Bradshaw passing mourned
by Ron Gregory
Charleston – The Kanawha County Commission is leading those who learned the sad news today of the passing of former Chesapeake Mayor Damron Bradshaw.
Kanawha County Commission President W. Kent Carper said, “I had the honor of speaking with Mayor Bradshaw shortly before his passing, as did Judge Duke Bloom. We were dear friends, and his friendship was something to be cherished.”
Bradshaw served his community for over 45 years and was recognized as a leader of the Democrat party. He served as Mayor of Chesapeake for 24 of those years.
Bradshaw served in multiple leadership roles throughout the county, including being instrumental at Camp Virgil Tate and Yeager Airport. He also served as a longtime member of the Kanawha County Regional Development Authority and as a member of the Kanawha County Fair Board.
“He was a man of faith who led prayers in some of the darkest times of our county, including during the events of September 11th,” Carper added.
In later years, Bradshaw chronicled on social media his journeys around the world bringing ministry of the Gospel to thousands. He was a devout Christian.
Carper said, “Several years ago, in an interview, I referred to Mayor Bradshaw as a ‘go-to’ guy for Kanawha County. Mayor Bradshaw was not only a leader in Chesapeake but a leader in our county and state. People depended on him, and he dedicated his life to serving others. My wife, Debbie, and I send our condolences to his wife Mary-Jane, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Kanawha County has lost a loyal public servant.”
The Kanawha County Commission will be lowering all state flags on county property in remembrance, Carper said.
Commissioner Ben Salango noted, “Mayor Damron Bradshaw is a legend in the eastern part of our county. He earned that reputation because of his unwavering dedication to his community for over 40 years. My wife Tera and I send our sympathy to Mary-Jane and their family.”
Commissioner Lance Wheeler added, “My wife Jessica and I send our prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Mayor Damron Bradshaw. We are grateful for his years of service and leadership he provided to our citizens.”
The Corridor Chronicle joins with the thousands whose lives were affected for the good by Mayor Bradshaw. We mourn his passing and offer condolences to his family.