Daniel W. McKenzie, son of the late Daniel Leroy McKenzie and Shirley Ann Mosley-McKenzie, was born June 30, 1968 in Baltimore, Maryland. He departed this life on February 9, 2021.
Daniel received his education in Baltimore City School, Woodlawn High. Daniel was an outstanding Baltimore City Employee and was honored twice at a luncheon by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in 2013. (10/86 - Heavy Equipment, 87-89 - South Carolina State Employee, 04/94 - Tractor Trailer School , 2004 – Longshoreman as a Heavy Equipment Operator and driver of the 5th wheel truck at the rail head. Daniel later joined the Moorish Science American, where he completed his studies.
Daniel was popular and loved in his community, as well as a mentor to the young men and women in the neighborhood.
Daniel met Cynthia Alston in 1998 and they were married on October 25, 1999. Daniel Cherished his wife every time he got a chance, he tells the story of how they met and he swept her off of her feet. He made it known that he was her knight in shining Armour.
Daniel joined the Liberty Grace Church of God in 1999, under the leadership of the late Rev. Eunice M. King, Pastor and Rev. Terris A. King, Co-Pastor.
Daniel and Cynthia became proud god parents to Ahlexis Cowans (The Fat Doctor) in December of 2000, who they loved so much. In 2007 Daniel reunited with his estranged niece (Leslie McKenzie) and nephew (Curtis McKenzie) where he and Cynthia took them in and raised them into their adult years. Daniel was so fulfilled and cherished them like they were his own.
Daniel loved fishing and spending time with his nephews, especially his nephew Samuel Thomas. After every fishing outing, he would be so proud that he caught the biggest fish. He cherished all of his cars and made to it that he rode around the city blasting some of his favorite songs.
He was a music lover, from the age of 8 years old, he loved for his niece Jessica Gooden (His Woodie) to sing “How did you get Here” by singer Deborah Cox.
Daniel was a pet lover; he cherished his cat Fe Fe (Sheble) McKenzie. He was a fashionista, He loved to dress in the hottest outfits, he especially loved his caps and when he went fishing, he would never forget to wear his lucky white fishing hat. Daniel would not start his morning without a cup of fresh hot coffee. He was the family comedian; he would walk into the room and flood the place with laughter. He made everyone laugh wherever he went. To know him was to absolutely love him. He was our family’s very own Martin Lawrence.
In 2015 he was reunited with his daughter Kiara Stokes; this made his heart so overwhelmed. He loved spending time with her and making up for lost times. She was his trophy; he was so proud to finally have her around and up until the day he left us you would not see one without the other.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, Cynthia Ann McKenzie, mother Shirley Ann McKenzie, Daughter Kiara Stokes, step children Thurman, Linnea and Tiffany Speight, Sister Gwendolyn Kenney, Sister Elsie Dixon, Brother Melvin Kenney, Brother Leroy McKenzie; eight grandchildren (one grandson preceded him in death, Kelvin Hite) and a host of other relative and friends.
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