Mary Scott Humphreys



Mary Louise Scott Humphreys was born September 26, 1915, to Laura Gorham Allen and Gaither Marvin Scott. She passed away peacefully on May 3rd, 2018, at Heritage Place, her home for the last 21 years. A life-long resident of Fayetteville, NC, Mary attended Women’s College in Greensboro, NC. She married James Ellegood Humphreys in Fayetteville in 1937.

Mary loved the Lord, her family, her friends and Fayetteville, her home for 102 years. She loved chocolate; she hated fruit; she loved listening and telling stories. She had a true servant’s heart as evidenced by how she lived her life. She personified the Motto “Do what’s right and do what’s good. Be kind and help others.” Her life was a living testament to grace and humility.
Mary Humphreys was a stay-at-home mom who was always there for her three children, their friends, and all of the neighborhood children. She involved herself in activities in the church, the community and especially the schools from Westlawn through Fayetteville High School.
A life-long member of Highland Presbyterian Church, Mary was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for service to her church. She spent years sharing her love of music in Sunday school to generations of toddlers. Music was the key to her soul, and she carried the gift of song throughout her life. She shared music with family, friends, and church, and she could often be found playing the piano for the residents at Heritage Place. A highlight in her musical “career” was being featured on her grandson’s rock band album playing her rendition of the song “Fayetteville”, written by her grandson.
On her 100th birthday, Mayor Nat Robertson issued a proclamation for the 26th of September, 2015, as a day in honor of Mrs. Mary Louise Scott Humphreys. She was also awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Governor Pat McCrory on the same day.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Humphreys, her son, James E. Humphreys, Jr., and her brothers Gaither Scott and Charles Scott. Left to cherish her memory and carry out her legacy of love for all are her two daughters, Julia Strain of Fayetteville and Mary Benson (Gerrit) of Virginia Beach, VA; her eight grandchildren, Mary Scott Peterson (Chad), Lauren Blashford, Jimmy Strain, Katherine Bain (Chris), Gerrit Benson (Amy), Scott Benson (Kristen), Greg Humphreys (Rubina) and Ann Humphreys; her eight great grandchildren, Cam Peterson, Ward Peterson, Shepard Peterson, Walker Bain, Campbell Bain, Mary Kate Bain, Jonathan Benson and Jim Humphreys; her nephew Hugh Wachter, her daughter-in-law Grace Rockafellow and beloved family friend, Jimmy Townsend.
There will be a graveside service on Monday, May 7th at 11:00 a.m., at Lafayette Memorial Park on Ramsey St.
The family would like to give special thanks to Sara, Mary, Erika, Sheila and all of the wonderful caregivers at Heritage Place.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to Highland Presbyterian Church Pastor’s Fund, 111 Highland Avenue, Fayetteville, NC 28305.
Her graciousness, beauty and southern style will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.
Arrangements by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home.