|Funeral services planned Saturday for Dr. Jimmy Bradshaw, 81|
|Tuesday, February 19, 2013|
He delivered thousands of babies, had a most gentle bedside manner, was a founding member of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. board of directors, and is fondly remembered for greeting friends as “buddy” and sometimes even as “good buddy.”
Dr. James C. Bradshaw, Jr., a health care icon in Lebanon for more than 50 years, died suddenly Monday night in Naples, Fla. He was 81 years old.
Revered for his family medical practice, Dr. Bradshaw, who was born in the Tuckers Crossroads Community in Wilson County but grew up in nearby Trousdale County, was the attending physician for hundreds of patients from all across Middle Tennessee but primarily from Wilson, Trousdale, Macon, Smith, Clay and Jackson counties.
He is survived by his wife Martha and four children including James C. Bradshaw, III (Sally); Julia Bradshaw Johnson (Robert); John H. Bradshaw (Karen); and Jay M. Bradshaw (Joey); 11 grandchildren and a sister, Ann Bradshaw Sitton. Preceding him in death were parents Mr. and Mrs. James C. Bradshaw; two brothers, Judge Robert Bradshaw and Bobo Bradshaw.
The family will receive friends Friday, Feb. 22 between the hours of 1-7 p.m. at Lebanon's First United Methodist Church and again on Saturday from 9 until the 11 a.m. funeral at the church.
Dr. Bradshaw attended the University of the South at Sewanee before entering the U.S. Navy in 1951. After a four year stint in the Navy he returned to college earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville and graduating from the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis.
He began his practice in Lebanon at McFarland Hospital in 1961. He was on staff at McFarland until 1988 and served as Chief of the Medical Staff from 1963 to 1977.
He joined the medical staff at University Medical Center in 1988. He was Chief of the Medical Staff at UMC for two years from 1990 to 1992 and served on the hospital’s governing board from 1990 to 1998.
A graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy, the late doctor returned to the campus to serve in a part time position as the school’s physician from 1968 until the school closed in 1986.
Dr. Bradshaw was a member of the Lebanon Afternoon Rotary, the First United Methodist Church, and was active in a number of local community and nonprofit organizations. He was also an Organizer of the First Freedom Bank board of directors.
He served on the board of the Tennessee Medical Association, was a past chairman of that organization, and was active in helping the TMA and national medical organizations promote certain legislative issues on both state and federal levels.
For some 33 years he served as a member of the Cracker Barrel board of directors beginning his service on that board when the company was formed in 1969.
He was remembered Tuesday by Larry Keller, a former UMC chief executive officer, as being “a very kind and caring doctor.” Keller, speaking of Dr. Bradshaw, said he “touched many lives throughout the many years of his practice.”
Others remembered Dr. Bradshaw as someone who genuinely liked people and always projected a friendly disposition.
A respectable athlete himself, he was a fan of high school and college football and enjoyed playing both tennis and golf. For a number of years he had a regular Sunday afternoon tennis game in the spring, summer and fall months and in the winter he played tennis indoors in Nashville with a group friends.