CHURCH HILL — Delain “Ottie” Bradshaw, age 69, of Church Hill, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital.
Delain was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was generous, kind, funny, and a great friend to everyone. He served in the U.S. Army, retired from AFG in Kingsport following nearly 40 years of service, and was of the Baptist faith.
His special claim to fame was tackling Steve Spurrier during a high school football game in 1960. Although Delain prevented Mr. Spurrier from scoring a touchdown for Science Hill, he sustained a knee injury that prevented him from going on the play ball for the University of South Carolina, where Steve Spurrier coaches today.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Lilly Bradshaw; step-son, Richard Gardner; brother, George Bradshaw; and sister, Bea Johnson.
Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Bradshaw, of the home; daughter, Rhenda Dye and husband, Craig, of Kingsport; Brett Collins, who was like a son to him; step-daughter, Felicia Allen, of Church Hill, and fiancée, Geoffrey Galliher; two grandchildren, Shayne Byington and Jacob Byington; one sister, Helen Hobbs, of Church Hill; one brother, Jim Bradshaw, of Church Hill; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from noon until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Oak Hill Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2011, in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home with Reverend Jerry Dykes officiating.
Burial will follow in Oak Hill Memorial Park with friends and family serving as pallbearers.
Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
An online guest registry may be signed at www.oakhillmemorialpark.com.