Mr. Holbert Solomon Bradley was born on October 25, 1927 to Ms. Beulah Solomon in Nebraska City, NE. Beulah moved to Lincoln, Nebraska and married Charles Bradley in 1932. He adopted Holbert at the age of 5. Holbert was the oldest of 6 siblings, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.
He attended Elliott Elementary School, Whittier Jr. High School, and Lincoln High School. At an early age he discovered he enjoyed working with his hands. After school in 1945, Holbert enlisted in the US Army and completed his basic training at Ft. Hood in Texas. PVT. Bradley served directly after World War II completing his tour of duty in Italy, France, and Germany. He was with the 3rd Platoon under commanding officer 1st. Lt.William A. Meagher. He received an honorable discharge in 1949.
Mr. Bradley returned to Lincoln and began a career as a construction worker with a specialty in concrete finishing. He later moved to Tucson, AZ where he met and later married Joyce L. Jenkins. After some years of growing their family they decided to move to Holbert's childhood city of Lincoln. The family was active in their schools and community. They joined Mt.Zion Baptist Church under Rev. Collins. Holbert was also a member of the Elks Lodge and Mason. He worked for Steven & Smith Construction Company. He helped to build the Hilton and Cornhusker Hotels along with the Malone center (where he would later retire from) and Malone Manor (where he would later reside in). He was quiet proud of these landmarks he had a hand in throughout Lincoln, NE.
In 2003, Holbert married Judy Oliver on St. Patrick's Day. Over the years, they enjoyed caring for their birds and their dog, Elvis. His favorite things to do was watching football especially the Nebraska games and eating at Golden Coral. Holbert later joined Christ Temple Church, where he served on the usher board and as a parking attendant. He was a true believer in Christ and loved serving his community. He will be forever remembered amongst his friends and family as a man who loved a good cigar, a great conversationalist, a sport enthusiast, a witty friend, know it all big brother, a devoted husband, and strong loving father.
Holbert Bradley departed this life on December 28, 2018. He leaves behind a caring wife Judy, of 15 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Beulah and Charles. Along with his brothers, Theodore, Melvin, and Jerry and sister, Betty Moore (Wordell) as well as honorary daughter, Julie Brown. He's survived by sisters Mrs. Paula McAfee (late Jose), Mrs. Clara Royal (late Cornelius), 5 daughters; Minnie and Patricia Jenkins, Joyce Evans (late Sam), Julie Padilla, Lisa Bradley, 4 sons; Michael Jenkins, Stevie Jenkins, Holbert Bradley Jr.(Vivian) and Rodney Bradley(Donna), 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, a host of cousins, extended families, and friends that will sorely miss him.
Funeral Service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday , January 5, 2019 at Christ Temple Mission Church
500 N 25th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska
Public visitation: 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Family greet: from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.