Alice Faye (Waites) Gillespie was born on July 30, 1944, at 8:15 p.m., to the parentage of Aubrey Waites, Sr., and Alzonia (Winston) Waites of Jefferson, TX, the firstborn of nine siblings.
At an early age, she joined Gethesemane United Methodist Church under the leadership of Rev. Fulton Edward Waites (grandfather). She attended Gethesemane and Smithland
Elementary Schools and graduated from Central High School. In June 1963, she moved to Dallas and joined Goodwill Baptist Church. She joined Community First in 1968 under the leadership of Rev. Gerald. She attended night school at Madame C.J. Walker Beauty College and became an award-winning hair designer and traveled worldwide, excelling in her talents. She worked for Velma B’s (four years), Juanita’s Hair Design (two years), Trendsetters (20 years), Shirley Frazier Hair Design (seven years) and 17 years on staff at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, retiring in 1997.
She was briefly married to Elbert Gillespie. Alice Faye was preceded in death by her parents, Aubrey Waites, Sr., and Alzonia Waites, brother, Aubrey Waites, Jr., sister, Carolyn Jackson, nephew, Darin Waites, and niece, Tara Waites.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her son, James Waites; daughter, Cassandra Waites; grandchildren, Kirsten Maxie, Christopher Evans, Deonta Waites, Montez Robertson, Hurlis Waites, and Chevette Waites; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Mildred, Hattie, Evelyn, Estella (Buford), Helen Ruth, and Kenneth Wayne (Carolyn); also, special nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and a host of other family and friends.