He was born Sept. 26, 1937, in Big Springs, to the late Ruben L. McKenzie and Myrtle Thompson McKenzie Randolph.
He graduated from Meigs County High School in 1957 and McKenzie Business College in 1960 with a degree in a accounting. He had worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He also served as sheriff of Meigs County from 1982 to 1990.
He was a member of Decatur Lions Club and the Decatur Jaycees. He was a past chairman for the Meigs County Democratic Party. He was a member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in Decatur. He enjoyed traveling.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Suits McKenzie, of Decatur; his children and spouses: Ruben “Mike” and Michele McKenzie, Tony McKenzie and the mother of his son, Michelle, Chris and Bridget McKenzie, and Jennifer McKenzie, all of Decatur; grandchildren: Logan McKenzie, Bryce McKenzie, Tanner McKenzie, and Emma Womac; brothers and sister-in-laws: Billy G. and Johnnie McKenzie of Decatur, George Madison and Shelby McKenzie of Harrison, Jerry M. and Jeania McKenzie of Decatur; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Lou and Benny Deloach of Decatur; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Ann and Ned Johnson of Cleveland; and several nieces, nephews and numerous beloved family and friends.
There will be no formal visitation. A private family service will be held.
Memorials may be made to the Memorial Hospital Cancer Center 605 Glenwood Drive, Suite 100, Chattanooga TN 37404
You are encouraged share a memory of him and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial Web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral & Cremation Service of Cleveland is honored to assist the McKenzie family with these arrangements.