Knoxville – Evadene Bradford Harris, 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 (Richard) Davis, 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 Chapel, March 28, 2021 from noon- 8 p.m.
A graveside service will be Monday, March 29, 2021 at Highland South Memorial Gardens at 11 am. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, masks will be required.
However, the celebration of life and graveside service can be viewed at, jarniganandson.com.
JARNIGAN & SON MORTUARY was honored to assist the family, 2823 Martin Luther Jr. Ave., Knoxville Tn. 37914