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“Time for a flu shot,” is not something a child wants to hear. 

And yet, for 30 years, children’s eyes would light up with excitement at the sight of Oconee’s lead nurse Elizabeth Bradberry, who died Sept. 3 at age 76. 

“She took care me as a child up until I was an adult,” said long-time patient Becky Lumpkin. “I’d ask for her. She was so caring—a wonderful person who was liked by everyone. When you didn’t have money, she would vouch for you.” 

Nineteen years ago, Bradberry hired Lumpkin as a clerk for the Oconee County Health Department, where she has worked ever since. 

“Liz is the reason I amhere today,” said Lumpkin. 

Known to friends and family as the “nurse of North High Shoals,” Bradberry was actually born in Bogart but spent much of her adult life in the town of North High Shoals. 

She married town native Harry Bradberry in the summer of 1963, and they raised three children at a home off of Hillsboro Road. 

In the 1970s, Harry served as mayor. Their son, Toby, was elected mayor in 2016. 

“Folks like my mother who helped others and put them ahead of herself live forever in people’s minds,” said Toby. 

It was not uncommon for neighbors to solicit health advice from Bradberry, who earned her nursing degree at Mercer University before working as an ER nurse at Athens General Hospital. 

She served more than 30 years as head nurse for the Oconee County Health Department before retiring in 2006. 

In September of that year, the Board of Commissioners signed a proclamation designating September as Elizabeth Bradberry Month.

For more on this story, see the Sept. 12 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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