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Forest Sherwood McKenzie

Forest Sherwood McKenzie
  • October 26, 1936 - October 6, 2020
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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“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...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Tammy Pierce - Friend

“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...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Robert Glenn - Asheville, NC

“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...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Carol Green - Marcy, NY - Family

“my sincerest condolences to the was my pleasureto work with sherwood as my bossman...i am sorry he was unableto mingle with the...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: robert herring (bob) - Friend

“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...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Brenda Branch - Raeford, NC

“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...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Tim Thompson - West Columbia, SC

“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...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Rebecca Gray-Carr - Four Oaks, NC

“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....Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Vic Greene - Chapin, SC

“Thoughts and prayers are with the McKenzie family during this difficult time. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Doris Tobin - Cary, NC

“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 ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: Joyce Crosby - Friend

“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...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Rick Barrett - Meggett, SC

“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...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Al Deal - West Columbia, SC

“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...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Stewart Bond - Irmo, SC - Friend

“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 ....Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy Bridgers - Laurinburg,, NC

“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. ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Tom Lavelle - SAVANNAH, GA

“Andy,Hope you and your family are well. I remember you speaking of your father many times. ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Bill Carter

“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. ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Ruth Lesley - Anderson, SC

“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...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Steve Russell - Columbia, SC

“So sorry to hear of Sherwood's passing. It was a pleasure to work with him. Praying for comfort during this difficult time. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Rabon - Lexington, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends Of Sherwood. He is a great man and wall ways to be remembered. ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Brenda & Steve Lail Lail - SC

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.