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Pastor Louise (Brooks) BrayJanuary 10, 1934 ~ March 24, 2017 (age 83)
I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith. –II Timothy 4:7
Louise Bray, daughter of the late Edward Brooks and Bessie Hood was born January 10, 1934 in Marion, Alabama and departed this life on Friday, March 24, 2017 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
She began her Christian walk at the early age of twelve at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Marion, Alabama and continued this commitment until her journey on earth was complete. She moved to Fort Wayne in 1951 where she joined Eliza Street Church of God. She was saved for many years before she received the Holy Ghost in 1971. After that she attended her late brother, Elder Luellen Chapman’s Church until he left for Alabama. Later she became a member of Christ Temple Apostolic Church on Winter Street, under the late district Elder Henry W. Jones. During this time, she and Bishop E. C. Haywood worked together at the Alter with those seeking the Holy Ghost from 1978 to 1985. Through much prayer and God’s guidance, Pastor Bray received a word from God to open 807 Eliza Street Home for Prayer and Deliverance Service. In the late 80’s, Crusaders For Christ was formed as a result of outreach ministry with the assistance of her daughter Assistant Pastor Gwenna and Bishop Glenna Spriggs. She was a witness for the Lord every opportunity she got, preaching the word and passing out witness tracks on street corners. In 2004, the Lord led Pastor Bray to build Crusaders for Christ Revival Center. She did just that.
She was employed at State School Facility; also an employee at GE for twenty years and Paten Electric for four years. She was a great seamstress and songwriter. Pastor Bray let nothing stop her or get in the way of her accomplishments.
She was married to Simon Bray who preceded her in death in 1984. She was a loving mother and extremely devoted to her offspring and any child that she came in contact with.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Johnnie Mae (Irvin) Parish, Marilyn (Irie) Young, Gwenna Span-McCarty, Elizabeth L. Span, Simon (Teresa) Bray Jr., Rosie (Anthony) Jordan, Glory (Lee) Harris, two adopted granddaughters LaShonda (Orlando) Taylor, and Lindea L. Bray; two sisters Martha Peterson and Olivia Betties; twenty–seven grandchildren, twenty-three great grandchildren and host of other relatives and friends.