About UsOn 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
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.