Sep 28, 2010 - 09:01:55 pm CDT (GREENVILLE, S.C.) - Mr. Bradner, a native of Yanceyville, North Carolina, was decorated for meritorious service in WWII in both the European and Pacific Theaters of Operation. A long-time resident of Greensboro, NC and more recently a resident of Greenville, SC, and Atria MerryWood Senior Living community in Charlotte, he died at Presbyterian Hospital's Harris Hospice Unit on September 19, 2010 following a brief illness. He was 89. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Anne Evans Bradner of the home; son Charles Barry Bradner and wife Janice Bray Bradner of Charlotte, NC; son Kenneth Lee Bradner and wife, Susan Bruner Bradner of Dunlap, TN; and daughter, Jo Anne Bradner Hennigan and husband James Joseph Hennigan of Clermont-Ferrand, France. He is also survived by six grandchildren, John Joseph Bradner and Matthew Lee Bradner of Atlanta, GA; Elisabeth Anne Bradner of New Orleans, LA; Abigail Lee Bradner of Rock Hill, SC; and Timothy Xavier Hennigan and Marjorie Claire Hennigan of Clermont-Ferrand, France; and a sister, Mabel Bradner Pleasant and her husband, John Pleasant of Yanceyville, NC, and a brother, Dorsey Bradner and his wife Mary of Yanceyville, NC.
Mr. Bradner served in WWII as the radio operator for a three-man team in a group of commando units known as the Jedburghs under the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency. Team "Anthony" parachuted into eastern France on the night of August 14, 1944 on the eve of the Allied invasion of Southern France. For his efforts in France, Mr. Bradner received honors from the King of England in Mentions-in-Dispatches and also the Croix de Guerre with bronze star from the French government. Mr. Bradner also served with distinction in the Pacific Theater in Burma as well as outside the city of Beijing, receiving the Bronze Star from the U.S. War Department. Mr. Bradner worked for Sears, Roebuck & Company in Greensboro, NC for 26 years as an accountant and auditor, retiring in 1980.
A graveside service will be held at Westminster Gardens, 3601 Whitehurst Road, in Greensboro, NC on October 2 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross. The Bradner family wishes to express sincere thanks to Presbyterian Hospice for their compassionate service to John and the family. Arrangements for the Bradner family are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington/Matthews Chapel. Online guest book available www.heritagefuneral.net.