Ella Bernice (Reid) Evans

27 July, 19279 May, 2020

Ella Bernice Reid Evans, 92, of Charlotte, NC, passed away May 9, 2020. Born July 27, 1927 in Charlotte, she was the daughter of the late Adolphus and Sarah (Thompson) Reid. She married Harry E. Evans on April 18, 1949 in Key West, Florida. A nurse, community catalyst and fashion model; Ella served her community as the neighborhood chairperson, member of the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition, a volunteer for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and a board member of the Charlotte Enterprise Community. A Licensed Practical Nurse for 30 years, she was employed with Charlotte Pediatric Clinic, University of North Carolina Infirmary, Johnson C. Smith University Infirmary, Belmont Abbey College Infirmary and lastly as a private duty nurse. Ella started her actress/modeling career at the young age of 70. She trained at Barbizon ICE where she received awards and accolades for her accomplishments. A born-again Christian, Ella was an Ordained Full Gospel Minister and member of Smallwood Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. A wife, mother and grandmother, Ella enjoyed counted cross-stitch, macramé, embroidery and reading. Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Harry E. Evans; son, Larry Reid; granddaughters, Larilyn Reid and Lauren Reid; great-granddaughter, La’Shonti Reid; sisters, Ruby Flax, Naomi Swann and Rev. Beulah Brown; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Julia Wilson; and a brother, Adolphus Reid. Funeral Service 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Forest Lawn West Funeral Home, 4601 Freedom Dr., Charlotte. Visitation 12 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Entombment in Forest Lawn West Cemetery. Condolences may be submitted at


  • Parents, Adolphus & Sarah (Thompson) Reid (deceased)
  • Harry E. Evans, Husband
  • Larry Reid, Son
  • Larilyn Reid, Granddaughter
  • Lauren Reid, Granddaughter
  • La'Shonti Reid, Great Granddaughter
  • Ruby Flax, Sister
  • Naomi Swann, Sister
  • Beulah Brown, Sister
  • Julia Wilson, Sister (deceased)
  • Adolphus Reid, Brother (deceased)


  • Visitation

    Saturday, 16 May , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, 16 May , 2020

  • Entombment

    Saturday, 16 May , 2020


Ella Bernice (Reid) Evans

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audrey freeman

24 May 2020

I met Ms. Ella as a volunteer with CMPD. Ms. Ella was a very beautiful and sweet lady to know.
All the volunteers truly adored her.
Ms. Ella, rest in peace, you have served well here on earth and can now rejoice in heaven.
My condolences to your family.

Audrey Freeman

Murphy Morris

18 May 2020

Mr. Harry, Larry and Family
Praying You'll be comforted with precious memories
and God's presence to care for you in your loss.
I will always remember Mrs. Ella's smile and words of

Murphy. M. Morris and Family

Karen Morris- Peacock

16 May 2020

To the Reid Family,

We express our deepest condolences to all of you on the loss of Mrs. Ella Reid. She is remembered as a lovely and kind neighbor committed to service to others. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you as you celebrate and reflect on her life. May God continue to bless you.

Karen and Tobias

Lloyd Morris

16 May 2020

Greetings. Ella Reid Evans served her community well. Let me bring to remembrance the dedication and hard work she pursued for the Capitol Drive Improvement Association. With her persistent contacts with the City of Charlotte, she was able to garner special services for Capitol Drive. While she was President of the Association, volunteers, mostly from Capitol Drive, put up two entrance signs. This is just one example of her commitment to the area where she lived. Wonderful blessings to the life and times of a community stalwart, ELLA REID EVANS.

Lloyd B. Morris

Erwin & Geraldine Springs

14 May 2020

It was wonderful to know such a beautiful lady and learn of her many accomplishments. She lived a good life.
You are in our prayers
Erwin & Geraldine Springs

Jerry Springs

14 May 2020

Dear Harry, Larry & Family,

We loved Mrs. Ella and are very blessed to have known her for so many years. Her rich and wonderful life will forever be celebrated and cherished.

Jerry, Brenda Springs & Family

Masherrill Koonce

13 May 2020

Harry ,Larry, Lauren, Larilyn & Lashonti,
We share in your loss of our sweet “MommaElla”.
We are her adopted family, a 40 year relationship which began during her UNCC time. Ella always amazed us with her talents and community involvement. Your family should be proud of the life Ella lived and the lives she influenced. We pray that your family find comfort in knowing that she is resting and heaven has a new angel. We loved Ella and will miss her.
The Koonce Family,
Donnie, Masherrill, Amber & Rhett

Sonja Johnson

12 May 2020

Harry, Larry & Larilyn, so sorry to learn of the passing of Aunt Ella. I pray that the family remember great memories of your beloved. She was quite an attractive woman who did not age. Take care!🙏

Judy Cohen

12 May 2020

Harry and Larry, we were sadden to hear about the passing of Ella. Our prayers are with you and the family during this time. We will always remember the happy times we had with her.

Judy, Diane and Erika Cohen