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1010 S. White Street
P.O. Box 99
ATHENS, TN 37371-0099
Phone: 423-745-3013
Fax: 423-745-7733
Betty McKenzie

Betty Ann McKenzie (McMahan)

Friday, December 29th, 1933 - Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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Betty Ann McMahan McKenzie, age 87, passed away in her sleep, Monday, May 3, 2021, at her home in Knoxville, TN. Betty or “Kenzie” as she was affectionately known, was born December 29, 1933, in Chattanooga, TN to the late Paul and Ann McMahan. She was also predeceased by her brothers Paul and Harold McMahan. Betty was a member of Central Bearden of Knoxville and a former member of First Baptist Church of Athens.
Betty and her family moved to Athens TN her freshman year in high school in 1947 where she soon met her future husband, John C. McKenzie. She joined First Baptist Church that year and was an active member in many church activities including Sunday school and choir. After graduating from McMinn County High School in 1950 she attended Tennessee Wesleyan College before transferring to and graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1954. She and John married in 1954 and moved away to pursue John’s medical degree and subsequent training. They returned to Athens in 1965 where they remained until 2013. Betty was a devoted wife and mother who loved her family well.
Betty is survived by her loving husband, Dr. John, as well as her children – Wade (Mary Eleanor) McKenzie of Nashville, TN, Dave (Amy) McKenzie of Huntsville, AL, LeAnne (Stuart) Fowler of Huntsville, AL,and Sheryl Duley of Knoxville, TN, and eleven grandchildren – Rachael (Michael) Nusbaum ,Ann Randolph McKenzie, Megan (Larry) Miller, John David McKenzie, Mitchell McKenzie, Jennifer Fowler, Sarah Fowler, Ben Fowler, Logan Duley, Madison Duley, and Kaitlyn Duley as well as two precious great grandchildren – Callie and Landon Miller. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Joyce McMahan of Chattanooga and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A visitation will be held Thursday, May 6, from 12:30pm to 2:00pm in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Athens, with a service to follow at 2:30pm, Rev. Mark Moreland officiating. Masks are recommended but not required. A grave site service will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm
    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm
    First Baptist Church of Athens
    305 Ingleside Avenue
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Service

    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 | 2:30pm
    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 2:30pm
    First Baptist Church of Athens
    305 Ingleside Avenue
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Interment

    Cedar Grove Cemetery
    Hill Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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    Immediately following the service at the funeral home.


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Donna Boitnott

Posted at 07:21pm
To the family of Betty McKenzie: My prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. I remember Betty, from many years when I gave Sheryl (I believe) flute lessons, as a wonderful, bright, kind and interesting person. I was glad to have known her. May God be with you.
Donna Boitnott

Sheryl Duley Posted at 01:20pm

Thank you Ms. Boitnott! We appreciate your kind note about Kenzie. And yes, I was the one you taught lessons - I still love to play! Fondly, Sheryl McKenzie Duley

Posted at 06:58am
This poem always meant a lot to me whenever faced with such a devastating loss. Betty Ann was a special person and will always be remembered lovingly.

Carl and Judy McMahan

Do Not Stand By My Grave And Weep
By Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there;
I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

debbie monroe

Posted at 11:45am
I was so sorry the hear about Betty. I worked for Dr. McKenzie for many years and we would see Betty at the office. She was always so kind and so helpful to me. I have so many fond memories of her. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Monroe

Max and Juanita Scarbrough

Posted at 06:15pm
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

James Benton

Posted at 04:12am
So sorry Doc for the loss you and your family are going thru at this time.
Our prayers are with you.Jim & Sharon Benton and the entire Benton Family.

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