Missionary Elise Green McCray Waites
Remembering A Life Well Lived
A pillar in our community, Elsie Green McCray Waites transitioned from earth to Glory on May 28, 2019, at the age of 99 years old. Ms. Waites was born May 9, 1920, in Keatchie, Louisiana to George and Merdle King green.
Affectionally called "Mudear", "Ms. Elsie" and "mother Waites". she was known for her kind heart, explosive smile and generous spirit. She never met a stranger.
She was a faithful member of the Saint Savior Missionary Baptist Church, where Pastor Dewayne Douglas presides.
Many knew Ms. Elsie as a entrepreneur. She was the owner and operator of Elsie's Rummage, an establishment that remains a fixture in the Mooretown community and was formerly a licensed cosmetologist. in addition, for over 30 years she worked for Dr. Charles and Virginia McInnis and shared deep bonds with her children Bud (affectionately called :<y Bud") and Renee.
Her contributions to her community included mentoring children and youth, providing meals and clothing to the less fortunate, along with participating in a host of service and civic related projects. She also enjoyed ministering hope and god's word to the community by sharing her gift of gospel singing and acting. She performed in numerous skits and theatrical productions (Judgment Day, Who Broke The Link In The Chain, Invasion of the Community Snatchers.)
Ms. Waites is survived by 4 sons (Leon 'Bae' McCray, Min. Johnny Ray Green, Charles Ray Waites, Gregory Issac Waites), 3 daughters (Annie Ruth Lenox (clay), Louisiana State Rep Barbara Norton, Gloria Jean Lee (Edward), 5 siblings (Rose Bennet, Erma Ary, Sharon Collier, Ann Green, Lawrence Green (Jeanette), 16 grandchildren and a host of great and great-great grandchildren, her former Bellaire community and her dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Issac Waites, her parents George Green and Merdle King Green, an infant brother, a son Lester Thomas and her favorite uncle Leon Uncle Baby" King.
Her legacy will forever be remembered as she lives on in the hearts and minds of everyone she touched.
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" Proverbs 3:5-6