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Earlean H. Bradley

June 19, 1936September 11, 2020
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Earlean H. Bradley, age 84, of Reading, joined the angel choir on Friday, September 11, 2020, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born June 19, 1936 in Alcolu, South Carolina, she was the cherished daughter of the late Saul and Clara (Evans) Hodge.

Earlean was educated in the public schools of Clarendon County, South Carolina and was a graduate of Manning High School. Earlean worked as a machine operator for 32 years at Hershey Foods, formerly Luden's Candies, retiring in 2001.

Earlean enjoyed baking, cooking, playing BINGO and she possessed a deep devotion to her faith. She was a devoted member of St. John's Missionary Baptist in Reading, for several years and was very involved in her church community. Earlean also loved to sing. Oh, how she loved to sing - in the mass choir at church, the praise team, combined choir and the Reading community choir.

A woman of utmost integrity, Earlean’s purpose in life was achieved in her devotion to her faith and her family, especially to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her family, all of whom loved her dearly, will never forget her strength, candor, wit, positivity, beauty, goodwill, and her unwavering love for them.

Earlean's spirit will be carried on by her 8 adult children; Kevin Bradley and his wife Marisol, of Shoemakersville; Duane Bradley, of Reading; Ronnie Bradley and his wife Etta Rose, of Reading; Brian Bradley, of South Carolina; Carolyn Merriweather and her husband William, of Reading; Gwendolyn Bradley and Jihad Robertson, of Reading; Linda Roberson, of Pottstown; Wanda Jackson and her husband Anthony, of Reading; 4 sisters Ella Mae Preston, of Florida; Margie Wilson, of South Carolina; Maxine Hodge, of South Carolina, Deloris Cooper, of South Carolina and brother Saul Hodge and his wife Dorothy, of Texas. Earlean also leaves behind 24 grandchildren, a host of great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren to cherish her memory.

In addition to her parents, Earlean was greeted in heaven by her husband James Edward Bradley, with whom they wed on July 19, 1955; 4 brothers Ervin Hodge, Edward Hodge, Archie Hodge, Clifton Hodge; sister Lucille Blandon; grandson Marquise Thomas Bradley.

Earlean’s family wanted to offer special thanks to her aides Kim Hargas and Yesmeraldely Galan for their compassion, friendship and skilled assistance.

Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Theo C. Auman Funeral Home, Reading. A viewing will be held Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM at St. John's Missionary Baptist Church, 436 S 7th St, Reading, PA 19602. Funeral services will commence at 10:00 AM. Graveside committal will follow at Berks County Memorial Gardens, 201 Evansville Rd, Fleetwood, PA 19522.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.TheoCAuman.com for the Bradley family. It has been an honor taking care of Earlean and her loving family.


  • Saul Hodge, Father (deceased)
  • Clara (Evans) Hodge, Mother (deceased)
  • James Edward Bradley, Husband (deceased)
  • Ervin Hodge, Brother (deceased)
  • Edward Hodge, Brother (deceased)
  • Archie Hodge, Brother (deceased)
  • Clinton Hodge, Brother (deceased)
  • Lucille Blandon, Sister (deceased)
  • Marquise Thomas Bradley, Grandchild (deceased)
  • Kevin Bradley (Marisol), Son
  • Duane Bradley, Son
  • Ronnie Bradley (Etta Rose), Son
  • Brian Bradley, Son
  • Carolyn Merriweather (William), Daughter
  • Gwendolyn Bradley (Jihad Robertson), Daughter
  • Linda Roberson, Daughter
  • Wanda Jackson (Anthony), Daughter
  • Ella Mae Preston, Sister
  • Margie Wilson, Sister
  • Deloris Cooper, Sister
  • Maxine Hodge, Sister
  • Saul Hodge (Dorothy), Brother
  • Mrs. Bradley also leaves behind24 grandchildren, a host of great grandchildren and severalgreat great grandchildren to cherish her memory.

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Tracie Wilson

September 19, 2020

Aunt Earlene was an awesome person. Every time we'd visit, she would always make sure we had enough food to eat. She's always make sure we were comfortable. We loved visiting there. Aunt Earlene always had a smile on her face no matter what she had going on. You'd never know. When we were little, she'd always bring us a bag of candy from where she worked. Aunt Earlene, we will never forget you. We love you!!

Dorraine Martin-Holbert

September 19, 2020

To the Bradley's. We love you all and so very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Bradley will always be an amazing and loving woman. Sorry I could not be present with you all today but the Holbert's send our love. The Martin's and Holbert's are here for you all during this time.

Marilyn Sampson-Ray

September 19, 2020

To the entire Bradley Family, please accept my sincerest condolences. My prayer is for God to send you Peace and Comfort. Earline was always so gracious and such a classy lady. Some of my fondest memories is when we sang together on RCGC and held down that soprano section. We had a lot of good laughs. I will hold on to the fond memories. Love never Fades away.

Candace Burton

September 18, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the family. I will always cherish the time spent with her attending church and how we would always greet each other with a smile and words of endearment toward each other. She had an anointed voice that would make me stand up and clap my hands. Rest well Sister Earlean. I love you ❤

Stacie Wilson

September 18, 2020

Aunt Earlean we will continue to love and cherish you in heaven. Our memories of you we hold dear..as I can still hear your laughter and see that lovely warm smile. Sleep in peace..Love you forever. 💐❤🙏🏾

Harriet Patterson Key-Jackson

September 18, 2020

Prayers and Heartfelt Condolences to the Entire Bradley Family. She was a Beautiful Spirit and Her Memory will live on Forever. May God Bless and keep You all Wrapped in His Loving care.

Jeannette Giddens

September 18, 2020

My condolences and prayers to the Bradley family.

Mildred booker

September 18, 2020

To My Beautiful Family In This Time Of Sadness. Aunt Earlean will be Dearly Missed. She often referred to me as her other daughter because me and Cassie was close. I Love those high cheekbones and that Beautiful Smile, I love when she visits and I hate it when she leaves. Aunt Earlean Rest On until we meet again🖤My Prayer is that God would bring peace and comfort to all she left behind. This I Ask In Jesus Name Amen 🙏🏽

Jackie Doleman

September 17, 2020

Our sincere condolences to the Bradley Family!
You've always held a special place in my heart.

With Love The Doleman Family

Lorraine Caesar

September 16, 2020

To one of my best aunts, you will truly be missed. Aunt Earlene was beautiful inside and out, loving, caring, a song bird, and that smile 😊 yes I loved her smile. I asked God to give the family strength and peace during there time of sorrow. God has gained another angel so take your rest aunt Earlene until we meet again. Love your niece Rannie


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