Frances Sims McKenzie
March 16, 1941 – February 1, 2019
NORTHPORT -- Frances Sims McKenzie, age 77, of Northport, Ala., went home to her Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, February 1, 2019. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at Sunset Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Silvey officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park with Sunset Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be held Monday, February 4, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Robert H. McKenzie, her daughters Elizabeth Renicks (Marshall) of Coaling, Ala., and Cindy Silvey (Danny) of Kingsport, Tenn., and son, Daniel McKenzie (DeAnne) of Johnson City, Tenn; seven grandchildren, Kate Silvey, Nathan Silvey, Clayton McKenzie, Will Renicks, Carter McKenzie, Jackson Renicks, and Davis McKenzie; nieces, nephews and many friends. Frances McKenzie was born March 16, 1941, in Fayette, Ala. She graduated from Florence State College, where she met her husband Bob, and shortly after her graduation in 1961 began an elementary school teaching career that spanned many decades. She retired from Tuscaloosa Academy after 16 years on the faculty. Locally she was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church and Grace Church and St. Mark United Methodist Church. She led Bible studies and taught Sunday School for many decades. She was involved in Community Bible Study and many local ministries during her lifetime. She was especially fond of ministry to international students and has friends around the globe who will miss her. Her family was always at the forefront of her mind, and she loved them abundantly.Most of all she was characterized by her deep love of Jesus and expressing His love to everyone she encountered. Pallbearers will be her six grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Regina Harrell, Dr. Dmitry Zak and staff of the Cancer Care Center of Tuscaloosa, staff and caregivers at DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion and at Forest Manor Rehabilitation Pavilion.
- Family Will Receive Friends Monday, February 4, 2019
- Life Celebration Service Tuesday, February 5, 2019
- Interment Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Frances Sims McKenzie
February 3, 2019
Starting in 1955 I spent every spring break, summer, Thanksgiving and Christmas break with aunt Frances, Mother & Daddy Sims at their house in Fayette County until 1961. Being the boy I was, I aggravated Aunt Frances, who was 7 and one half years older than me, as much as a younger brother would. I would get up early each morning with Mother & Daddy Sims to help build the fire in the old wood stove and to help Mother Sims roll and cut the biscuits. Usually Aunt Frances got to sleep a little later than us and that would make me angry, so one very cold morning in my boyhood meanness, I jerked the cover sheets off the bed onto the floor and made Aunt Frances very angry. She jumped out of bed and chased me all over the house trying to whip me but I was much quicker than her and teased her that she couldn't catch me. I was always getting Aunt Frances angry with me with my mischief and especially in the summertime she would start after me and I would run down the hall, out the front screen door to the gravel drive, because my feet were so calloused from going barefoot all summer that I could run over the gravels but poor Aunt Frances couldn't stand the pain. I would be laughing at her all the time she was running over the gravel. After all I put her through during those years, she stilled loved me. What a blessing that was to me. Aunt Frances was the older sister I never had. Love you Ken.