Attorney’s memory honored in naming county boardroom
By Rupert Howell
Panola Supervisors began their Batesville meeting Monday memorializing their late attorney, Bill McKenzie, by naming board rooms in Batesville and Sardis Courthouses in his honor.
McKenzie’s family attended the brief ceremony where it was noted that McKenzie was the longest serving board attorney during his life.
His widow, Marni, attributed his longevity in the position, from 1984 until the spring of 2017, to his remembering his position.
She explained that he knew he was not an elected supervisor but served at the will and pleasure of that board. His job was to advise supervisors of legal matters and offer his opinion when needed.
Board members agreed that the long-time attorney would definitely speak when he thought it was needed to keep supervisors in line, drawing a chuckle for family and visitors to Monday’s board meeting.
A plaque is on each door to board rooms and Mrs. McKenzie was given a framed copy of the board order along with a the most recent board photograph.
“It was the last picture taken of him,” she said.