American Veteran 04

Mary Frances Ringley

August 24, 1959 ~ March 26, 2022 (age 62)


Mary Frances Ringley (nee Smith) passed away on Saturday, March 26th in Fayetteville, NC at the age of 62. Mary was known by Frances by her close family members, but the name she was referred to the most frequently was “Mom.”

She was a mother, wife, caretaker, nurturer, and fervent believer in her Heavenly Father. She would often say “I’m going to my prayer closet to talk to God” when she felt overwhelmed – and she would emerge feeling strengthened and resolute. Not only did she provide unconditional love to her two children, Kristen (and her husband, Britain Weaver) and Connor Pate, but provided that same love and tenderness to her surviving husband, Donald Ringley. Although Mary had two biological children, she loved Kristen and Connor’s brother, Christopher Pate, as one of her own. She was also a grandmother to Colten James Weaver and Ashlynn Diptee and step-mother to Cynthia Branly and husband Jim.

Mary was extraordinary. Not only in her faith and commitment to those that she loved fiercely, but because of her inexhaustible determination and tenacity. Her early career was in the United States Army, where she excelled and earned the respect of not only her colleagues, but of the colonels and generals that she worked with. An honors graduate of Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, she unrelentingly pursued a better world and community through her role as a Probation and Parole Officer. Realizing that many in our small community needed love and guidance instead of unrelenting punishment to unshackle themselves from the chains of addiction, she earned her master’s degree and became a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. She retired as a Probation and Parole Officer after single-handedly starting a Mental Health Pilot Program that served to instruct fellow officers on how to better understand addiction, trauma, and the importance of a robust mental healthcare organization that operated within and throughout our justice system.

Mary was preceded in her passing by her parents, Mary Ann Smith and Winning Douglas Smith, sisters, Peggy Ann Smith and Jeanette Tadlock (nee Smith), and her brothers, James and Robert Smith. She is survived by her sister, Shirley Davis and brother, Larry Smith.

Please note: visitation will be held on Thursday, March 31st at your leisure at the Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home (118 Fayetteville St, Clinton, NC 28328) and The Service will be held on Friday, April 1st at 11 am at the Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Fischer House Foundation ( or Pets for Vets (


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Funeral Service
April 1, 2022

11:00 AM
Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home
118 Fayetteville Street
Clinton, NC 28328

Interment following funeral service
April 1, 2022

Clinton City Cemetery
103 Raiford St.
Clinton, NC 28328

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