Joshua Thomas McKenzie, 22, of Leachville and Murfreesboro died Friday, July 2, 2010, in Murfreesboro. Josh was born Aug. 18, 1987, in Jonesboro to Mitchell Thomas and Sheila Tipton McKenzie. He was a graduate of Henry County High School. He was an electrician but devoted most of his time to his true love, music. He was a songwriter and musician. Josh was an extraordinary guy with a free-spirit, laid back quality in his music and his personality. He breathed through his music and his music through him, letting his audience feel relaxed while they listened and received what the lyrics have to offer. He will be missed by all that knew him, but part of him will live on through his music, may it touch other's lives as he did when he was among us.
He is survived by his loving parents, Mitch and Sheila McKenzie of Leachville; one devoted brother, Cody McKenzie of Leachville; maternal grandparents, Marvin and Mildred Tipton of Trumann; paternal grandparents, Donald and Elwonda McKenzie of Trumann; aunt, Beth and Roger Josam of Jonesboro; uncle, Gentry Tipton of Trumann. A host of other relatives and dear friends mourn his passing.
The family will receive friends at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at People of Praise UPC, 106 Tenth Street, Leachville. Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. at the church with Bishop Jerry Johnson and Pastor Don Johnson officiating. Additional services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday July 9, at the Henry County Tabernacle of Praise, 8630 Reynoldsburg Road, Paris, Tenn., with Rev. Dwight Turner officiating. Interment will be in the Henry County Tabernacle Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service, 401 W. Main St. Walnut Ridge. Online guest registry is available at www.higginbothamfuneralservice.com.