Forest Sherwood McKenzie

  • Born: October 26, 1936
  • Died: October 6, 2020
  • Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel

232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Forest Sherwood McKenzie, 83, passed away peacefully after a long illness on October 6, 2020. He was born on October 26, 1936 in Dillon, SC to the late John Grady McKenzie and Lucille Coleman McKenzie. He was preceded in death by his son, Woody McKenzie; his sister, Faye Arnette and her husband Eddie; his sister-in-law, JoAnne McKenzie, brother-in-law David Tyndall and brother-in-law Neil Carmichael.

Sherwood is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Doris Gray McKenzie; his children: Andy McKenzie (Kelly) of Johns Island, SC and Craig McKenzie of Murrells Inlet, SC. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Hunter McKenzie of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and Courtney Oliver (Ethan) of Bluffton, SC; and his brothers and sisters, Maxine Tyndall, Christine Carmichael, Jim McKenzie, Dick McKenzie (Kay) and Dr. Michael McKenzie (Estelle.)

Sherwood enjoyed a long and successful career as President of PYA/Monarch in Columbia, SC. He was known as a firm boss who had great respect and love for his employees.

He was a tremendous supporter of local charities and one of his proudest achievements was helping found the Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia, SC. Upon his retirement in 1998, Sherwood was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by then Governor David Beasley for his many civic accomplishments.

Sherwood was also an outdoorsman and loved to fish. He often reminisced about the many family trips to Lake Okeechobee. He was also a long time supporter of the Gamecock Club and the Carolina Children's Home.

Sherwood will be remembered for his kindness and generosity, always stepping in to help someone in need. His sense of humor and love of life will not be forgotten.

Due to COVID, no funeral will be held at this time. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Harvest Hope Food Bank, 2220 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201 or by visiting

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Condolence & Memory Journal

What an inspiration he was! He was a Teddy Bear at heart. I so admired him. He gave me a chance at a career that not very many women had ever been in. RIP Sir. You will be missed.

Posted by Tammy Pierce - Friend   October 14, 2020

Speaking collectively, we were each saddened to learn of Sherwood's recent death and wish to add our condolences to Doris, Andy, Craig and each member of their families. Doris's mother, Effie Jane McLean Gray, was a sister of our mother, Virginia McLean Glenn. The Gray siblings - Doris, James & Charles - were an important part of our McLean family experiences. We treasure our visits to the McLean & Gray farms thru the years - especially so since we grew up in Charlotte NC.
We came to know Sherwood through his relationship and marriage of many years to Doris and quickly came to accept him as part of the family. We each remember him as a loving & devoted husband to Doris, as a caring & attentive father to their 3 sons, and as a fixture at extended family gatherings, meals and visits. We also knew him as an occasional, avid hunting companion of the McLean, Gray, & Glenn bird hunters. Sherwood was always interested in who we were as individuals and what we were doing in our lives. We especially remember him for his sense of humor, often joking & smiling - a bit of a tease at times, but always one that was caring, fun, & appropriate. Sherwood would occasionally tease his mother-in-law, his "Miss Effie", but always in a loving & respectful way. He was always a gentleman.
Over time, the older generation of McLeans, Grays, & Glenns passed on; our visits to the farm, and their even rarer visits to Charlotte declined as did our personal relationships & connections. All of us had lives and families of our own that took precedence. Regrettably, that era has now come & gone, and we are each left with just our memories. Any opportunity to gather and mourn, to reminisce, to reconnect, to greet, is now lost due to circumstances - a pandemic - beyond our control. Our thoughts are with you as you celebrate & reflect on Sherwood's unique life and all that he meant to each of us. We wish you healing & love.
Anne Glenn Anderson, Jane Glenn Faircloth, & Robert McLean Glenn

Posted by Robert Glenn - Asheville, NC - Family   October 12, 2020

My love and prayers go out to Doris and family. Sherwood always opened his home with love whenever the New York crew decided to visit! He was a true Southern gentleman!

