On Wednesday, May 3, 2023, an Angel came down from Heaven to take McKenzie “Mac” Bolden home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Mac was the son of the late Henry and Estelle Thomas Bolden. Mac is preceded in death by his brothers, Willie Bolden and Timothy Bolden; sister-in-law, Lafaurn Bolden; special cousin, James D. Bolden; and grandson, Joseph K. Cooper.
Mac was born and raised in Newport News, VA where he attended George Washington Carver High School and graduated in 1962. After graduating from high school, he pursued a career with the Newport News Shipbuilding and attended The Apprentice School. Mac graduated from The Apprentice School in 1970. While at the Newport News Shipbuilding, he was promoted to Electrician Supervisor where he worked with some hard working people which made his job enjoyable. After working in the electrical department for several years, Mac was promoted to Production Controller and worked in that department until his retirement in 2012. He retired from the Newport News Shipbuilding after 50 years of service.
Mac served as President of the G. W. Carver Class of 1962 Committee. In addition, he was a member of the G. W. Carver Alumni Association. He also was active in The Apprentice School Alumni where he served on the Executive Board. Mac loved all of the organizations that he was a part of. He loved serving on various committees and participated in various events that each organization would host.
Family was very important to Mac. He was a strong provider to and for his family. Mac was an inspiration and positive role model for his grandsons as he paved the way for them to become men. Mac had an intellect like no other which he shared with his daughters and grandsons. He knew something about everything and was always eager to share his knowledge. Mac was good with his hands and could fix just about anything. He was very organized and meticulous with whatever he put his mind to as he always wanted things to be in order. Anyone who knew Mac, knew that he was a perfectionist. There was no project too difficult for him to complete. If he didn’t know how to fix something, he would research it.
Mac had a love for the westerns, cars, ships, educational programs, sports and anything electrical. He also had a love for the Shipyard as he often shared stories about his experiences and the lifelong connections that he made. Mac had a stern personality but a warm heart.
Mac will be greatly missed by his loved ones but he will always be loved.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 59 years, Audrey; daughters; Tiffany Bolden and Candace Bolden; grandsons; Kerry McKenzie Paige and Caleb Beard; special nephew, Willie Bolden, Jr.; special cousin Josie Tidwell; extended family; sister, Vergie McLaurin; Joseph and Petra Cooper; grandchildren, Chloe and Josiah Cooper as well as a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and friends.
It is the desire of the Bolden family that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
The family of Mr. McKenzie Bolden has entrusted his final care to C. C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc.
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