Wesley Bradley

Wesley Cooper "Wes" Bradley

Friday, January 14th, 1966 - Thursday, April 25th, 2019
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Wesley Cooper “Wes” Bradley was born on January 14, 1966 to Robert “Smo” Nance Bradley and Sandra Jones Bradley of Salem, Virginia. Wes attended North Cross School and was an athlete of distinction in soccer as an All Timesland sweeper back and football as an All Metro Tight End. He went on to attend Virginia Tech and graduated from Radford University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing & Finance. Wes joined The Bradley Company and University Housing Group to work with his father developing student housing across the country. Upon his father’s retirement, Wes took over operations as President of the companies.

Wes was a strong, complex, and generous man. He enjoyed a good political debate but was incredibly well-read and eloquent and thus a formidable opponent. He had a love of art and architecture and was a big fan of Mid-Century design and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as Asian design and Japanese culture. Wes was trained in Filipino Martial Arts, specializing in Arnis and Pekiti tirsia, and became an extremely accomplished stick fighter, one of the best in the Valley and maybe the Commonwealth. He would credit his fighting partner Logan Doughty for this passion.

Wes loved music from a young age and playing guitar became his therapy. He was in a variety of rock bands over the years, starting with his high school band The Abdomen, and later the Trademarks, Oinker and Pandora’s Box. All these bands were a great source of pride and Wes loved all his bandmates as family. He had enviable collections of guitars and art and enjoyed concerts and museums on his travels.

Wes had friends across the country and around the globe, and was a devoted son and husband, adoring father and steadfast sibling. His love of animals ensured there were always dogs in the house, and he was a foodie who could whip up a mean waffle and an even tastier Boeuf de Noel. He loved cars as well, and always had something nice in the garage.
HIs heroes included Ron Swanson, Ayn Rand, Pete Townshend, Jonny Greenwood and Bruce Lee. He loved to read, listen to music, travel, debate and laugh with “his girls.” He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Most of all, Wes was a quietly generous man who would never turn down a friend in need. He rarely took any credit for the many gifts he gave his friends and family, who he loved unconditionally. His way, sometimes raw and mostly satirical sense of humor will be missed by all of us.

Wes’s life was dedicated to his loving wife, Melissa Brinkley Bradley (Missy,) and his beautiful daughter, Madeline Lizette Bradley (Maddy,) who survive him.

He is also survived by his parents, his stepmother Enola Mabry, of Roanoke, VA, his brother Robert F. Bradley and his wife Linda, of Jamestown, NC, his sister Lezlie B. Snyder and her daughters Olivia and Ava Snyder, of Roanoke, VA. his stepbrother Ian Anderson and his wife Kari Radasch and their two children; and his mother-in-law Kathy Brinkley. Wes also had many aunts, uncles and cousins that he adored.

A period visitation will be held at John M. Oakey & Son at 305 Roanoke Blvd., Salem Virginia on Tuesday April 30, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm. Memorial services to honor Wes's life will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:00 am in the chapel of John M. Oakey & Son, Salem. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park also in Salem.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Franklin County’s Planned Pethood & Humane Society, Angels of Assisi or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

In the words of his favorite band The Pixies, “This monkey’s gone to heaven.”

Online condolences may be expressed at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 11:00am
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Kier, Everett
  • Interment

    Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 12:00pm
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Lisa Martin

Posted at 02:48pm
My heart hurts with the loss of Wes. My love and prayers are lifted up for the dear family and friends who are left behind. His love to many made an indelible imprint in our memories. Please find comfort in knowing that love never ends. We never lose the people we love, not even to death. They will continue to participate in every act, thought and decision that you make. Love you all...

Shay, Kaylin, Naomi Bradley

Posted at 05:56pm
The forests join the forces of the universe and so goes all life.
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Shay, Kaylin, Naomi Bradley, Paula J Jean

Posted at 05:40pm
The circle of life. May it forever be unbroken.
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Steve and Sally Poland

Posted at 02:02pm
Dear Missy and Maddy, We are so very sorry for your loss. Wes will forever be in our memories and our hearts. Love, Steve and Sally
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Posted at 01:29pm
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