later was national sales manager for the Covey Cooler Corporation before coming home to join the family business.
Harry became well known for his support and knowledge of agriculture and support of young people. To that end, he served on the Dublin School board in the 1970s and 1980s.
He enjoyed farming and helping people and for years had planted fields of blackeye peas, corn, tomatoes, peppers and melons for friends and customers to enjoy. Harry didn’t particularly like vegetables.
He was an entrepreneur, having started and owned Carbon Farm Supply, Triple B Fertilizer, Bradberry Mini-Mall, Bradberry Furniture Store and cattle operations as well as with his son, Charlie, started Bradberry Builder’s Supply.
He had served as a director of F&M Bank in DeLeon as well as being on the TSU Advisory Board and Bradberry Enterprises (Wholesale gloves and knives).
In later years, Harry pursued one his many loves and that was music. He served on many occasions as master of ceremonies for various musical events and went on to own multiple radio stations, having several Christian and country and western programs, notably his chuck wagon serenade.
On the radio, Harry became legendary for his humor, philosophy and stories. In 2008, Harry was inducted into the Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame.
At the very top of his list was his love for the Lord. He was a member Graham Street of Christ and a strong advocate of the Fosters Home for Children in Stephenville.
He is survived by one daughter, Amy Miller and her husband, Terry of Dublin; three sons, Charlie Bradberry and his wife, Susan, David Bradberry and his wife Rebecca, Paul Bradberry, all of Dublin; one brother, Dr. Ronald Bradberry and his wife, Annette, of Stephenville; grandchildren, Heather of Dublin and Christie of Abilene, Heath Haynes of Stephenville; Chris of Dublin and Kim of Stephenville; and Zachary, Colton and Matthew of Dublin, and four great grandchildren. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Graham Street Church of Christ with burial at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Stephenville. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Harrell Funeral Home in Dublin.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to Fosters Home for Children.