Charles “Tommy” McKenzie, age 82, died on September 30, 2021. 

A public memorial service will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday October 3rd at First Baptist Church in Carthage, conducted by the Rev. Brian Murphy. 

Born in Moore County, he was the son of Rassie Burton and Irene Morrison McKenzie. He was a graduate of Farm Life High School and Presbyterian Jr. College in Maxton, N.C. He was awarded a scholarship to play baseball at P.J.C. for 2 years. 

He worked at the Moore County News with Bob Ewing and Woodrow Wilhoit for a short time.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 31 years and retired as Postmaster in 1992 due to health reasons. 

After retiring from the Postal Service he worked for Carolina Eye as a van driver for 7 years. 

Tommy served on several church Committees: Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, trustee and Pastor Search Committee. He served as a Carthage Town Board member for 10 years. 

Tommy enjoyed family, children, and working in the yard. He was a people person, who loved talking with people, if not in person, on the phone. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Bunnell. 

He is survived by his wife of 62 years: Mary Worthy McKenzie of Carthage; daughters: Tammy McKenzie Harward and husband Wes of Asheville, Robin McKenzie Briggs and husband Gary of Vass; son: Chris Mckenzie and wife Allison of Whispering Pines; grandchildren: Kyle Harward, Hannah Harward, Gavin Briggs, Avery McKenzie and Kendall McKenzie; many other family members and friends. 

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carthage First Baptist Church P.O. Box 824 Carthage, NC 28327. 

Online condolences may be offered at 

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the McKenzie family. 



Memorial Service: October 3, 2021 4:00 pm

First Baptist Church of Carthage
108 McNeill Street
Carthage, NC 28327


View current weather.

Tribute Video

Memories Timeline


  1. Prayers for the family of Tommy McKenzie. Tommy was a kind and friendly Christian Gentleman. He touched many lives.

  2. Worthy and family, Our most sincere sympathy. Tommy will surely be missed. We have been neighbors for 53 years and it was always so good to hear him on his lawn mower. His yard was so neat and clean. Our children played together and Arles worked with him and the post office. He was a great boss and friend. He would always listen and was a friend indeed. He was the best. Arles and Bradie Taylor Carthage NC

  3. Mary Worthy, Tom and I are so sad to hear about Tommy. I really miss our little chats at the P.O. He was such a kind and thoughtful person. God bless you and your family. Jean and Tom Brady

  4. We appreciate very much friendship and sharing many experiences with Tommy and Worthy McKenzie. We thank God for their devotion to Christian service with the church and also service to our community as citizens. Our prayers are with all the family at this time and pray that God will bless and sustain you throughout this time and on into the future.

  5. Worthy, my thoughts and prayers are with you. It was always a delight to see and talk to you and Tommy at the NAPUS gatherings. He will be missed by many people.

  6. Sympathy to the McKenzie family. Sad to learn of Tommy’s death. He always had a smile and time greet all he met. Prayers for peace and comfort for all.

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook