James L. McKenzie, Inverness, died March 16, 2014, at Citrus Memorial hospital.
Jim was born May 18, 1932, in Worcester, Mass., to the late James R. and Winifred (Brown) McKenzie. Jim served our country in the U.S. Air Force, a career that spanned 20 years, retiring with the rank of major. He served on many of the United States bases in Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Illinois as well as Puerto Rico. After receiving his wings, he flew C-118s and C-130s. He was sent to Aircraft Maintenance Officers School and then served in Alaska, finishing his career in Vietnam. His civilian employment included quality control manager in a screw factory, maintenance director in a paper/carton plant, insurance salesman and AMF Bowling Center manager. He raised four children with his first wife, Lil: Jim, Scott, Lisa and Steve. One of his dear friends, Jay Hutchison and his wife Mozelle were neighbors in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. After Lil died in 1993, and Jay also died, Jim called Mozelle to express his condolences and through the magic of email, Ma Bell and the USPS, became reacquainted and they married in July 2002 and have spent 12 wonderful years together. In Inverness, Jim was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. He served with the Stephen Ministry and in many outreach ministries such as the Salvation Army Bell Ringers.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Mozelle; sons James and his wife Marlene McKenzie, North Syracuse, N.Y., and Scott and Steven McKenzie, both of Inverness; his daughter Lisa Brygger of Rhode Island; sisters Jean Bryan, Inverness, and Carol and her husband Warren Johnson, Florida and Virginia; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Lefebvre.
A worship service and celebration of life for Jim will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial donations are requested to First Presbyterian Church of Inverness in lieu of flowers.