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Samuel Dunlap Brady III passed away July 8, 2014, at Summersville Regional Medical Center after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was born June 12, 1931, in Morgantown. He was the son of the late Margaret Vaughan Brady and Samuel Dunlap Brady Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 59 Years, Blanch Bergdoll Brady; four children, Margaret Alice LeRose (Tim) of Summersville, Samuel D. Brady IV (Brenda Sparks) of Sugar Land, Texas, Ann Marie Bishop (Greg) of Hampstead, N.C., and Vaughan Lee Adkins (Todd) of Lexington, Ky.; and his sister, Clarissa Mahin (Phil) of Summersville. He was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret "Peggy" Cline, who was married to Jack, of Summersville.
The Brady family is grateful to his caregiver for the last three-and-a-half years, Rodney Woods.
Sam had 11 grandchildren, Kristina Elkins (Terry) of Charleston, Maria Herndon (William) of Lexington, Ky., Timothy LeRose II (Ashley Woods) of Summersville, Samuel Brady V of Houston, Texas, Mark Brady of San Marcus, Texas, Matthew Brady of Sugar Land, Texas, Sarah Cole (Aaron) of Sugar Land, Texas, Mason Bishop of Morgantown, Andrew Bishop of Hampstead, N.C., and Evan and Nathan Adkins, both of Lexington, Ky. He also had four great-grandchildren, Addison and Benjamin Elkins, Timothy LeRose III and Elijah Cole.
Sam graduated from Greenbrier Military School and West Virginia University, where he received a degree in mining engineering. While at West Virginia University he was active in campus activities. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, ROTC, the rifle team and lettered in track for five years, running the high hurdles. After graduation he served as second lieutenant in the U.S. Army at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. He was in charge of setting up the first maintenance shop for guided missiles, for which he received a letter of commendation.
Sam was part owner and president of Margaret Peerless and Brady Cline Coal Companies. Upon retirement he opened the Friendly Computer Store in Summersville. He served as advisor for Community Trust Bank for many years. In the 1970s he coached the Summersville Little Bear football team. He was also a member of the Summersville Lions Club. Sam was a charter member of Summersville Presbyterian Church, for which he was clerk of the session for many years.
While Sam had an incredible journey in this life on earth, those who knew him were struck most not by all of his accomplishments, but by his being a gentleman first and last in all aspects and a brilliant man who never lost sight of his God, wife and family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Summersville Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 930, Summersville, WV 26651.
Visitation with family and friends will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 11, at White Funeral Home, Summersville. The funeral will be officiated by the Rev. Greg Kupar at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Summersville Presbyterian Church.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitefuneralhomewv.com.