Monday, November 30, 2015

Martha “Nell” McKay Humphries

Martha “Nell” McKay Humphries, 81, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s on Sunday, November 29, 2015, at NHC HealthCare facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2015, in the Nowell Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Childs officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 1 p.m. until service time at Nowell Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, Mississippi. Interment will follow in Beth Eden Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Humphries was born February 18, 1934, to Bess and Eva Sue Kinard McKay. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Louisville; and she was a retired secretary.

Nell is survived by her husband of 40 years, Ted Humphries of Harrison, Tennessee; her daughter, Kathy Ward Howell of Munford, Alabama; her son, Alan Ward and wife, Angela, of Harrison, Tennessee; and her sister, Marie Prisock of Brandon, Mississippi. One of her greatest joys was her three grandchildren: Marti Clotfelter and husband, David; Brian Cummings; and Allie Ward. Also left to mourn her passing is four great-grandchildren: Michael Davis, Morgan Davis, Amber Davis, and Destiny Davis; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Ricky Ward; her parents; one sister, Annie Bess Todd; and three brothers, Leon “Mac” McKay; O. D. McKay; and Howard McKay.

Serving as pallbearers will be James Humphries, Todd Johnson and William Johnson.

Services are under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at

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