Mary H. Wiseman



El’Ray Wiseman, Jr. was born on April 28, 1954, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Houston, Texas.   He was the third child of the union of Mary Wilson Wiseman of Huntsville, Texas and the late El’Ray Wiseman, Sr., of San Augustine, Texas.

El’Ray expressed faith in Christ at an early age and united with Second Cavalcade Baptist Church where he was a member of the Faith Chorus youth choir. 

El’Ray was a master trumpter and--with his sister, Lynda Joy, on flute--was a member of the world-famous Kashmere Stage Band, for 6 years under the tutelage of “Prof” Conrad Johnson.  He served as captain of the band from 1969-1971 and was named best highschool trumpeter in America for two years in a row.

El’Ray loved his family and was a devoted father who continued to guide and protect his beloved mother, four children and six grandchildren until called to eternity on Sunday, August 16, 2009 while vacationing in Salt Lake City Utah.

He was preceeded in death by his father, El’Ray Wiseman, Sr. and beloved sister, Lynda Joy Wiseman-Barnes.  He leaves to grieve, his mother, Mary Helen Wilson Wiseman; sister, Kijana Wiseman-Fusilier (Aundra); four children: LaTanya Brooks Samuels (DeAndre), El’Ray Darian Wiseman (Rose), Bradley Elliot Wiseman & Joy Delaine Wiseman; six grandchildren: Nathaniel LeDarian Parker, Cristopher Levy, Cameron Samuels, Kierra Wiseman, Ni’tashia Wiseman &  Pearl Wiseman; one nephew, Andre Eugene Barnes; an ex-wife, Faren Sims Thomas; special friends Sandra Brooks and Tracy Ann Richard; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.