William D. Bradshaw, 76, Vietnam veteran who drove his family crazy with his pursuit of Bigfoot

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William D. Bradshaw
William D. Bradshaw

William D. Bradshaw, of Wilmington, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove. He was 76.

He was born Oct. 28, 1939, in Scotland Neck, son of the late Willie Bradshaw and Lillie Moore Bradshaw.

William was a veteran of the Vietnam War and proudly served in the U.S. Army for 25 years, retiring at the rank of major. The only thing he loved more than his country was his family and driving them crazy with his pursuit of Bigfoot.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Bradshaw.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Rose Bradshaw; daughters, Terry Zwan and husband Frank and Rhonda Wilkes and husband Rick; grandchildren, Kristen Taylor (John), Jessica Williams (Matt), Zachary Wilkes and Ryan Wilkes; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Eli, Parker and Avery; sister, Judy Leggett (Mike); sister-in-law, Beulah Vick; numerous nieces and nephews; and a cousin, whom he loved as a brother, Frank Hale.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, at Andrews Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28412. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery.

The family offers a sincere thank-you to all of the staff at Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove for the love and special care shown to their dad.

It was dad’s wishes that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association in honor of William’s beloved wife.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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