Thomas Eugene McKennie (1920 - 2017)

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Deacon Thomas Eugene "Honey" McKennie, 96, entered into eternal rest on Friday, May 12, 2017 in Wadley, GA.

Wake Services will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church, Wadley. His funeral will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2:30 P.M., First Baptist Church with Rev. Curtis Blair, officiating. Burial will be in the Roberson Grove Cemetery, Waynesboro Georgia. Pallbearers are nephews.

Deacon McKennie was born in Moxley, GA, son of Moses "Buddy Dock" and Rosena "Duck" Foster McKennie. He was the 12th of 15 children. Dedicated to helping his father on the farm, Thomas' formal public school education ended at 1/2 of the 6th grade term. He joined the Civilian Conservation Camp (CCC) and was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. While in the army he earned his GED. Later, he attended Georgia State College (Savannah State University) and in 1951 graduated with a degree in Industrial Arts Education. He then pursued a Master's Degree in Industrial Arts Education, Bradley University, Peoria, Ill. Deacon McKennie was a great teacher and counselor for 33 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Wadley, where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board, Sunday School superintendent and Church Secretary. He was a member of Jefferson County's Savannah State Alumni Assoc., worked with Boy Scouts of America, was a member of Fair and Honest Society and was a charter member of Louisville-Wadley Optimist Club. He loved traveling and helping others. Mr. McKennie loved his family, and loved education.

He is survived by his wife, Julia B. McKennie, Wadley; daughter, Sonya Thomasina-Julia McKennie Everett, Wadley; brother, George (Alice) McKennie, Savannah and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, other relatives and friends.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on May 19, 2017