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Gary Wayne McKenzie, age 74

Gary Wayne McKenzie, age 74, of North Little Rock, passed away at St. Vincent North on January 14, 2024.  He was born in Little Rock, AR on October 4, 1949,to W. T. McKenzie and Lucy Akin McKenzie Lowry.

Gary was a lifetime member and commander at Rose City VFW Post 10442.  He was also a lifetime member of the DAV, American Legion, and Military Order of the Purple Heart.  He served his country in the Army 1st Cavalry Division during the Vietnam war.

Gary liked fishing, hunting, and camping – or anything to do with being outdoors.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, brother Danny McKenzie, and sister Debbie McKenzie McAlister.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda McKenzie; aunt Ketha Carter; siblings Alice Klapp, Frank McKenzie, Cynthia Schweiger, Michele Noel, Rebecca McKenzie, Shawn McKenzie, and Jackie Macaro; and many special cousins, numerous nieces and nephews; as well as many friends.

Gary’s family and friends would like to thank the staff at St. Vincent North and the staff at Arkansas Hospice for the care they gave him during his final fight with cancer.

A family-hosted memorial service will be held at the Rose City VFW 10442, 6101 Hwy 70, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118 on Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 1:00PM.

There will be a a family hosted graveside service with full Military honors at Arkansas Veterans Cemetery, 1501 W. Maryland Avenue, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72120 on March 18, 2024 at 1:00PM.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in his honor to the VFW, The Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home, or The Friendly Chapel Church Of The Nazarene located at 116 South Pine Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas, 72114.

Cremation arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service & Crematory, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.



  • Glenda Cranford Posted January 16, 2024 4:59 PM

    Love and prayers to all who love him.

  • Tammy Holloway Posted January 16, 2024 5:17 PM

    I am so sorry momma Linda, I really fill bad now cause I never made it by to see y’all. I will make a point to see you as soon as I heal from this knee replacement. Love ya mom, yall were there when I needed yall during my bad years growing up. Thank you love ya

  • TONI BAKER Posted January 16, 2024 5:30 PM

    Linda, so sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. Praying that Gods you the strength for all your having to bear. Just remember he is always there for us.

  • Sandi Webb Posted January 16, 2024 6:10 PM

    Linda my thoughts and prayers are with you my friend.

  • Nancy Smith and Joe Smith Posted January 16, 2024 6:31 PM

    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Our condolences to you and all family members.

  • Gena Norris Posted January 16, 2024 8:27 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I’m always impressed by a couple who are married for 50 years. Please let us know about his service. I would like to be there for you and to honor his military service. Sending love to you and your family.

  • Beverly Hood Posted January 16, 2024 8:40 PM

    Sorry for the loss of a family while at the Baptist Home and for your service in Vietnam. Truly missed

  • Janet Eberle-Wilkins Posted January 16, 2024 9:45 PM

    Linda, my heart breaks for you and your family. I am so very sorry your lost your husband. I am praying for all of you. I love you.

  • Judy Cranford McKinney Posted January 17, 2024 12:06 AM

    A great man!! Asking for blessings from above for his most special wife, Linda

  • James McGowan Posted January 17, 2024 9:02 AM

    Slow hand salute Gary. Thank you for a lifetime of service. First Cav was bad to the bone. Hooah

  • Scott and Michelle Butler Posted January 17, 2024 11:44 AM

    Gary, you truly were one of a kind. I never saw you unhappy, always with a smile on your face. Our VFW post 10442 in Rose City will miss you dearly. Til we meet again my friend.

  • Pat White Posted January 17, 2024 11:55 AM

    Linda, so very sorry for your loss. Praying God gives ypu peace.

  • Bob Redd Posted January 17, 2024 2:24 PM

    Stand easy Army. Tours over Job well done !

  • Kay Posted January 17, 2024 3:47 PM

    You will always be a very special friend! You will always be in my heart! Say hello to coconut!!

  • Patricia Posted January 17, 2024 5:20 PM

    Gary, thank you for your service and dedication throughout your Life. You will be missed.
    Linda, I was so sad to hear from you that Gary had passed away. You are in my heart, my prayers and know that I think of you and ask God for guidance for you, His Love to help you through this time of sorrow and loss. I loved hearing your stories of Gary and you. Please know that I am here for you….. Love you Dear. Patricia

  • Claudette Greenwich Green Posted January 28, 2024 6:41 PM

    So sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and those who love him. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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