Jackson Springs, NC

On February 12, 2020 Tamara Renee Mackey passed on to be with The Lord after a long battle with colon cancer.  She died in the loving company of family and her closest friends at FirstHealth Hospice House at 6:04 p.m. For over two years she overcame every pain and challenge in her lengthy battle and personified the most courageous warrior imaginable.  Tamara epitomized what a compassionate and loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend should be. Of Tamara’s many positive influences on the people that she touched she wished to encourage all to embrace early detection of all cancers and ailments in hopes that another one of God’s precious children could avoid unnecessary pain and suffering.

On Saturday, February 29, the family will receive friends at The Tuckerman House in nearby Ellerbe/Derby from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  This property is owned by a dear friend and was special to her for many years as a place for relaxing with friends and family. A private celebration of Tamara’s life will be held earlier this same day in Southern Pines.  The family asks that anyone coming to the gathering in Ellerbe to bring a photo of Tamara if you have one to share with the family. Directions to the home can be found on the web at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/22569945, or by entering 204 Hope Lane, Ellerbe NC 28338 into your navigation system.

A native of Moore County she was a daughter of Linda Ann Hunt Norris and the late Thomas Albert Norris. Tamara was a graduate of North Moore High School and Sandhills Community College. She worked all of her life as a legal assistant with several attorneys in Moore County, and most recently with Trevarrow Law Firm in Southern Pines.

She is survived by her husband Thomas “Buddy” Mackey; son Austin Mackey of the home; sister Kim Gibson and husband Sonny of Troy; brother Cliff Norris of Aberdeen; her fur baby Gracie; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other extended family.

Memorials may be made to: FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 10 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home

An online register is available at PinesFunerals.com



Visitation: February 29, 2020 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Tuckerman House
204 Hope Lane,
Ellerbe , NC 28338


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Tamara Renee Mackey's name.

FirstHealth Hospice Foundation

150 Applecross Road
Pinehurst, NC

Memories Timeline


  1. Buddy, I am so very sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for you and Austin during this time and in the days to come.

  2. Buddy, We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and Austin during these difficult days. David and Bentha Crook

    • Buddy, So very sorry for your loss. We pray that God will provide you and your family strength and comfort during your time of sorrow.

  3. Prayers to Buddy and Austin during this incredibly difficult time – so very sorry for your loss! She will be missed by so many! We loved working with her here at Robbins May & Rich.

  4. Buddy and Austin, I so sorry that this is something that you are having to go through, just know that prayers for peace and comfort now and in the coming days will be with you both. Tamara will always have a special place in my heart. Hugs to you both.

  5. Buddy and Austin, thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time. Tamara was a wonderful woman and will be missed.

  6. We were deeply saddened by Tamara’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Austin during this very difficult time

  7. I’m so sorry to hear this. Prayers of content and Love to you both in your days to come. She was a great and sweet friend.

  8. Buddy and Austin, I am so very sorry for your loss. The world has lost another bright light. She will remain forever in our hearts

  9. Buddy, we are so very sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you and your family. We love you, and always will. Libby and Kevin

  10. Buddy:
    I am so sorry to hear this news. Please know our prayers are with you and the family as
    you grieve the loss of Tamara Renee.

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