Johnnie Davis Bradley
Published 3:20 pm Wednesday, November 9, 2016
DREWRYVILLE — Johnnie Davis Bradley, 94, died as she lived — peacefully and quietly. She was born on Jan. 18, 1922, to Joseph and Mattie Davis. She entered into life eternal on Nov. 5, 2016, at Greensville Memorial Hospital, Emporia, Virginia.
Johnnie attended public schools in Southampton County and graduated from Riverview High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Elizabeth City State Teachers College in 1944. Her first teaching job was in Southampton County in a two-room school house where she taught grades 1-3. She would retire as a teacher of English to the blind at the Virginia School at Hampton. Required coursework would take her to Gallaudet and Syracuse universities.
Johnnie was a faithful member of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, where she attended regularly until her health began to decline. During her many years of service to the glory of God, she served in a number of capacities, including Sunday school teacher, Bazaar Craft Committee member and Altar Guild member. As a member of the Altar Guild, she lent her talents as seamstress to much of the altar linens in use today, and was one of a handful of ladies to make the beautiful white funeral pall that will drape her casket.
Johnnie was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Percy Courtney Bradley; two brothers, Paul N. Davis and Russell Parker; seven sisters, Esther S. McGee, Eunice P. Bell, Helen D. Fields, Mattie D. Jackson, Ethel D. Cartwright, Sadie D. Barber, Lorraine D. Roberson and Lydia D. Calviness.
Left to cherish her memory are three devoted daughters, Rose B. Parker (Littleton), Dr. Deborah B. Brown (Charles) and Phyllis B. Jackson (Harry); six grandchildren, Monica B. Moss (the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III), Dr. Travis Brown (Esther), Jeffrey Brown, Christopher Jackson, Janis Jackson and Angela Nunnally (Courtney); four great-grandchildren, Elijah Moss, Makayla Moss, August Brown and Logann Nunnally; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A special thank you is extended to her primary caregivers, Penny Powell and Carolyn Reed. Thank you also to Lillian Prince, Misha Powell and Michelle Williams.
The celebration of life will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Newport News, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Johnnie’s memory may be made to St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church earmarked for the Saturday Feeding Program.