Bradley Herbert Dobbins, 76, went to his eternal home on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at Richfield Living. Bradley was born at The Cradle in Chicago, Illinois. Elizabeth and Kemper Dobbins adopted him as an infant, Bradley called Cleveland Heights, Ohio and later Chagrin Falls, Ohio his forever home. Growing up Bradley participated in all levels of scouting including attending the National Jamboree in 1961. Other youthful pastimes included snow skiing and small boat sailing with his Dad on Lake Chautauqua. His passion for trains began at age 7, with the American Flyer S scale model railroad. Bradley attended The Gow School [1961-1965] in South Wales, NY. The Gow School was one of only two places in the United States that specialized in education for boys with dyslexia. Bradley completed his undergraduate studies at Towson State University and graduate work at Medical College of Virginia in the field of Occupational Therapy. He was a career federal employee with the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Bradley served active duty in the US Navy 1971-1975. Bradley was an avid O scale narrow gauge modeler but, dabbled with G scale for several years. His prototypes were Milwaukee Road, Baltimore and Ohio and Lehmann Gross Bahn (LGB) German garden trains. He belonged to the National Model Railroad Association Life Member (1961), O Scale Kings, Friends of the East Broad Top, and the National Railroad Historical Societies of Roanoke, Lynchburg and Baltimore He belonged to the Naval Airships Association and the Lighter than Air Historical Society. Bradley was a member of the Roanoke Civil War Roundtable. As an avid reader, Bradley loved and collected books. Bradley's faith was the most important aspect of his life. He was introduced to Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) with the Book of Romans and continued the BSF studies over the next 15 plus years. Bradley was a member of First Baptist Church, Roanoke VA. He enjoyed the continued fellowship and brotherhood of his Thursday, 6am Men’s prayer group.
He is preceded in death by his parents and adopted sister, Martha Williams; his beloved cats, Max and Cami.
Surviving are his longtime best friend and loving wife, Jocelyn Holloway Dobbins. In addition to his wife he leaves to mourn one sister-in-law, Deserene H Worsley (Marcus); a brother-in-law, Ques Arturo Holloway; cousin, Diana Kutz and train trips and BSF buddy, Richard Anthony.
The family will receive friends 2-4 pm, Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Lotz Funeral Home, 1001 Franklin Road, Roanoke. A celebration of Bradley’s life will be held 11 am, Monday, July 25, 2022 at Lotz Funeral Home, with Reverend Wayne Gadman officiating.
A graveside service will be held 1 pm, Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at Southwest Virginia Veteran’s Cemetery in Dublin.
Click here to view a webcast of the service on 7/25/2022 at 10:50 AM, Eastern Standard Time.