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Breaking News James Bradley dies

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By Jenny Arnold

One of Lancaster's most well-known civic, business and education leaders has died.

James “Jim” Bradley, 92, died Sunday.

Bradley moved to Lancaster in 1947 and served as an executive for Springs Industries, the former textile giant that was once the leading employer in Lancaster County.

Bradley was active in the community from the start. He served on the Lancaster Board of Education, during school integration and consolidation.

For more than 36 years, he dedicated his time and talents to the University of South Carolina.

It was under his leadership that the University of South Carolina Business Partnership Foundation, a liaison between the university and South Carolina’s business community, was established.

Bradley was a member of the University of South Carolina board of trustees for 30 years. He was a long-time supporter and contributor to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus. In 1999 the new $11 million Arts and Sciences Building at USCL was named in recognition of his service on the board of trustees and the role he played in developing financial support for the new building.

Through the years Bradley served in key positions within the Lancaster Rotary Club and First United Methodist Church. He was the first president of HOPE in Lancaster, a charity that assists the needy with food and utility bill payments.

In 1971, Bradley was named Citizen of the Year in Lancaster County and was also awarded an honorary doctor of law degree from the University of South Carolina.  

In 1992 he received the Order of the Palmetto from former Gov. Carroll Campbell.

In 2000, Bradley received the Distinguished Service Award from USC's Moore School of Business.

One of his most recent honors came when he received the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce's Citizenship and Service award at the chamber's annual meeting in January.

Bradley said he was doubly honored by the  citizenship and service award.

“I am so grateful,” he said after accepting the award. “Thank you for letting me be a member of this wonderful organization for the 62 years we've been in Lancaster.”

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Lancaster, followed by a private graveside service.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mahaffey Funeral Home.

For a complete story, read Wednesday's edition of The Lancaster News.

Contact senior reporterJenny Arnold at 283-1151