CONCORD – Betty Black Bradfield of Concord died July 31 at Carolinas Medical Center-Northeast after a short illness. A memorial service is planned Wednesday.
She was born to Lee W. and Ida Akins Black on March 4, 1929, in Marietta, Georgia, and grew up in Smyrna, Georgia. She married John Wyndell (Brad) Bradfield in 1950 and they just celebrated their 60th anniversary on June 29.
Betty worked in banking for several years after her marriage. She and Brad moved to Raleigh, in 1958 for his job, and Betty took some time off to raise their family. When Brad’s job brought him to Davidson, she worked for several years at Davidson College’s athletic department.
Later she joined Hipp Construction Co. of Charlotte as office manager and happily worked there for over 20 years before retiring. After her children were grown she took up scuba diving and ballroom dancing and loved to travel to Europe, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Alaska. A major source of happiness was watching her grandchildren grow. Her most recent church home was the First Baptist Church of Cornelius.
Betty is survived by her husband Brad and by her children Wendy Bradfield-Smith and husband Stephen Smith of Portsmouth, Va.; Glen Bradfield, his wife Terry and their children Rachael Moss and Mary Bradfield of Mooresville; and Greg Bradfield, his wife Carol and their children Christopher and Jesse of Davidson. She leaves behind a host of dear friends at the Gardens of Taylor Glen retirement home in Concord.
A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 21007 Catawba Ave., Cornelius, with the Rev. Tom Huneycutt officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (www.jdrf.org) or to the charity of one’s choice.
Raymer Funeral Home is serving the family.