E. (Brad) Bradshaw
Published in Austin
American-Statesman on June 24, 2012
O.E. (Brad ) Bradshaw
passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on June 18, 2012
at the age of 78 in Austin, Texas.
He was born December 2, 1933 in Austin to Louis H. Bradshaw and Mary Ima
Brad grew up in Austin, graduating from Austin High School in 1951, where
he lettered in football, and the University of Texas in 1961 with a degree
In 1953 he married Mary LaVerne Cummings and raised two children. He also
played AA baseball for a short time for the Austin Pioneers.
He joined the US Army Reserves and later served in the US Army. He served
in the Special Weapons Department in Albuquerque until 1957. Brad then
served as a pharmaceutical sales representative in West Texas before he
returned to Austin and founded Durable Medical Equipment, Inc.
In 1999, Brad married Jeanne McNatt Williams. The two of them spent those
last happy years enjoying friends and family and traveling, as long as
he was able.
He will be remembered for his love of hunting and fishing and farming.
He considered himself a "gentleman farmer". He was a kind and
gentle man with many friends. He was highly respected as a business man
with his common sense approach. He made the company grow into what it
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Louis M. Bradshaw.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne McNatt Bradshaw; his son, Brent
E. Bradshaw and his wife, Shelley; a daughter, Brenda Bradshaw Hernandez
and her husband, Nash, Jr.; a step-daughter, Sharyn Davis; his sisters,
Mary Jo Wodke and Martha Anderson; his brother, David Bradshaw; seven
grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be conducted at one o'clock in the afternoon on
Thursday, the 28th of June 2012, in the Colonial Chapel of Cook-Walden
Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas.
In lieu of flowers and the customary remembrances, memorials may be sent
to the Salvation Army, 501 E 8th Street, P.O. Box 1000, Austin, Texas
78767 or the Capital Area Food Bank, 8201 South Congress Avenue, Austin,