Whitesburg KY

Services held for Burton Bradley



Burton Bradley, Ph.D., psychologist and former media personality, died October 5 after a short illness.

Born in McRoberts, he grew up in Jenkins, attended the University of Kentucky, earned a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in counseling at Eastern Kentucky University, and did advanced graduate work in counseling at Florida State University and Hunter College, New York University. He earned a doctorate in higher education administration at Wayne State University. Later he took courses in clinical psychology at Georgia State University and was for many years licensed in the State of Georgia as a psychologist. He played football at UK and EKU.

He was a teacher in Winchester, a counselor in Garden City, Mich., football and wrestling coach in Michigan, trainer and administrator in federal education programs in Detroit, Mich. and Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Ga., and clinical psychologist, management consultant, and health and personal growth trainer in Atlanta. He was the co-founder of the personal growth training Lightstyle, and the creator of the health and wellness trainings known as “How to Lose Weight and Never Find it Again,” “Fearless Flyers,” and the “IQ (I Quit Smoking) Training.” He also had shows on WRNG radio and WATL television, and was the recipient of a number awards from professional and community organizations.

After his retirement, he devoted his time to writing, particularly about his memories growing up in eastern Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his daughters, Stephanie R. Bradley, Sharon Smith, and Sandra Miller.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years Mary Jo Duncanson, Decatur, Ga.; former wife, Mary Jane Tucker, Perryville; two daughter, Suzanne Madsen and husband Wayne, Conyers, Ga., and Sheryl Bradley, Lawrenceville, Ga.; a son, Ben Bradley, Decatur, Ga.; a son-in-law Donnie Smith, Springfield; grandchildren, Daniel and Taylor Smith, Joseph, Alexandria, and Analyse Madsen, Heather Hornsby, Lauren Mallard, and Alexander (Miller) Rengifo; great-grandchildren Allison and Coby Hornsby and Adelyn Smith; and two brothers, Philip Bradley and Danny Joe Bradley, both of Miami, Fla.

Memorial service will be held at a later date.

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