Richardson Bricken McKenzie, Jr.

Published 10:49 am Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Richardson Bricken McKenzie, Jr. passed away at his home in Montgomery, AL on September 8, 2013. Dick was born in Selma, AL on May 30, 1928 to Ruby Porter McKenzie and Richardson Bricken McKenzie.

Following graduation from Parrish High School in 1946, Dick attended the University of Alabama, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, ODK, Jason’s and Alpha Kappa Psi. He played basketball for the University of Alabama and was Co-Captain of the team from 1949-1950. After graduation, Dick worked in his family wholesale grocery business, Stewart, King & McKenzie, in Selma, AL.

An active community member, Dick was on the Boards of Directors of the local Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, First Alabama Bank and the Selma Medical Center. He was Chairman of the Selma City School Board, the United Way, and of the Executive Board of the Paul Grist YMCA. Dick also served on the Board of NAWGA and was President of the Alabama Wholesale Grocer’s Association. He was active as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church in both Selma and Fairhope, where he lived for almost 20 years.

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Dick was preceded in death by his wife Mary George, his parents Ruby Porter McKenzie and Richardson Bricken McKenzie, and his brother William Stewart McKenzie. Dick is survived by his wife of thirty one years, Rosemary Melton McKenzie, his sister, Jean McKenzie Oast (Ed), his four children, Richardson B. McKenzie, III (Dabney), Melissa McKenzie (Terri), Rena McKenzie Kimball (Eric) and John David McKenzie (Angela), and his stepsons Dean Evans Bouchillon, Joel Melton Bouchillon (Stacey), and Neil Reeves Bouchillon. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family requests that any memorial donations be made to Hospice of Montgomery or the First United Methodist Church of Montgomery. A family graveside service will take place in Selma later in the fall.