In memory of
Melvinia Phillips Bradford
In memory of
Melvinia Phillips Bradford
Melvinia Phillips Bradford passed from this life on June 5, 2021. She was born Jan. 2, 1926 in Jefferson County, Alabama to the late Wiley Clifton Phillips and Mary Harris Phillips. She came of age during World War II and graduated from Parker High School in 1943. She attended Tuskegee University for one year. She then enrolled in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps under the United States Public Health Service. The purpose of the Corps was to alleviate the registered nursing shortage during the war and prevent the collapse of civilian nurses in the U.S. She received her training at Provident Hospital & Training School in Chicago, Illinois. It was the first African American-owned and -operated hospital in the United States. She completed her training in 1948 and was employed by the hospital until she relocated to Birmingham, Alabama in 1955. She then was employed at Carraway Methodist Hospital until her retirement. She was united in matrimony to the late Arthur J. Bradford on Dec. 31, 1948 in Chicago, and three children were born to this union. She was also pre-deceased by her sister, Lula Mae Phillips Franklin; her nephew, Brownell Clifton Franklin; her niece, Rosemary Franklin Wilson; and cousins, Lucinda Thomas of Birmingham, Alabama, and Louise Anderson of Chicago, Illinois; five maternal aunts and one uncle. She leaves to mourn her memory her niece, Diane (Wilbur) Brown of Deerfield Beach, Florida; her stepdaughter, Aretta Bradford Nichols of Indianapolis, Indiana; her son, Clifton (Debra) Bradford; daughters, Cynthia (Solomon) Sholanke and Cheri Bradford Housinou; her grandchildren, Viveca, Tarnisha, Abiola, Adrina, Alexis, Ayodele, Tiara, and special grandchild Takira Petty (daughter of Brenda and the late Larry Petty); five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; all of the descendants of her paternal aunt, the late Lorene Phillips Hornbuckle; and the Bradford family, who welcomed her with open arms. She was a member of Wrights Chapel United Methodist Church during her childhood. She joined Douglasville United Methodist Church in Collegeville in 1955. Those two churches merged with Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church into New Beginnings United Methodist Church, where she attended until her death. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to your favorite charity. A memorial will be held in her honor at a later date.
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In memory of
Melvinia Phillips Bradford
Melvinia Phillips Bradford passed from this life on June 5, 2021. She was born Jan. 2, 1926 in Jefferson County, Alabama to the late Wiley Clifton Phillips and Mary Harris Phillips. She came of age during World War II and graduated from Parker High School in 1943. She attended Tuskegee University for one year. She then enrolled in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps under the United States Public Health Service. The purpose of the Corps was to alleviate the registered nursing shortage during the war and prevent the collapse of civilian nurses in the U.S. She received her training at Provident Hospital & Training School in Chicago, Illinois. It was the first African American-owned and -operated hospital in the United States. She completed her training in 1948 and was employed by the hospital until she relocated to Birmingham, Alabama in 1955. She then was employed at Carraway Methodist Hospital until her retirement. She was united in matrimony to the late Arthur J. Bradford on Dec. 31, 1948 in Chicago, and three children were born to this union. She was also pre-deceased by her sister, Lula Mae Phillips Franklin; her nephew, Brownell Clifton Franklin; her niece, Rosemary Franklin Wilson; and cousins, Lucinda Thomas of Birmingham, Alabama, and Louise Anderson of Chicago, Illinois; five maternal aunts and one uncle. She leaves to mourn her memory her niece, Diane (Wilbur) Brown of Deerfield Beach, Florida; her stepdaughter, Aretta Bradford Nichols of Indianapolis, Indiana; her son, Clifton (Debra) Bradford; daughters, Cynthia (Solomon) Sholanke and Cheri Bradford Housinou; her grandchildren, Viveca, Tarnisha, Abiola, Adrina, Alexis, Ayodele, Tiara, and special grandchild Takira Petty (daughter of Brenda and the late Larry Petty); five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; all of the descendants of her paternal aunt, the late Lorene Phillips Hornbuckle; and the Bradford family, who welcomed her with open arms. She was a member of Wrights Chapel United Methodist Church during her childhood. She joined Douglasville United Methodist Church in Collegeville in 1955. Those two churches merged with Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church into New Beginnings United Methodist Church, where she attended until her death. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to your favorite charity. A memorial will be held in her honor at a later date.
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