Rev. Guy S. McKenzie, age 96, of Salt Lick, went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 6, 2021, at St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead.
Born August 8, 1924, in Rowan County, he was a son of the late John Holley McKenzie and Flora Estelle Jones McKenzie. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Kenny McKenzie in 2008; two sisters, Avis Johnson and Ann Conn; and five brothers, Charles, John, Larry, Earl, and Horace “Doug” McKenzie.
His devoted wife of 70 years, Joyce Lillian McKinney McKenzie, whom he wed June 13, 1946, went to be with the Lord on October 5, 2016.
Rev. McKenzie is survived by four sons, Darrell (Donna) McKenzie of Morehead, Joe (Ginnie) McKenzie of Owingsville, Jerry McKenzie of Morehead, and Forrest “Frosty” (Chandy) McKenzie of Salt Lick; one daughter, Penny (Ronnie) Stockdale of Salt Lick; 11 grandchildren, Lisa McKenzie, Kevin McKenzie, Terry McKenzie, Lynn Kissick, Laura McKenzie Carter, Courtney McKenzie Wallace, Krissy McKenzie Withrow, Justin McKenzie, Matt Stockdale, Kyle A. McKenzie, and Maegan McKenzie; 11 great grandchildren, Aaron Conn, Ethan Conn, Allie McKenzie Clevenger, Dawson McKenzie, Teisha McKenzie, Justin McKenzie, Dalton McKenzie, Makenzie Kissick Hall, Mylah McKenzie, Addy Stockdale and Emelia Stockdale; and 6 great-great grandchildren, Izabella Conn, Kaden Hutson, Aurora Hall, Creighton Conn, Landri Conn, and Mallorie Hunt.
He also leaves behind two brothers, Paul Edward McKenzie of Morehead and Rodney “Red” McKenzie of Anderson, Indiana; one sister, Brenda Davis of Tipp City, Ohio; nieces, nephews, and other relatives; his church family and many friends. The McKenzie family expresses great appreciation to Bro. Guy’s loyal and dedicated caregivers, Angie Buckler, Pam Cornett, and Glenda Ison.
At age 19, Guy joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and toured the South Pacific for three years. It was there, while on the USS Houston, that he made his lifelong commitment to serve the Lord. He began his ministry in 1951 in Rowan County where he preached for several years at the Alfrey Church (where Twin Knobs is now located) and the Buck Creek Church in Menifee County. In September 1961, Rev. McKenzie was asked to become the Pastor of the Midland First Church of God, and during the 1960s the new church and parsonage were built. He and Joyce were the first residents in the parsonage. He served as pastor of Midland First Church of God until his retirement on December 20, 1987. After retiring, Rev. McKenzie’s commitment to the ministry and service to the Lord continued as he served as an interim minister for many First Church of God congregations.
In addition to being a devout Christian who led by example, Bro. Guy was a reliable and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was serious about his work and, in addition to being a minister, was a farmer, a logger, and for 35 years a school bus driver for the Bath and Rowan County school systems. Bro. Guy will be greatly missed by family and many others whose lives were greatly influenced by his earthly journey.
A funeral service and celebration of his life will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at Midland First Church of God with Bro. Bush Stevenson, Bro. Aaron Conn, and Bro. James Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow in New Alfrey Cemetery with full military honors presented by Morehead American Legion Post 126.
Pallbearers: Dawson McKenzie, Joe McKenzie, Matt Stockdale, Justin McKenzie, Kyle A. McKenzie, and Ethan Conn. Honorary pallbearers: his Midland Church of God family.
Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, August 9, 2021, at Midland First Church of God, 11479 E. Highway 60, Salt Lick, KY 40371.
For the protection of everyone’s health, the family requests all visitors to please wear masks.
Arrangements are under the direction of Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, KY 40351.
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