Calvin Montgomery McKennie
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Calvin
Montgomery McKennie
Mr. McKennie, 75, of Charlotte, died December 21, 2006. Services will be held Friday, December 29, 2006 at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church. Visitation will be 10:00-11:00 AM, with service at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Mr. McKennie was a native of Norfolk, VA. He received his BA degree in music from Florida A&M University, and received his Master's Degree, and an advanced degree, from New York University. He retired after 30 years of service as a music instructor for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. During his retirement, he was a band director for the Zodiacs.
Survivors are Maurice and Emily Williams, Nancy Pethel, the friends of the McCrorey Heights Community, and the singers and musicians of the Zodiacs.
Contributions and memorials can be sent to the building fund of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, Statesville Avenue, Charlotte, NC.
Grier Funeral Service of Charlotte is serving the family.

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Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 28, 2006.
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January 19, 2007
maurice and the zodiacs with macand the guys at newyears
January 19, 2007
mac and don at new years party dec31 2005
January 18, 2007
Mac and Don Thompson New Years 2005
January 16, 2007
January 3, 2007
don brame
January 3, 2007
mac freddie and the zodiacs
January 2, 2007
maurice and mac with lee at greensboro
January 2, 2007
mac and don at new years 2005 lexington
December 29, 2006
our thoughts and prayers are with maurice and miss emilyand the rest of mac's family, the zodiacs...mac influenced a great many people through his kind heart and great stories, not to mention his musical abilities...he was one in a million!
liz luke
December 29, 2006
don brame
December 29, 2006
maurice and cal at depot greensboro98
December 28, 2006
IN 1967, AS THE NEW "KID" IN THE ZODIACS BAND, I KNEW HOW GREAT "MAC"PLAYED THE SAXOPHONE AND HOW HE TOUCHED ALL THE SAX PLAYERS AROUND, IT WASN'T UNTIL I MET SOME OF HIS CLASSMATES FROM FLORIDA A&M LIKE NAT ADDERLEY, ERIC KNIGHT, AND RON HAMMOND (ALL HAD THE INCREDIBLE STORIES) I REALLY FOUND OUT WHAT A PHENOMENAL MUSICIAN HE REALLY WAS AND REALLY APPRECIATE THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN HAVING PLAYED WITH HIM IN THE ZODIACS BAND FOR TWO VERY SHORT YEARS.
"MAC" HAS LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION IN THE HEARTS OF LOT OF PEOPLE
JOSEPH ORR
December 28, 2006
Mckennie and Dottie were very good friends of mine. I always visit with them when I was in Charlotte. McKennie will surly be missed, however he is enjoying himself with his family. I love the McKenniue family and they surly will be missed. Love, JuanitaJ. McCain and Family
Juanita McCain
December 28, 2006
to family and friends:
we'll miss mac very much, he touched many lives.
archie nance
December 28, 2006
Mr. McKennie taught band and orchestra at Ranson Jr. High (now Middle School) when I was there in the early 1970's, and I had the privilege of being his student for three years. Even though we were a small group with not a lot of talent, he made us feel like we were great musicians. In addition to teaching me how to play the violin, he taught me chords on the guitar and a few little songs on the piano. I'll never forget one concert where the band played "Stay" and Mr. McKennie had arranged for Maurice Williams to be in the audience. We thought that was the coolest! Mr. McKennie made music fun, and I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to be one of his students! It's teachers like him that made me want to work in a classroom.
Lisa Waters Fisher
December 28, 2006
mac don and maurice at the depot greensboro march1998
don brame
December 28, 2006
don brame
December 28, 2006
mac don and maurice at the depot greensboro 1998
i will always remember "mac"for his hats.he was such a very kind sole.one of the very best saxaphone players that i have ever heard i am so happy that i got to know him. he really touched me. he is one of the reasons that i'm into music after 50 years. i hope someday i can play at least half as good as mac. love and peace to all. a true friend and zodiac brother don brame.
don brame
December 28, 2006
To the Zodiacs
I am so sorry for your loss. Mac will surely be missed by one and all. Prayers are with everyone at this time. He was such a great sax player. He's playing n Heaven now
Margaret Powers
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