Austin A. Bradley, 90, passed away on September 18, 2019, at his residence in Pueblo, Colorado. Austin was born on January 19, 1929 on the Bradley Farm in Herndon, Virginia to Mate Lewis and Allen Bradley. He graduated from Herndon High School and Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), and was then commissioned in the Air Force. He served in the Korean War as an F-80 fighter pilot. He married Starling Simmons on October 29, 1955, his wife of 64 years. He was an airline pilot for 34 years and a captain at American Airlines for 20 years; he ended his career with a memorable smooth soft landing following a long transatlantic flight. He raised his family at his home built on the Bradley Farm. In retirement, he and Starling lived in Hayesville, North Carolina, where they hosted an annual family reunion at his lake home. He loved his extended family, golf, poker night with friends, and ice cream. And everyone loved his ever present kindness and generosity. He was an active member of the Floris United Methodist Church in Virginia and the Hayesville First United Methodist Church. He was also a member and past-president of the Rotary Club of Herndon. Austin is survived by his wife, Starling; his four children, Sharon (Paul) McMahan of Pueblo, Colorado, A. Allen Bradley Jr. of Iowa City, Iowa, Barbara Bradley of Lawrence, Kansas, and Carolee (Douglas) Davey of Quincy, Florida; and his four grandchildren, Lynne McMahan of Kansas City, Missouri, Paige McMahan of Columbus, Ohio, and Zachery and Joshua Davey of Quincy, Florida. Austin was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Lewis and Anna Lou Bradley. An internment service will take place in Hayesville, North Carolina, next summer. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Hayesville First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 85, Hayesville, NC 28904. The family of Austin Bradley wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the special people of Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care and Visiting Angels.

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  1. Austin Bradley was a young co-pilot with American Airlines when I began my career at National Airport in the early 50’s. He flew Convair 240’s out of DCA and was promoted to Captain after about 14 years. Austin was a fantastic man who was born and raised near Herndon, Virginia on the Bradley Farm and we became fast friends. Austin helped me get elected to the Senate Of Virginia in 1971 with all his friends and contacts in the greater Herndon area. Austin was well thought of not only by his pilot associates but also by the ground personel at National Airport where I worked for some 12 years in Operations. In 1962 I transferred to Dulles when it opened on November 17th 1962 and would only see Austin once in a while but still kept in touch through my public service career. His associate Captain Tom Hatcher from Centrevile also helped in my campaigns so I told people I had two American Airline pilots supporting me in Herndon and Centreville. Austin Bradley was a great pilot and a gentleman’s gentleman who was loved by all who knew him. I was honored to call him my friend and extend my deepest sympathy to Starling and the entire Bradley family.

  2. Dear Starling, Sharon, Allen, Barbara, and Carolee,
    The news of Austin’s passing reminds me of the friendships we shared in our growing up years. Your family was a great blessing to ours in so many ways. I have had a long fondness to farming – i believe from my time with you all. I remember getting to shoot our shotgun, ride minibikes in cornfields, and digging up potatoes and enjoying it all. Thank you for the love and support you have shared with our family. As Sue said – we will be praying for you for God’s grace as you release Austin to the Lord and for for you to enjoy the encouragement as you gather and reflect on all the many blessings and memories you have together. We would love to see you if you pass through this Northern Va area in the future. Love to you all!

  3. Dear Starling, Sharon, Allen, Barbara, and Carolee,
    I am so sorry to hear of Austin’s passing! Sending love and lifting prayers for you all. May yours be a precious time together this weekend!
    Thursday will be a year since Mom passed and since we reconnected.
    Sadly time and space have long seperated us, but fond memories of you all bring a smile to my face. Blessings all!

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