In Memory

Craig Allen Waters - Class Of 1987


Craig Allen Waters

Dec. 21, 1969 - July 5, 2017

SOUTH BEND - Craig Allen Waters, 47, resident of South Bend passed away peacefully at 3:10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 surrounded by family at the Hospice in South Bend. He was born on December 21, 1969 to his birth parents, Mitchell Adams and Belinda Gillespie who entrusted his life to the late Lester and Ann Nell Waters at birth.

At an early age, Craig accepted Christ as his personal savior and participated in many youth activities at Grace AME Zion Church. He attended LaSalle High School. Craig held many jobs as a general laborer until he became disabled.

Craig had a great sense of humor. He loved to have fun and make everyone laugh. Craig had many loyal friends who stood by his side throughout his illness. The love of his life was his children and family. He loved talking about his children and their parents.

Craig is survived by four children, Shania, Tristan, Trenton and Shanel Waters all of Grand Rapids, Michigan; his mother, Ann Nell Waters of South Bend, Indiana; eight sisters, Eugenia Jenkins of Avon, Indiana, Charan Richards (Charles, Jr.), Cherelyn Williams (Melvin), Kathye Waters, Leslie Wesley (Derrick Sr.), Theresa Waters and Melanie Boyd all of South Bend, Indiana, and Takeia Buck of Cuthbert, Georgia; two brothers, Bryan Gillespie of South Bend, Indiana and Cheo Waters (Lelia) of Tyrone, Georgia; special nieces and nephew, Chanel Richards, Cara Williams and Brandon Weston, who cared for him during his illness; a very special friend and the mother of his four children, Lisa Schwandt and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and one aunt, Della Luten. He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Waters, two sisters, Yvonne Carothers and Gelaine Waters, and one brother, George Mitchell.

Services will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Grace AME Zion with visitation occurring from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the church. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted with ALFORD'S MORTUARY.