Lawrence Samuel ‘Mac’ McKenzie, Jr. beloved husband, kind father and proud patriot of Bossier City, Louisiana passed away peacefully at home on Monday, August 1, 2016. He was born on April 3, 1925 in Benton, Louisiana to Lawrence, Sr. and Estelle Eva Beene McKenzie.
He proudly earned the combat infantry badge with one star for combat service in the European Theater in World War II and the Korean War, and Bronze Stars from WWII and Vietnam, and Purple Heart in WWII. After 26 years of military service, he retired from the Army as Lt. Col. He later worked as Director for the Louisiana Bureau of Emergency Medical Services where he worked tirelessly with fire departments to spearhead the development of the EMS system in Louisiana and, later, director of EMS services in North Louisiana.
Through all he accomplished in his life, the most important thing to him was his relationship with the Lord. Mac loved to study the Bible, mainly prophecy. He was an ordained deacon in the Baptist church. The love and kindness he showed to everyone who crossed his path was a shining example of how to live and love like Jesus. His most important endeavor and greatest desire for his life was to see all of his family come to know and love the Lord.
8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Michah 6:8
Mac was a devoted husband, father and Pawpaw and will be greatly missed. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 69 years, Barbara Ann Lawrence McKenzie and their four children: Lawrence S. ‘Buster’ McKenzie III and wife Orlena; Michelle McKenzie; Annette Williford and husband Richard; and Brenda Sinclair and husband Mark; his nine grandchildren: Katie Crawford, Amanda Byrd, Harlie O’Neal, Joey Clayton Cook, Darla Coile, Brooke Deaton, Megan Campbell, Jordan McKenzie, Haley Miller and fourteen great grandchildren: Kourtney, Maggie, Alyssa, Madilyn, Karlie, Brendan, Aiden, Makayla, Darvin, Jayden, Rylee, Cole, Wyatt and Chase. Mac is also survived by brother Freddy Ned McKenzie and wife Pat and sister Billie Gayle Phillips and many nieces and nephews.
Mac was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence S. McKenzie Sr. and Estelle Eva Beene McKenzie; siblings George Monroe ‘Sam’ McKenzie; Marjorie Helen Underwood; Paul Crillon McKenzie; and James Malcolm McKenzie.
Pallbearers will be Harlie O’Neal, Jordan McKenzie, Joey Clayton Cook, Jeff Crawford, Michael Coile and Brendan Deaton.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 4 from 5-8 p.m. and funeral service with military honors will be Friday, August 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Hill Crest Funeral Home, Haughton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.