Carmena Laferne Mercer Scott was born on December 31, 1949 in Mound Bayou, MS. She is the daughter of the late Carol and Franklin Mercer. She was the third of eight siblings. She was preceded in death by her husband Vinaris Scott Sr., her parents Franklin and Carol Mercer, her mother and father in- law Booker and Rita Scott, her brothers David Van Galmore, Marcus Mercer and her sister Aida Mercer Hebron, and brother-in-laws William Lester Hardmon, Donald Williams and Oscar “Skeeter” King.
She was raised in a loving, Christian Family. As a child, she dedicated her life to Christ at an early age and was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Clarksdale, MS. She later joined Haven United Methodist Church where she was active with the youth music ministry. She served faithfully in other capacities as well.
Carmena developed a love for the arts as a little girl. She was a classically trained pianist and shared her gift of music in her church and the community. She often volunteered her time to provide free piano lessons to children in the community who could not afford lessons. She was an artist who was skilled in various forms of drawing and painting. However, oil paintings were her favorite art form. Her work has been showcased throughout the Clarksdale Community and is prominently displayed in several local churches. She was very creative and was a skilled seamstress as well. She was a successful businesswoman and eventually started her on own company, ABC/Scott Bail Bonds.
After graduating from W.A Higgins High School. She attended Memphis College of Art in Memphis, TN.
She met and fell in love with Vinaris Scott, who at the time was an active member of the military. They were married on January 5, 1973. To their union six children- Carol Twanyika, Rita Shonye’, Danita Vanginette, Vinaris Mercer Jr., Kimberly Shevon and Shira Diane. She was a doting mother who supported her husband and children full time. She supported them in all their activities-band, cheerleading, pageants, karate, academics, theater, veterans support functions and other extra -curricular activities. She loved planting flowers, watching documentaries, drawing and listening to music and loved songs in every genre.
Visitation will be Friday January 14, 2022 at Royal Funeral Home from 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM. The Celebration of Life will be Saturday January 15, 2022, 11:00 AM, at Haven United Methodist Church. Rev. Martin McCain will be officiating. Burial will follow at Oakridge Cemetery.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory five daughters-Carol (Donald) Dixon, Rita (Jimmy) Buckhalter, Danita (Aaron) Broyles, Kimberly Scott and Shira (Lawrence) Henderson, one son-Vinaris Scott, Jr., 19 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. She also leaves behind four sisters-Francis Butler, Benita (Lester) Hardmon, Janice Mercer and Michelle Mercer, two sisters in law- Gail Scott, Jennifer (Ben) Richardson and two brother in-laws James Ingram and Will Scott and a host of nieces and nephews.
On Tuesday, January 4th of this year (exactly five years and one day from the passing of her beloved husband, Vinaris), Carmena ended an uphill journey on earth and was beckoned by angels where she once again met her husband, mother, father, brothers and sister.