J.D. McKenzie

Published 1:42 pm Wednesday, January 28, 2015

J.D. McKenzie, age 90 and a resident of the Hilltop Community, died at 7:55 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home.

He was longtime member of Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church, where he previously taught Sunday school. J.D. retired after many years as a bus driver for Pine School. He was also a dairy farmer and later became a beef cattleman. J.D. was a farmer all his life as he once raised cotton before dairying, but he continued to work in his big garden as long as he was able. He was a devoted and caring husband to the love of his life, his wife of 63 years, Gladys Slocum McKenzie, who preceded him in death, and he always enjoyed and cherished the time spent together with his family.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Geary and Ann McKenzie and Kendall and Vivian McKenzie, all of Pine; six grandchildren and spouses, Kimberly McKenzie and Buddy Redlinger, Steven and Jenny McKenzie, Jason and Patsy McKenzie, Leigh Ann and Brad Watson, Jeremy and Taylor McKenzie and Ashley and Josh McElveen; 10 great-grandchildren, Jacob Seal, Caleb McKenzie, Jordan McKenzie, Madison Peco, Tyler McKenzie, Chloe McKenzie, Anna Grace Watson, Makenzie Watson, Olivia McElveen and Kenzie McElveen; two sisters, Myrtle Singley of Angie and Chinesey Sumrall of Pine; three sisters-in-law, Jimmie Lou McKenzie and Leona Crain, both of Pine, and Edna Nobles of Bogalusa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a son and daughter-in-law, James D. McKenzie and Janette McKenzie; granddaughter Buffy McKenzie; great-granddaughter Fontanna Seal; his parents, Andrew Jackson McKenzie and Rosetta Williams McKenzie; and brother K.C. McKenzie.

Visitation was at Crain Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 26, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Visitation continued Tuesday at Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m., with Eld. Mark Hobgood, Eld. Clyde Cooper, Eld. Duane Ball and the Rev. Eric Williams officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

The pallbearers were James Slocum, Ronald McKenzie, Billy Gerald, Arthur Nobles, Wendell Crain, Bennie Buff and Herman Slocum.

Obituaries can be viewed online at www.crainfh.com.