Elaine (Crosby) White was born on April 18, 1940 in Gaffney South Carolina to the late James and Syvelia (Butler) Crosby. Elaine was the 4th of eleven children born in this union. Her siblings; Willie J. Crosby, Carrie Foster (Eddie), Gordon G. Crosby (Dorothy), Judy L. Belcher, Vincent A. Crosby (Jane). Siblings who preceded Elaine in Eternal Sleep; Gary L. Crosby, Clifford Crosby, Thomas E. Crosby, Laura M. Crosby Nancy A. Crosby.
A Life Well Lived….
Elaine attended Gaffney Public school system from primary through high school. Elaine graduated from Granard High in 1958. Elaine then ventured North as millions of other African Americans did of her era seeking and dreaming of a better life for herself. Her journey took her to Washington, DC for a moment then to New York. But she pressed further north to Stamford, Connecticut where she settled down and started her family of four children. Married her late husband Roosevelt Beaufus White.
Elaine was a free spirit, she believed in flexibility, and she valued honesty and authenticity. She believed that everyone needed a harmless outlet from stress and one way she did this was entertaining close friends in her home. Our mother loved music, all of it; everything from the blues, Jazz, R&B country and classical and of course Gospel. Our mother loved to dance and loved dancing with her children and later on in life with her grands. Elaine had a since of humor and a beautiful laugh! Her wit was razor sharp and she was known for speaking her mind. She made her whole family laugh with her outrageous and exaggerated expressions, and all her wittiness. She was a kind generous and compassionate woman a Lady with impeccable taste of the finer things in life. She believed in the concept of tough love and was fiercely independent and private. She loved her family and taught her children about Jesus, first through nightly prayers before going to sleep praying before eating and attending The House of God , the first one was Little Zion in Stamford, CT that exposure helped us grow into having a close relationship with The Father and passing on this knowledge to our children, grands and nieces and nephews. She raised her children the best way that she knew, Trusting in GOD, treating people the way you would want to be treated. Showing compassion for each person regardless of their circumstance, position or where they were in life. Everyone should be treated with respect and we, as her children should be an example to others. Yes, we learned a lot from our mother and Ephesians 4:32 is a perfect example of how we viewed our mom. A strong prayer warrior for sure. That meant getting on her knees and going into prayer on behalf of her children and family, knowing that GOD could do it better than she could.
During her earlier years Elaine held various positions of employment, homemaker, receptionist and quite a few years in electronics working for Barnes Engineering. The most important job of all though for Elaine was being a caring and loving mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren.
Elaine attended Limestone Baptist church as a child and was baptized there as well. When Elaine moved to Spartanburg, SC she began attending Majority Baptist church for over 18 plus years and was a devoted active member.
Having completed her final chapter on this walk called life, Elaine (Crosby) White, 81, passed peacefully into the Arms of our LORD and Savior in Eternal Sleep on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, her Blessed gifts from our Eternal FATHER: Barry Fitzgerald Crosby (Valerie), Detra E. Crosby, Vida N. Crosby-Ingram (Charles), Allison S. Crosby. Blessed with 7 Grandchildren; Robert E. Brown, Jr. (Randi), Ciayra K. R. Webb, Alessandria M. Turkvan, Fendi M. Turkvan, Marley D. Webb, Denzel D. Riddick, Dior L. C. Roberts. Blessed even more with 7 Great Grandchildren; Nigel K. Douglas, Arabelle Brown, Bobby Gutierrez, Jr., Kaiden Brown, Za’leya M. Riddick, Zelainy V. Riddick, Zeilani F. Riddick. Dearly Loved nephews, nieces and cousins. Elaine Dear Sisters in Love Inez Crosby (Thomas) Freda Crosby (Gary) and Brother in Love Roy Horton A Special Dear Friend Alice Brown. Special Thanks to the caregivers: Joann Bomar and
“Eternal was, is and shall be. Therefore, Life death and memories are but a continuation of the eternal. The blood and relationship ties that bind us together has meaning that only you can determine its purpose and value for your life.”
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 23rd, 12:00 noon in The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel with The Reverend Wilbert Jamison, Jr. officiating