Rita Jackson Bradley

Born on October 20, 1950

Departed on November 28, 2017 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Rita Jackson Bradley
Nashville, TN
October 20, 1950 – November 28, 2017
Preceded in death by her grandparents, J.B. Jackson and Jesse B. Jackson; and James Harvey Woodall and Lillian Maude Woodall; parents, J.B. Jackson Jr. and Mavoline W. Jackson. Survived by her husband, Henry J. “Hank” Abbott, daughter, Allison B. (Shane) Rollins; brother, Barry (Marla) Jackson; cousins, Christy (Kevin) Hamilton.
Rita grew up on a working dairy farm in Goodlettsville, TN. She loved gardening, flowers, growing things, and all of nature’s beauty. A lifelong educator, Rita invested her life in helping a broad spectrum of others, from students and their families to friends, strangers, and newcomers to America. She was a graduate of Goodlettsville High School, and MTSU (Masters Degree in Reading Instruction) and a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. A staunch supporter of Vanderbilt athletics, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball.
Lovingly cared for by TN Oncology and Summit, St. Thomas West and Midtown, and Alive Hospice. Donations in Rita’s honor may be made to the Goodlettsville High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1707, Goodlettsville, TN 37070. A life well lived, Rita will be missed by many.
Visitation will be at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, 127 N Main St., Goodlettsville Thursday from 4-8 pm. Memorial service will be at 11 am on Friday December 1 at Westminster Presbyterian Church 3900 West End Ave, Nashville, with visitation one hour prior to service time at the church.

9 Comments to Rita Jackson Bradley

  1. Steve Fox
    November 28, 2017 5:48 pm

    Absolutely the sweetest kindest lady ever. I am saddened to no end. Rita was special. There will never be another like her. She should be given the honor of Mrs. GHS of all time. Sorry to Hank and all of her family.

  2. Steve Clay
    November 28, 2017 8:21 pm

    I am shocked and saddened by the news of Rita’s passing. She was a friend of all and worked tirelessly for GHS and her class of ‘68. Hank, I am thinking of you. This is a time you find peace in God and the knowledge that Rita will always be with you. She lives in your heart and your memories.

  3. Christy
    November 28, 2017 9:27 pm

    I was lucky enough to not only have Mrs. Bradley as a teacher in first grade but she was also my gym teacher from 2nd till 6th grade. She would even come to my games in middle and high school. I would see her from time to time at the Vandy games and she was still just as nice as she was when I had her in school. To say she had a huge impact on who I am today would be a understatement. She was the kindest most caring women. She loved the kids that she taught just as she did her own. Heaven for sure got a wonderful angel. Prayers with the family.

  4. Reggy Dowlen
    November 29, 2017 12:08 am

    One of the finest students I had. She always had a sweet smile and she was such a kind person. I will miss the fact that she has left us.
    I always looked for her when we had reunions at GHS. She started as my student, but she became my good friend. Simply one of the best!!!!

  5. BARBARA J Tornquist
    November 29, 2017 3:26 am

    I remember Rita well she wrote the same school bus as I did she was very friendly I graduated in 64 but she was a very nice young lady and very friendly to all my prayers and condolences to her family

  6. Pete Leeper
    November 29, 2017 12:13 pm

    Hank, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  7. Sandy and hank minchew
    November 29, 2017 8:39 pm

    Hank and Allison you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so thankful we had honor of knowing such a kind and giving person. May Gods love be with you. Sandy and hank (peggy sister)

  8. Les Webb
    November 30, 2017 6:31 pm

    Keeping family in our prayers! Beautiful, gracious, kind woman.
    Lesli and Paul Webb

  9. Faye Ledbetter Stubblefield
    November 30, 2017 11:38 pm

    Rita, I have such wonderful memories of growing up with you. I loved the times we spent on the farm, and at school together. You are a beautiful memory I will cherish until I see you again. Hank, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You got a good one!

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