Obituary for Charles McKenzie

Charles “Tommy” McKenzie, age 82, died on September 30, 2021. 

A public memorial service will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday October 3rd at First Baptist Church in Carthage, conducted by the Rev. Brian Murphy. 

Born in Moore County, he was the son of Rassie Burton and Irene Morrison McKenzie. He was a graduate of Farm Life High School and Presbyterian Jr. College in Maxton, N.C. He was awarded a scholarship to play baseball at P.J.C. for 2 years. 

He worked at the Moore County News with Bob Ewing and Woodrow Wilhoit for a short time.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 31 years and retired as Postmaster in 1992 due to health reasons. 

After retiring from the Postal Service he worked for Carolina Eve as a van driver for 7 years. 

Tommy served on several church Committees: Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, trustee and Pastor Search Committee. He served as a Carthage Town Board member for 10 years. 

Tommy enjoyed family, children, and working in the yard. He was a people person, who loved talking with people, if not in person, on the phone. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Bunnell. 

He is survived by his wife of 62 years: Mary Worthy Mckenze of Carthage; daughters: Tammy McKenzie Harward and husband Wes of Asheville, Robin McKenzie Briggs and husband Gary of Vass; son: Chris Mckenzie and wife Allison of Whispering Pines; grandchildren: Kyle Howard, Hannah Howard, Gavin Briggs, Avery McKenzie and Kendall Mckenzie; many other family members and friends. 

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carthage First Baptist Church P.O. Box 824 Carthage, NC 28327. 

Online condolences may be offered at

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the McKenzie family. 

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