Alex Mac Waites
Alex Mac Waites of Soso, Mississippi passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at his residence. Graveside services will be held at 11 A.M. on Monday at Highland cemetery. Military rites will be presented by the VFW Post 3036 Honor Guard. Visitation will be held at 10 A.M. on Monday at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home.
Mr. Waites will always be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend to all those who knew him, and there were many.
Mac was born in Vossburg, Mississippi on September 20, 1925 to Lucius Waites, Sr. and Ruth McFarland Waites, and grew up in South Mississippi. After graduation from high school, in Paulding, Mississippi, he joined the United States Navy. He served from September 18, 1943 until May 4, 1946. Mac was a hospital Apprentice First Class on the USS Consolation in the Pacific Theater. After his service with the Navy, he attended the University of Mississippi. He married Thelma Ware in September 1950 and moved to Corpus Christi, TX. After moving several times, they settled in Hattiesburg where they reared their three daughters, Debbie, Beth and Lynn.
Mac began his career as an automobile parts salesman in Corpus Christi, TX. He later became the co-owner of C & W Auto Parts in Hattiesburg, MS where he worked until he retired in 1997. He was ordained as a Deacon in the Presbyterian Church in Natchez. MS and then was an active member of Bay Street Presbyterian Church and served as an elder for many years.
Mac was proud to be among the several men at Bay Street Presbyterian Church that began the Presbyterian Christian School in 1975. He served as a Chairman of the Board of the school for several years during its initial growth. This school was always a passion for Mac and he enjoyed watching its success and growth over the years.
Mac loved working outdoors and always had an immaculate garden and flower bed. He also loved fishing and spending time with his loving family.
Mac is survived by his three daughters, Debbie Veal of Katy, TX, Beth Hilbun (Bobby) of Soso, MS, and Lynn Burks (John) of Forrest City, AR as well as several grandchildren and great-grand children. He will be missed but always remembered.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Presbyterian Christian School, 221 Bonhomie Rd, Hattiesburg, MS, 39401.