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Mary Akers Scruggs Cathey


Last updated 6/24/2019 at 12:58pm

Mary Akers Scruggs Cathey, 91, died peacefully June 20, 2019, at Southminster in Charlotte, N.C., after several years of declining health with Alzheimers.

The daughter of the late Nancy and Joe Akers, she was born in Charlotte, April 25, 1928. She grew up with her sister, the late Nancy Akers Wallace and brother, the late Jimmy Akers, at Akers Acres, the family home on Sardis Road. She graduated from Salem Academy and Southern Seminary College.

She and Bill Scruggs were married in 1950 and had three children, Helen, Marvin and Sue. They had a precious and very happy marriage, cut tragically short by his sudden and unexpected death in 1964 at the age of 39.

In 1967, she married Hugh Cathey and together they enjoyed playing tennis, traveling and spending summers in Brevard, an area rooted deep in her heart. They loved to capture wild animals that wandered into their Connestee house and release them on an out-of-the-way mountain road. The population of raccoons, squirrels and skunks in Transylvania County has remained robust thanks to their recovery efforts.

When her husband died in 2005, she moved fulltime to Brevard, where she lived until moving to Southminster in 2013. She was so happy in Brevard and created a whole community of friends and activities around her love of gardening, music, painting and Hiking. Attending concerts at the Brevard Music Center was an eagerly anticipated summer event. A perfect Brevard day would include working in Nancy Morrow’s garden alongside the volunteer gardening group, “the Posies,” followed by lunch and laughter.

Her children are so proud to be her children and are grateful to have learned her gentle and loving ways.

The family desperately misses their brother, Marvin, who was killed in an accident on the farm in August 2018. Luckily, she never completely comprehended his death.

She is survived by her daughters, Helen Akers Scruggs and Sue Scruggs Rudkin; daughter-in-law, LuAnn Scruggs; grandchildren, Kristan Foard Dewey and husband, Eddie, Mary Cameron Rudkin, Emily Rudkin Day and husband, Michael, Katie Scruggs Logan and husband, Dan and Ashlyn Scruggs; six great-grandchildren; and beloved kitties, Clive and Shorty.

Memorials can be sent to Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, NC 28712.

The memorial service will be private. The family asks that a glass be raised in a toast to the preciousness of your loved ones, the beauty of nature and friendships lifelong and new.

The family thanks the incredible caregivers at Southmister for the genuine love and constant attention they provided to their mother.


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