Love, Carol and Aunt Mary Olivadese

Posted by Carol Green - Marcy, NY - Family   October 10, 2020

my sincerest condolences to the was my pleasure
to work with sherwood as my bossman...i am sorry he was unable
to mingle with the employees in his later years... he will be missed!!!
hope doris has improved on her golf.....please stay strong and safe,
i am robert herring

Posted by robert herring (bob) - Friend   October 09, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Sherwoods passing. He was always so kind to me and my memories are many. May he Rest In Peace!! Praying for the family's comfort! ❤❤

Posted by Brenda Branch - Raeford, NC - Friend   October 09, 2020

My condolences to the McKenzie family. Mr. McKenzie was a great leader. He was hard on us at times but he really made PYA/Monarch a place we all were proud to be employed. He will never be forgotten.

Posted by Tim Thompson - West Columbia, SC - Coworker   October 08, 2020

Prayers and love to you, Doris, Andy, Craig and the rest of the family. We will definitely miss Uncle Sherwood, as we miss you all. Family is all we have.

Posted by Rebecca Gray-Carr - Four Oaks, NC - Family   October 08, 2020

So sorry to read of Sherwood's passing. I knew him as a firm but fair individual. I thoroughly enjoyed knowing and working with him for many years. Our prayers are with Doris and family during this difficult time.

Vic & Melinda Greene

Posted by Vic Greene - Chapin, SC - Coworker   October 08, 2020

Thoughts and prayers are with the McKenzie family during this difficult time.

Posted by Doris Tobin - Cary, NC - Acquaintance   October 08, 2020

Doris, I am truly sorry to hear about Sherwood. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys. Please call me when you have time. 8034017181

Posted by Joyce Crosby - Friend   October 08, 2020

Sending my deepest sympathy to the McKenzie family. I had the honor to know and work for Sherwood for years. Truly he was a great leader that impacted and influenced the lives of many in a positive way. His firm and fair leadership paved many roads of success for the company and the employees of PYA/Monarch and USF. With the fondest of memories and forever great full I will remember him always. My prayers remain with the McKenzie family.
Rick Barrett

Posted by Rick Barrett - Meggett, SC - Coworker   October 08, 2020

What a giant of a man Mr. McKenzie was in the foodservice industry. He had such a strong presence and also a huge heart . He gave me a chance in the business and I will forever be grateful. He had a tough exterior but a wonderful kindness. I do remember times when he would "chew" you out for good reason but also before you left his presence he encouraged you. Again he was a giant and will be missed greatly. Prayers for the McKenzie family. Al Deal

Posted by Al Deal - West Columbia, SC - Coworker   October 07, 2020

Andy and Craig and Family,
I can't even begin to tell you all of the good things I thought and felt about your Dad. In my all time Hall of Fame for people who influenced my life he is definitely in the top five. I will never forget him and all he did for me. Know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care

Posted by Stewart Bond - Irmo, SC - Friend   October 07, 2020

I was saddened to hear of Sherwood's death. His wife Doris and I went through 12 years of school together, and I met the love of her life, Sherwood . Sherwood was a fine man and an avid reader. I always admired his determination to do well in life ,which he did, and the love and goodness he shared with his family. He loved people and I know he will be missed by many. My love and sympathy to you Doris, and of course to each of yours and Sherwood's family.

Posted by Nancy Bridgers - Laurinburg,, NC - friend   October 07, 2020

I am praying for the Mckenzie family. MR Mckenzie was a great leader that was responsible for many people doing well in the food industry.

Posted by Tom Lavelle - SAVANNAH, GA - Coworker   October 07, 2020

Hope you and your family are well. I remember you speaking of your father many times.

Posted by Bill Carter    October 07, 2020

So sorry to hear about Sherwood. I worked at PYA/Monarch and USF for thirty years and share many memories of Sherwood. Prayers for the family.

Posted by Ruth Lesley - Anderson, SC - Coworker   October 07, 2020

To the McKenzie Family
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I work for Sherwood for many years and appreciated everything he did for me. May God bless your family.

Posted by Steve Russell - Columbia, SC - Coworker   October 07, 2020

So sorry to hear of Sherwood's passing. It was a pleasure to work with him. Praying for comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by Linda Rabon - Lexington, SC - Coworker   October 06, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends Of Sherwood. He is a great man and wall ways to be remembered.

Posted by Brenda & Steve Lail Lail - Lexington, SC - Coworker   October 06, 2020

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