Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

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Mrs. Claire Creel McKenzie

November 30, 1927May 25, 2020

COLUMBIA - Virginia Claire Creel McKenzie died on Monday, May 25, 2020, surrounded by her family, after a long journey with Alzheimer’s dementia. Born November 30,1927 in Johnsonville, SC, she was the first daughter of the late Willie Clarence and Eunice Venters Creel. After receiving her diploma from Johnsonville schools, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Coker College in 1948. After marrying her lifelong sweetheart, Charles Middleton McKenzie, of Lake City, SC in 1949, she taught in Lake City schools and later at Wardlaw Junior High in Columbia, SC. She sang in the adult sanctuary choir at Park Street Baptist Church for over 65 years, served as a junior high Sunday School teacher, and taught the senior adult ladies’ Sunday School class in her later years. She was a loving and devoted mother and wife and a faithful servant of Jesus Christ.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was predeceased by five brothers, Willie Clarence Creel, Robert Clifton Creel, Warren Hugh Creel, David Venters Creel, and James Nevin Creel, and her sister, Harriet Ann Creel Carraway. She is survived by a son, Dr. Charles “Mike” Middleton McKenzie, Jr., and his wife, Rebecca McPhail McKenzie, of Columbia, SC; a daughter, Kay McKenzie Holder, and her husband, Mike, of Brevard, NC; and a daughter, Carla McKenzie Stegall, and her husband, Chris, of Columbia, SC; seven grandchildren—Hunter, Katie, and Sally McKenzie; Ashleigh Holder; and Mitchell, Elliot, and Meredith Stegall, and many nieces and nephews.

The family wants to express gratitude to the compassionate and loving staff and caregivers of Carroll Campbell Place in Lexington, SC. In celebration of her life and legacy, a private, graveside service will take place with family. Memorials may be made to Johnsonville United Methodist Church (PO Box 449, Johnsonville, SC 29555) or the charity of one’s choice.

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Mrs. Claire Creel McKenzie

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Staff at Carroll Campbell

May 29, 2020

Our prayers are with you all. ..

Lisa McManus

May 29, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God bless each of you. We will miss our sweet Claire Bell dearly.

Elaine Mayfield

May 29, 2020

I was fortunate to have been in Mrs. McKenzie's English class at Wardlaw. I have never forgotten her and wish I had known that she and her husband had remained in Columbia all this time. May God bless you all.

PAULETTE Rowell Rickenbaker

May 28, 2020

Precious, sweet spirited Claire has finally found her love, Charles.

Sandy Breazeale

May 27, 2020

I did not know this special lady personally, but appreciate her for the beautiful family which she created who so greatly bless our world!

Alan Stegall

May 27, 2020

Mrs. McKenzie was so sweet and hospitable at our shared Thanksgivings with her family and the Stegalls. My parents loved her and Charles so much. She was always upbeat, always positive and always encouraging. I truly enjoyed knowing her. Her family is the best! You are in my prayers as you "grieve as those with hope" of seeing your mother and grandmother and mother-in-law again.

Rebecca Chastain Jackson

May 26, 2020

Dear Mike, Kay, and Carla,
I have such fond memories of the time we spent growing up on Exmoor Road -playing cards on your front porch, catching fireflies at night and meeting in the evenings in Lib and Uncle Bill Adam's driveway just to visit. Your Mom and Dad were such a vital part of that fun experience. Losing a parent is never easy but your Mom and her loving spirit touched so many lives. I know that spirit lives on in each of you. While our paths have not crossed in many years, please accept my deepest condolences in the loss of your sweet Mom. What a glorious reunion she is enjoying right now.