|Helen Tinsley McCrory was born to Claiborne Tinsley and Lydia Robinson Tinsley in West Feliciana Parish (on Raccourci Island). She was the youngest of four children. Her day of birth has never been questioned but the year has often been disputed especially since two different years were given. She received her formal education in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. When at an early age she accepted Christ she was baptized at Saint Mark U. M. C. in Baton Rouge.
For a number of years she worked as a salesperson at Rosenfields Department Store. She was united in holy matrimony to Reverend J.D. McCrory on June 30, 1949 and served by his side until his death in 1974. She traveled with him as an itinerant United Methodist preacher, and when he served as District Superintendent and had to visit various churches in the district, Helen traveled with him.
Warm and affectionate, her favorite song (and saying) was “I will trust in the Lord ‘til I die.” She served faithfully in various positions in the church until her death, which occurred peacefully in her home on November 28, 2005.
|Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2006|