Obituary: Harris Elledge

Emma Discher, Senior Staff Reporter

A memorial service for senior Harris Elledge was standing room only on Friday in Kendall Cram Room at the Lavin-Bernick Center. More than 200 students, faculty and staff members gathered to share stories and memories of Elledge, who died Feb. 4.

Several students who spoke mentioned Elledge’s incredible kindness to everyone he met. He was known among his friends for his genuine greetings and consistently asking others how they were doing.

Elledge’s friend Tom Steinwedell, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity President Keenan Monroe and SAE Fraternity Advisor Aaron Miller put together a GoFundMe page for Elledge’s parents to offset travel and funeral expenses. The $35,163 raised will also fund a “fitting tribute to Harris and his life.”

“Harris’ kindness and enormous heart has inspired so many of us,” Steinwedell wrote on the GoFundMe page. “I will never be as strong as him, as tough as him, or fight as hard as he did. His legacy will always live on through those that loved him.”

Steinwedell, who is also Elledge’s fraternity “little brother” and roommate, stuck out in the crowd of suits in a flannel shirt and a baseball cap. As he explained in his talk, Elledge hated dressing up and instead often opted for his signature look of a flannel and baseball cap.

After the speakers and a slideshow remembering Elledge’s life, the group second-lined around the Lavin-Bernick Center.

Elledge was in the A.B. Freeman School of Business and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Originally from Nashville, he graduated in 2012 from Montgomery Bell Academy.