Mary Ellen Smyser Davis

October 5, 1929 - March 9, 2023

10/05/1929 - 03/09/2023

Past Services

Wednesday March 15, 2023
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service - Letchworth Chapel
101 West 7th Street
Scotland Neck, NC 27874
Funeral Service
Wednesday March 15, 2023
2:00 pm
Sunnyside Cemetery
4764 US-258
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

Mary Ellen Smyser Davis, age 93, of Scotland Neck, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at Bryan Health and Rehabilitation in Scotland Neck.

Mary was born on October 5, 1929 into a large family of thirteen in York, PA. She was married to Robert “Bob” Cowey and was the loving mother of six children. Mary worked at a young age at Woolworths, Millers Butcher Shop, and Central Market in York, PA. She later moved to Hobgood, NC and remarried. Mary worked at Carr Full Flex and at the Pajama Factory as production support until her retirement. She was a dedicated member of Hope Free Will Baptist Church and loved being involved in church activities. Mary loved having a vegetable garden, working in her yard, and being a homemaker. She was always proud of her family and was extremely hard working. Mary took life in stride, always making the best of every day and giving God the glory.

Mary was preceded in death by her mother, Elsie Mae Smyser; her father, Wilbur Henry Smyser; her daughter, Helen Louise Cowey; her son, Dale Cowey; and her husbands, Robert Cowey and Earl Pittman Davis.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda Singleton and husband Gary of Brooksville, FL, Robin Barwick and husband Larry of Palmyra, VA, and Carol Cowey of Scotland Neck; her son, Thomas Cowey and wife Pamela of Springhill, FL; her daughter-in-law, Marie Cowey; her granddaughters, Shelly Faust and husband Dave, Teri Marks, April Strickland and husband Gerry, Tammy Vore and husband Scott, Jennifer Cowey, and Angela Cook and husband Cody; her grandsons, Elliot Cowey and wife Angela, Tommy Cowey, Robert Barwick and wife Macy, Matthew Bryant and wife Angela, and Michael Waters; her great-grandsons, Derrick Faust and wife Amy, Devin Faust, Corey Marks and wife Courtney, Tyler Cowey, Garrett Strickland, Adam Strickland, Henry Barwick, Tavin Cook, Elijah Romero, and Gavin Waters; her great-granddaughters, Alison Marks, Gabrielle Marks and husband Patrick, Jackie Cook, Jadyn Cook, Hannah Romero, Makaylah Romero, and Haley Bryant and six great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Letchworth Chapel in Scotland Neck. A celebration of life graveside service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Sunnyside Cemetery in Scotland Neck, with Rev. Matthew Jones presiding.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made directly to Hope Free Will Baptist Church, 8772 US Highway 258, Scotland Neck, NC 27874 or online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Letchworth Chapel in Scotland Neck is handling the arrangements for the Davis family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Dick & Marilyn May
1 year ago

Robin & family, Dick & I send our condolences for the loss of your Mother. Praying you will sense the love & hugs sent your way by all your “sisters in Christ” during this difficult time.
Blessings & love

1 year ago

Gavin, Mary Beth and myself would like to express our condolences to the entire family.