Mr. Jimmie Dale McKenzie, 57, of Lillington passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014, at the First Health Hospice House in Pinehurst. He was born in McLeansboro, the son of Sherman and Georgia Belle Barber McKenzie. Jimmie worked for Lehigh Hanson Gardner Quarry in Lillington for the past 26 years as a heavy equipment operator. His passion was his garden and he shared his bounty with his many friends and neighbors. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014, at O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Chapel in Lillington with the Rev. Gregg Newton officiating. Jimmie is survived by his wife, Deborah McKenzie; stepson, Shawn Buring and wife Jessica of Carthage; three stepgrandchildren, Olivia, Nolan and Harper; four brothers, John McKenzie and wife Casey of McLeansboro, David McKenzie of Keenes, Cecil McKenzie of Lillington and Mark McKenzie and wife Alice of Gillette, Wyo.; two sisters, Marilyn Eli and husband Bob of Evansville, Ind. and Sandy Johnson and husband Danny of McLeansboro; and several nieces and nephews. A private burial service of the ashes will be held at a later date.
Published on  June 4, 2014