Earl Clifford McKinzie, Jr.

July 11, 1943 - August 17, 2008

Earl Clifford McKinzie, Jr., age 65, of Plano, Texas, passed away August 17, 2008, in Frisco, Texas. Earl was born July 11, 1943, in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Earl Clifford and Geraldine (Holeman) McKinzie, Sr. He graduated from Beaumont High School in 1961 and attended Lamar University where he obtained a bachelor degree. Earl began his career at Dupont in 1963 and in 1966 went to IBM for five years. He retired from EDS after twenty-seven years where he led the Asian division in Hong Kong, China, and Thailand for five years as a managing director. He married Vinnie Law on Septemer 14, 1996 in Plano, Texas. Earl was passionate about people and was able to express that passion through coaching and leadership positions. He is survived by his wife, Vinnie Law McKinzie of Plano, Texas; daughters, Cheryl McKinzie of Tyler, Texas and Charlotte Singleton of Frisco, Texas; mother, Geraldine McKinzie of Tyler, Texas; brother, Wayne McKinzie also of Tyler, Texas; grandson, Garrett Singleton. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Clifford McKinzie, Sr. and sister, Charlotte Besson. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Tuesday evening.

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Vinnie I just wanted to say how saddened I was to hear about your loss. Please receive my deep and sincere condolences for you and your family and hope God gives you the strength to go through this difficult time. Sincerely Ricardo Castillo Fonterra Ricardo Javier Castillo, August 26, 2008 Cheryl, a verse found in Proverbs 3:5. States to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” My condolences to you and your family and I will keep you in my prayers. God Bless~ Louis M. Yanez IV, August 22, 2008 I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I pray that God will give you and your family comfort and peace in your time of sorrow. God bless you and keep you. Isabel Pena, August 21, 2008 Charlotte, Cheryl & Bon, I love you guys and really wish I could be there. Earl was larger than life and not just in stature. I know from the many times we've "held court" at the beach that his very presence filled the volume of any space. I also know it will leave an equally large void in your hearts. With time that void will fill with the stories and memories you all hold so dear. Much love, Kim Kim Graves, August 20, 2008 Sweet Vinnie and the McKinzie family, May beautiful memories of Earl give you stregnth at this difficult time. Vinnie, thoughts of you fill my heart and mind. Know that I care and I am here for you always. With deepest sympathy, Julie Julie Watkins, August 20, 2008 Cheryl, Please know you and your family are in my prayers. Just try and be strong, and if you ever need anything, I am here for you. Christina Maria Balderas, August 20, 2008 How heavy your heart must be ... I have no wisdom to share, just know that I am here if you need a shoulder... Tina Lynn Graham, August 20, 2008 Dear Vinnie and the McKinzie Family, I am deeply saddened by the news of Earl's passing away. Earl's passion for people,his dedication to his professional leadership , his caring and ultimate patience to give the best to customers and his sense of humor and being always there for his friends will always be remembered by all of us who had the honor of working with him at EDS Asia Pacific Region. With deepest sympathy and God Bless ! Ed Yang Edward V Yang, August 20, 2008 I am a good friend of Vinnie and Earl, but want to express my condolences to the rest of the family and let you know how much I thought of Earl. Vinnie invited me over for dinner one night, and that is the first time I met Earl, and he was definitely a character! He and I have a similar sense of humor, so we hit it off right from the start. Over the past year or so, we have all gone to the movies a lot, and Vinnie and Earl were nice enough to come to a lot of my softball games and cheer us on. Or should I say heckle me from the stands. Anyway, I really liked Earl and his unique personality. He will be greatly missed. Amy Hazell, August 20, 2008 Vinnie, I am sorry for the loss of your husband. May God bring you strength and comfort during this time of mourning. Please call if there is anything you need even if it’s a listening ear for comfort. I will be praying that God holds you so very close that you feel His peace. Kim Cheek, August 20, 2008 Dear Mckinzie family, We think of you often and wish we could be there with you. May The Good Lord comfort you in this time of loss. Al and Janet Richardson Beaumont, TX Al A. Richardson, August 19, 2008 Our memories of Earl always bring a smile and that is a good thing; Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rex & Alice Rex & Alice Reavis, August 19, 2008 Vinnie, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you mourn the loss of your husband. My heart goes out to you during this time. May you be sustained and comforted by wonderful memories. Terri Barrett, August 19, 2008 Our thoughts and prays are with you Vinnie and your family. If you need anything please let me know I am here for you as always. Laura Laura Lingelbach, August 19, 2008 Vinnie, I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. Mark Forder, EDS NZ, August 19, 2008 Dearest Vinnie, i was deeply shocked to hear this news. My heart goes out to your and your family at this difficult time. Your friends and colleagues at EDS New Zealand are thinking about you. Adele Sarah Kelly Cooper, August 19, 2008 Cheryl, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. LouAnn Sims, August 19, 2008 Loved ones pass on, but their memory lives in our hearts. May the love of friends give you comfort and may the love of God give you peace. Sunny Rios, August 19, 2008 Cheryl my prayers are with you and your family at this time. Rochelle Reddick, August 19, 2008 I am very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Your family is in my prayers. God Bless. Melody Dawn Gregg, August 19, 2008 We would like to send you our condolences on the loss of Earl. Both of you will always have a special place in our hearts and minds. It's because of the kindness and generosity that the both of you have for people that Lisa and I are together today. Lisa and I will miss Earl and wish you to know that you and Earl will be in our thoughts forever. Stephen J Thatcher, August 19, 2008 Many times Earl would stop by our home just to chat. Those conversations were always entertaining since Earl's sense of humor made even the most mundane subject matters enjoyable. We had many pleasant conversations with Earl and Vinnie over these past few years. We are thankful for the wonderful times and conversations with Earl, and shall miss him immensely. Our condolences to Vinnie, his family and his many friends on the loss of a very good person. Dennis Lee Gundy and Jelena Murray DENNIS LEE GUNDY, August 18, 2008