March 23, 1961 - April 10, 2019
Charles Bradley Otwell peacefully passed from this life April 10, 2019 in Dallas, Texas following
an illness known as Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis at the age of 58. Born in San Antonio, Texas
on March 23, 1961, he was the son of Harold E. Otwell and Mary Ann McGhee Otwell.
His family established roots in Marietta, Georgia in 1964, and Brad considered Marietta his
hometown. He attended Milford Elementary, Floyd Junior High, and R.L. Osborne Senior High,
graduating in 1979. He was active in the Boy Scouts, played Little League, and loved MYF at
St.Philip United Methodist Church. At OHS, he was a member of the band, playing saxophone
and twirling rifles, and was a member of JROTC. He attended Middle Tennessee State
University planning to study Communications, where he continued his love of marching with the
Band of Blue on the Rifle Corps.
After leaving MTSU, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, following the example of his
father and many other men in his family. His longest post was in Sacramento, California, where
he developed a love for Reno, Nevada and Lake Tahoe, which he visited often.
From early childhood, Brad dreamed of becoming a radio D.J. He would sit in front of the family
stereo, cueing up records, playing commercials he recorded from the radio, and practicing his
DJ banter, mimicking what he listened to on WFOM. After his honorable discharge from the Air
Force, he was finally able to pursue his dream, with jobs at several small radio stations in
various town in North and Central Georgia.
His radio career became fully established in Macon Georgia. Many people enjoyed his
exceptional humor, his wide variety of character voices, and his witty banter on air. While at 99
Ways radio station, where he was known as “Brad Majors” or “Bradley Jay”, he was always
quick to volunteer, donate, work extra hours, or work creatively in support of numerous civic and
charitable causes. He always did whatever he felt was needed of him. Examples include “Dash
for Cash”, “The Incredible Dream Home Giveaway”, and the annual “Cherry Blossom Street
Party”. He was involved in creating “The Largest Greeting Card” for our troops during Operation
Desert Storm, and helped raise money for Flood of 94 Relief.
Brad will forever be remembered as an active, charismatic, and kind man who touched the lives
of many people. He enjoyed building rapport with strangers and developing that rapport into
friendships. As traditional radio became less local and more syndicated, he transitioned his love
of entertaining by serving as emcee at Whiskey River, where he also managed the venue’s
website and booked the performers at the comedy club and at the nightclub.
He enjoyed tae kwon do, playing games, traveling, cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers
college sports teams, and spending time with his family. He never turned down a opportunity for
a good evening out with them to enjoy their company and love, and never failed to give them a
good laugh. There were never any dull moments around Brad Otwell, and you couldn’t help but
smile in his presence.
Brad Otwell raised his family in Macon from 1989-2013. As his daughter and son, Cady Otwell
and Jesse Otwell, began moving on with their lives, eventually moving to Texas, he made the
decision to follow, making sure he was surrounded by his family and could expand his career in
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Cady Otwell Frederick and Marvin Frederick of
The Colony, Texas, his son and daughter-in-law Jesse and Cassie Otwell of Plano, Texas, his
sister and brother-in-law Donna Otwell White and Justin White of Frisco, Texas and his
granddaughter, August Otwell.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 2 PM at ARIA Cremation Service
and Funeral Home, 19310 Preston Road in Dallas, Texas. A second memorial service will be
held in Marietta, Georgia, tentatively planned for the weekend of May 4-5, with full details to be
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to support research into preventing,
treating, and curing Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Visit the American Lung Association for
Arrangements under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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