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Scott McKenzie, 53, worked as an educator and caregiver in private and public sectors

Scott McKenzie

WINSTON-SALEM — Scott McKenzie, 53, a former resident of Wilmington, was found deceased Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at his home. He passed away unexpectedly, though naturally and peacefully. Scott was born June 6, 1967, in Asheville.

Scott graduated with the class of 1986 from Asheville High School. He received a B.A. Degree in Economics in 1996, and Teacher Certification in Social Studies 9-12 in 2003, from University of North Carolina Asheville. He completed his education of an M.A. Degree in Public History with honors at Western Carolina University in 2006.

Scott was proud to have curated an online collection of photographs taken by his grandfather, William Mungo, and postcards he gathered during his tour of duty from Hawaii to the Philippines within the years of 1939 and 1940. Images show the local landscape, the indigenous peoples of the islands, and the 31st U.S Infantry, Company H. Also included are images of some undated photographs of the Mungo’s family. The collection is held as the William Patrick Mungo Photographic Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina Asheville.

His work included positions serving as an educator and caregiver in the private and public sector, focused on incorporating community-based and therapeutic activities to assist individuals, including at-risk youth, adolescents and adults with complex mental health diagnoses and/or
limited developmental abilities. His work with this special population allowed individuals in his care to experience maximum independence while maintaining optimal health with enhanced opportunity to flourish within the community.

Scott was preceded in death by his father, Guy Thomas McKenzie, and their beloved Boxer dog, Sassy; paternal grandparents, Guy Troxell and Dulcie Lee Hill McKenzie; and maternal grandparents, William Patrick and Mabel Lewis Mungo.

He is survived by his mother, Carolyn Pinkston; wife of 20 years, Christina Crews McKenzie; aunt, Jackie Mungo; uncle, Mike Mungo (Linda); and many cousins and friends.

The family will gather to celebrate Scott’s life at a future date.

Memorial donations may be offered in his honor to Carolina Boxer Rescue, P.O. Box 87, Hampstead NC 28443, or online via

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