Riley Augustus Bradham, Jr. ’45

Mr. Riley Augustus Bradham, Jr., 91, of the Columbia Presbyterian Community, died Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Mr. Bradham was born March 26, 1923, in Sumter, SC, to the late Riley Augustus Bradham, Sr. and Mabel Bowman Bradham. He attended Sumter city schools, Davidson College, and received a B.A. degree in English from the University of South Carolina where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He would later serve as the President of the USC Alumni Association.


Mr. Bradham was a U.S. Army Artillery veteran, having served in the European Theatre of Operations. He was a Purple Heart recipient for wounds received at the Battle of Anzio in the Italian Campaign during World War II.


Mr. Bradham was the owner of Bradham Insurance and Real Estate Company in Sumter. In 2003, he moved to Columbia and was a resident of the Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina on DaVega Drive in Lexington and attended Eastminster Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of The Society of the High Hills of the Santee.


Survivors include his sister, Amelia Bradham Kesling of Scottsdale, AZ; brothers, Robert Randolph Bradham, M.D., of Charleston, SC, and Peyton Welbourne Bradham of Hartsville, SC; along with many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor McMaster Bradham; and brother, Gilbert Bowman Bradham, M.D.


A graveside service for Mr. Bradham will be held 2 o’clock Monday, December 1st in Fort Jackson National Cemetery with The Rev. Lynn Grandsire officiating.

Memorials may be made to University of South Carolina Educational Foundation, 1027 Barnwell St., Columbia, SC 29208.


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