Former first lady, Humphries, dies

Former Florida A&M University First Lady Antoinette McTurner Humphries, wife of FAMU’s eighth president, Frederick S. Humphries, died Thursday evening in Orlando after a long illness.

Many remembered Humphries for her quiet charm and service to students and the community.

Interim President Castell V. Bryant said, “Mrs. Humphries was a gracious and extraordinary first lady with an easy smile and giving heart,” according to a recent press release.

During her tenure at FAMU, Humphries was instrumental in sponsoring the Christmas Toys for Tots Drive and for providing scholarships to third-year theater students through the “Toni” Awards Program that was named in her honor.

The first lady left behind her husband Frederick S. Humphries, her three children, Frederick III, Tanya and Lawrence, and their spouses, grandchildren, and the entire McTurner and Humphries families.

Humphries gave her time and her self during the 16 years her husband served as FAMU president.

Humphries, who died surrounded by her family, was 64 years old.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the “Anoinette McTurner Humphries” endowed scholarship fund. Contributions should be mailed to FAMU Foundation, 200 Lee Hall, Tallahassee, Fla., 32307.

Humphries will be laid to rest in her hometown of Pittsburgh.

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