Mattie Foster McKenzie –

Mattie Foster McKenzie was born on October 15, 1936, to Ernest and Georgia Foster in Tifton, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ernest Foster, Jr; two sisters, Annie R Collins and Odessa F Hurt; husband of 51 years, Mr. Charles E McKenzie.

Mattie graduated from Ballard-Hudson High School in Macon, GA. She was a 1958 graduate of Talladega College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and was inducted into the Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She earned a library certification, UTK 1972, and earned a master’s degree in education in administration and supervision. , UTC 1974. She taught briefly in the Bibb County, Georgia (Macon, GA) school system before moving with her family to Chattanooga. She had a long career as a teacher, librarian, library supervisor, and retired from Chattanooga, Hamilton County Schools as an instructional media services supervisor. She was honored as a gold graduate and received a gold diploma from Talladega in 2008. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Chattanooga, TN.

Many affiliations included Lifetime Membership, Pearl Soror-Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, American Library Association, NEA/TEA/CHCRT, NAACP Lifetime Membership, Washington Hills Neighborhood Association, and The Sophisticates Bridge Club . She was honored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority African American Hall of Fame. She was also honored as a Southeastern Legend Soror in Knoxville, TN – February 2020.

His survivors include his beloved daughter, Carol A McKenzie; brother, Henry E. Foster of Dallas, TX; other family members include brother-in-law, William D Hurt, sisters-in-law, Annie R Armour, Mary E. Lewis and Lou E. Foster. “Adopted Children,” John Nolan, Terrell and Jermaine Borders; nephews, Anthony, Ronald and Andra Taylor, James, Alvin and William Massengill; William McCleskey, Freddie Armour, Eric Lewis, Stanley, Tony and Vincent McKenzie, Mark and Alvis Collins; nieces, Janice King, Carlette McKenzie, Sharon Scaife. and Alicesa Foster; other members of the family circle include Dorothy McKenzie, Eric (Celeste) McKenzie, Shavonne Holt, Ronald Taylor, Jr., Terry McKenzie, Carlisha McKenzie, Barbara Shepherd, Jacqueline M Heathington, Evelyn Shropshire Jewell Cousin, MaryJo Gilbert, Grady, and Christine Hicks , Fred and Cheryl McCray, Edward and Atheria Freeman, Audra Ingram, Gary and Terryl James, Gwendolyn and Daphne Moore, D’Wanna Young Mann, Terry and Jennifer Woods and Marilyn B. Brown; many extended family members residing in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Virginia, Georgia, Arizona and California.

Public viewing will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, August 5 at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 6 at John P Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 423-622-9995.

Interment will be at Hamilton Memorial Gardens, Route 153 North.

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