In Memoriam
Bobbie McKenzie
Class of 1960
Bobbie Kenneth McKenzie, age 71, retired Rome and Floyd County Fire
Chief, of #15 Ridge Drive, Rome passed away Tuesday night, July 3rd,
2012 at a Rome hospital.

A native of Jackson County, Alabama, Chief McKenzie was born on March
7th, 1941, the son of the late Bluford McKenzie and the late Geneva
Muphree McKenzie Ollis. He attended Hardin Elementary School in Centre,
Alabama, was a 1960 graduate of Berry High School for Boys and was a
graduate of Floyd College where he received his Associate of Fire Science
Degree. Chief McKenzie was a Vietnam Veteran having served in the
United States Army. He was a very active member and past deacon of
Calvary Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee and was a long time
Sunday School teacher of the Men’s Department. On March 28th, 1967
Chief McKenzie joined the Rome / Floyd Country Fire Department and was
named Chief of the department on December 21st, 1990. Chief McKenzie
retired on September 1st, 2008 after more than 40 years of distinguished
service to Rome and Floyd County. Chief McKenzie was a member of the
International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Southeastern Association of
Fire Chiefs, the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs and the Georgia State
Fire Fighters Association. Chief McKenzie served on the American Red
Cross Board and was a Post Recipient of the Presidential Award of the
Georgia State Fire Fighters Association. Chief McKenzie was a member
and past Master of Oostanaula Masonic Lodge #113 F&AM where he
became a member in 1971 and served as lodge secretary from 1980 thru
2011, was a member the Rome York Rite Bodies where he served as
recorder, a member of the Rome Chapter #26, Royal Arch Masons, Rome
Council #15 Royal and Select Masons, Rome Commandery #8 Knights
Templar and the Low 12 Club. He was a charter member of Seven Hills
Daylight Masonic Lodge #751 F&AM. He was preceded in death by a son,
Bobbie Kenneth McKenzie, II on February 7th, 2012, by a sister, Nelda
Brooks in 2009, by a brother, Larry Ollis in April 1989 and by his step-
father, Rufus Ollis in 1986.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Lynda O. Phillips McKenzie to whom
he was married on April 2nd, 1961 at Berry College; 1 son and daughter-
in-law, Bo and Brandy McKenzie of Rome; 4 grandchildren, Skye and
Mason McKenzie and Jeremy and Corey Hindman; daughter-in-law, Gayle
McKenzie of Orlando Florida; 2 brothers, Charles Ollis of Cedar Bluff,
Alabama and Glenn Ollis (Elaine) of Rome. Nieces and nephews also
survive

A Celebration of Chief Bobbie Kenneth McKenzie’s life will be held on
Saturday morning, July 7th, 2012, at 11 o’clock at Calvary Baptist Church
with Dr. Gary Graves and Dr. Frank Wood officiating. Interment will follow
in the family lot at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with Dr. Bill Dempsey
officiating at the graveside with the Rome/Floyd County Fire Department
Honor Guard conducting graveside honors.

Members of the Rome/Floyd County Fire Department Honor Guard will
serve as active pallbearers. All fire fighters, members of Bobbie’s Sunday
School Class, members of Oostanuala Masonic Lodge and all Masons
along with Bobbie’s class mates from Mount Berry School for Boys are
asked to serve as honorary pallbearers.

Obituary is from the website of Fred Talley's Parkview Chapel Funeral Home
Photo is courtesy of the Rome News-Tribune