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Cecil Marshall McKenzie

Services celebrating the life of Cecil Marshall McKenzie will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, September 30, 2013 at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. Officiating will be Dr. Pourciau. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery on St. Vincent Avenue. The family will receive friends on Monday from 12:00 noon prior to service at the church.

Marshall is survived by his loving wife, Sallie Victory McKenzie, his sons Dr. John Marshall McKenzie and wife, Mary of Gilmer, TX., David McKenzie and former wife Shelly of Keller, TX; grandchildren, John Marshall McKenzie II and wife Jade of Plymouth, Wisconsin, Elizabeth Ann McKenzie of Washington, DC., Paige Leigh McKenzie and Patrick Thomas McKenzie of Keller, TX. Other relatives include his brother, Tom McKenzie of Corpus Christi, TX.; brother-in-law, Justice Jeffery Victory and wife Nancy of Shreveport, LA; sisters-in-law, Jennifer V. Byley of Shreveport, LA, Sharon V. McGowan and Larry McGowan of Houston, TX., Jane Victory Redmon and Husband Harry of Metairie, LA; Frances V. Schennkan and husband, Pete of Austin, TX; Ellen V. Bell and husband Joe of Austin, TX., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marshall was an active leader and Deacon in Broadmoor Baptist Church. He was director of a large adult Sunday School Department for 25 years.

Marshall finished Marian High School and graduated from Louisiana Tech, LSU in Baton Rouge, LA and received a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Tulane University. He dedicated his life to helping others and public service. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Public Welfare Association in Washington, DC and held offices in a number of professional organizations. He attended law school at night and was a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Marshall was appointed by Mayor James C. Gardner as the first Director of the Dept. of Housing Improvement for the city of Shreveport. He cleared the batture region on the riverfront which was a slum area crowded with 76 people, including small children, living in cardboard boxes and lean-to-shacks with no utilities. Marshall was patient and compassionate in accomplishing this complicated task. He helped the families relocate to better housing and found them in a suitable place to live. Sci-Port and other major improvements were later located in the slum area. The city of Shreveport received national publicity and a Look Magazine award for improving sub-standard housing.

Marshall was the Regional Administrator for the Office of Family Services for 40 years and supervised all payment and Social Services for parishes in Northwest area of the state. In 1985 he was the recipient of the Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Civil Service award for outstanding professionalism and performance. On March 23, 2003 he was awarded a Life Achievement Award by the Louisiana National Association of Social Workers in Baton Rouge. After retiring he worked in the Pain Unit of Willis Knighton Hospital and worked part-time for Christus Schumpert Medical Center and Brentwood Hospital.

Marshall was very active over the years as volunteer. He was a volunteer social worker for the Cancer Survivors support group at Christus Schumpert. He was on the Board of Directors of Northwest Louisiana Legal Services and he did pro-bono work representing indigent clients in court. Marshall served as State President of the Retired State Employees Association for 2004 and 2005 and was president of the Shreveport area for the organization for six years.

He was an avid horseback rider and participated in long 3-day trail rides. When he was 74 years old, he began taking trombone lessons and he enjoyed playing with the Shreveport Metropolitan Concert Band at LSUS. He was a long time member of the Downtown Rotary Club.

Most of all he enjoyed his four grandchildren and periodic family reunions.


Published in Shreveport Times from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2013
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