Jim is survived by his son, Edward T. Brading II, married to Elizabeth E. Brading, by his daughter, Jennifer B. Tomita, and by six grandchildren, who are James E. Brading III, Alice E. B. Haston, married to Joshua T. Haston, William E. Brading, Anna E. Tomita, Erin R. Tomita, and Isabel M. Tomita, by his sister Anne T. Brading, by a half-uncle, Samuel B. Miller, and by nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward T. and Edith M. Brading, by his sister Grace B. Spurrell, and by Ruth Marion Brading, his wife of nearly 58 years.
Born in 1933, Jim graduated from Science Hill High School in 1951 and from Vanderbilt University in 1955. For three years, he served in the U. S. Army in South Korea and in Brooklyn, New York. After his graduation from Yale Law School in 1961, he and Ruth returned to Upper East Tennessee. Jim practiced law for almost 50 years, mostly with a firm that still bears his name. He served for two years on the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission and for one year as a Circuit Judge for Tennessee’s First Judicial District. He belonged to the Hurstleigh Club, and he and Ruth delivered Meals on Wheels. Jim may be remembered for, among other salient attributes, his devotion to Ruth, his knack for telling jokes and stories, his love of Ripshin Lake, and his fondness for hats.
Jim donated his body to the ETSU Quillen College of Medicine for medical education. His family will host a casual celebration of his life at the Johnson City Country Club on Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.