About UsFunpic 007-reducedOn August 25, 1961, Bill Bradley graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis, Indiana. He had previously graduated from Boonville High School and had attended Purdue University. He served his funeral service apprenticeship under Mr. Ted Ziemer at the Fountain Terrace Chapel in Evansville, Indiana and was employed there until 1964. On October 28, 1961, Bill married the former Jane Marie Pfau of Jasper, Indiana, and they have three children, Ann Marie Bradley-Holland of Evansville, Susan Jane Bell of Evansville and Benjamin William Bradley of New York, New York.

In 1976, with the support of his aunt, Marie G. Hirsch, construction was begun on Bradley's Colonial Chapel located at 1005 East Main Street in Boonville, Indiana. On November 13, 1977, Bradley's Colonial Chapel began accepting calls for funeral services. Bill and Jane operated the business from 1977 through August 1984. On May 1, 1979 they purchased the Pemberton Funeral Home in Lynnville, Indiana. This undertaking business was started in 1906 by John T. McWilliams, at a time when the undertaking business was primarily just placing the deceased in a cloth lined box and taking it to the cemetery for burial.

In 1908, John T. McWilliams and his only son, Ora McWilliams, joined together and became the John McWilliams and Son Undertaking and Hardware business. The hardware business occupied the first floor and part of the upper story was used as a display room for caskets.

During part of the year 1909, Ora attended a seminar in Indianapolis and became a licensed Embalmer. The hardware business became a general merchandise store.

John T. McWilliams died on November 7, 1928. Ora continued to operate the business. He remodeled an existing building across the street from the original business and operated McWilliams Funeral Home. He sold the hardware business and buildings in 1951.

Ora and his wife had one daughter, Pauline, who married Charles Pemberton on September 24, 1934. During their early married years they became involved in the business and during the school term of 1941-1942 Charles attended the Indiana College of Embalming and became a licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director. Ora McWilliams died on September 2, 1951. The following year the name of the business was changed to Pemberton Funeral Home.

In 1968 Charles and Pauline's son, Randall, assumed ownership of the funeral home and continued the operation until it was sold to Bill and Jane Bradley on May 1, 1979. The name was again changed and is now the Pemberton-Bradley Funeral Home.

On August 3, 1984, Bill and Jane's oldest daughter, Ann, graduated from the Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana, as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. She joined her father that year in the family business. Bill and his daughter, now Ann Bradley-Holland, and their competent staff, operate Bradley's Colonial Chapel in Boonville, Indiana, and the Pemberton-Bradley Funeral Home in Lynnville, Indiana.

From the beginning of their funeral business, Bradley's Colonial Chapel has had one specific goal, that being "SERVICE". This has and always will be their main objective in serving families at their two locations.