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Dorothy Pearl White Bradshaw

December 15, 1919 — March 25, 2019

Dorothy Pearl White Bradshaw

Dorothy Pearl White Bradshaw (Mrs. Frank Kimbrough Bradshaw) passed away comfortably in her sleep at her son`s home in South Boston, Virginia, on March 25th, 2019 at the glorious age of 99.

Mrs. Bradshaw was born in Bertie County, North Carolina, on December 15th, 1919 to Mamie Perry White and Hezekiah White.  She was the eldest daughter, but outlived her sister, Elizabeth, and her brothers, Howard and John.

 She graduated from Accomac High School, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, where at 5’2” she was a guard on the basketball team. (It was a small school.) While attending Smithdeal-Massey Business College in Richmond, Virginia, during the early years of WW II, she met her husband-to-be, Frank.

After living in Richmond and later in Greensboro, NC, Dorothy and Frank moved to South Boston in the mid-70s to retire near their daughter and son-in-law. Mr. Bradshaw passed away in 1979. Dorothy continued to live within this community, working in the 1980s for the Chamber of Commerce. She attended Halifax United Methodist Church in Halifax and later Trinity Episcopal Church in South Boston.  Well loved by everyone who had the privilege to know her, she was recognized as a fine cook and hostess, as well as quite a wit.

She is survived by her son, Frank Kimbrough Bradshaw Jr. and daughter Brenda Frances Bradshaw Fincher (husband Ben) of South Boston, Virginia. Her beloved grandchildren are Joseph Franklin Fincher of South Boston, Benjamin Kimbrough Fincher and wife, Jolene, of Newport Beach, California, William Bradshaw Fincher of South Boston, and Susan Perry Fincher of Richmond, Virginia.  She adored her great-grandchildren:  Megan Elizabeth Fincher of South Boston and Radford, Virginia, Elizabeth Blythe Fincher of Landrum, South Carolina, and newborn Dorothy Mae Fincher of Newport Beach, California.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019, 11am, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 515 Yancey Street in South Boston. Mrs. Bradshaw will be interred at a private service in Windsor, NC at a later date.

Those wishing to give memorials are kindly asked to consider Episcopal Relief and Development (, the memorial fund at Trinity Episcopal Church, or a charity of choice. The family hopes that, in Dorothy Bradshaw`s honor, you will enjoy an especially delicious dessert, or have a little scotch and a visit with your loved ones.

Online condolences may be directed to

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592

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