Evadene Bradford Harris
08/29/1922 – 03/22/2021
Obituary for Evadene Bradford Harris
Evadene Bradford Harris, Knoxville, was born August 29th 1922 in Harriman, TN to the union of Walter and Vandaline Bradford, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2021 at Trinity Hills Senior Living Community. She was a member of St Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio.
Evadene Bradford Harris, as a young girl was educated in the Tennessee School System. She attended elementary school in Alcoa, TN Junior High School in Knoxville, TN and was a graduate of Austin High School in Knoxville, TN. Upon graduation, she began modeling for the Brandford Modeling Agency in New York. Ms. Harris worked 32 years as the Radiological Technologist at City Hospital in New York until her retirement in 1983 when she moved to Greater Dayton, Ohio and later married Mr. Charles Harris
Mrs. Harris’ many interests include working with social organizations as a volunteer, such as Catholic Social Services of Dayton, Ohio, and the Diabetic Clinic of the Charles R. Drew Health Center. She has worked with several community sites including Ellison Senior Citizens Center, Model Neighborhood Senior Citizen Center, as well as the Wilkinson Senior Citizen Center, where she taught ceramics.
Evadene’s interests did not end with her volunteer services. She was a member of the Drama Group of the Dayton Playhouse, and a member of the Sinclair Community College Dance Troupe. IN addition to this affiliation with Sinclair Community College, she completed her academic studies at the college, and completed 3 years of academic studies at Wright State University as well as continued her service as a Health Advocate for Wright State University from 1984 to 2000 when she retired. Mrs. Harris continued her lifelong experience, with her academic achievements and obtained her degree through Sinclair Community College.
Evadene was preceded in death by husband Charles Harris, parents, Walter and Vandaline Bradford, brothers, Laverne Branson, Carl, and Arvine Bradford, sisters, Nannie Bradford Cain, Electra Bradford Bryant, and Ophelia Bradford.
She is survived by devoted niece, Blenza Bradford Davis (Richard), niece, Vandaline Bradford Turner (Joe), nephew, McAllister Bradford, sister-n-law, Gwendolyn Kurtz, nieces, Wilhemina Bradford, Sondra Bradford Jennings (Derek), Melva Bradford Warner (Geno) and nephew, Arvine M. Bradford (Kathy), nephew Rodney Bradford, Woody, Johnnie and Ricky Bryant, Stepson Dr. Rodney Harris and a host of other family members and friends
Special thanks to Leona White and Bill McGlinch of Dayton, OH for assisting in her relocation from Dayton, OH to Knoxville, TN, all of the caregivers and support staff at Trinity Hills Senior Living Community and the University of Tennessee Hospice Group. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Logan Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
Friends and family may view the body at Jarnigan and Son’s Chapel, March 28, 2021 from 12 to 8pm.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 29,2021 at Highland south Memorial Gardens at 11am. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, masks will be required.
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Sunday, March 28, 2021
12:00PM – 8:00PM
Jarnigan & Son Mortuary
2823 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914
Monday, March 29, 2021
Highland South Memorial Gardens
9010 W Simpson Rd, Knoxville, TN 37920
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Blenza, my love and prayers are with you and your family during the earthly loss of Evadene but Heaven’s glorious gain.
We certainly had some great times and made many memories at Trinity Hills. Thank you for allowing Trinity Hills to be a small part of Evadene’s life. She loved table shuffleboard and the Funny money auction (with your assistance) and our special celebrations each month.
You were such a dedicated and loving niece to her and she certainly loved and appreciated you and all that you did for her.
I pray you find peace and comfort in knowing that she is “seeing” everything in Heaven and singing and dancing down the streets of gold in the presence of our Heavenly Father.
I love you and I loved Evadene!
Sincere condolences in the passing of Ms. Evadene. She was a special lady,beautiful in her youth, and such a sweet spirit. It was my honor to be part of her care at Trinity. She will be missed. Jody Lusby
I am very sad that Aunt Evadene is no longer with us. She played such an big role in my life growing up. So many of my memories about the holidays, special occasions and events included Evadene. She was unforgettable. Big personality, fun, beautiful, and loving.
Last year, I was working on plans to finally get down to Tennesee that summer to see Evadene, but COVID-19 canceled that idea. I have a lot of guilt about not trying harder and much sooner to see her. Now it is too late.
Thank you for taking such loving care of Evadene when she moved back to Tennessee. I watched the memorial video and was happy to see she was surrounded by family, which is what she loved the most.
I love you and will miss you forever, Aunt Evadene.
Love, your Niece and Goddaughter (and my family),
Sani, Derek and Raina
Such a giant spirit and beautiful human being. Will miss you Auntie.
Mrs. Harris was a truly a blessing to us here in Dayton, I has been a privilege to have known her. The world will miss her, rest well Mrs. Harris.