Cecil Marshall McKenzie graduated from Marian High School, then attended Louisiana Tech University, and Louisiana State University. He received his Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work (MSW) from Tulane University, and also attended Law School at night, and was a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Marshall was appointed as the first Director of Housing Improvement for the City of Shreveport by Mayor James Gardner, whereby Shreveport received national recognition and a Look Magazine Award for improving sub-standard housing and served almost 40 years in the Louisiana Public Welfare Department/Division of Family Services beginning in 1949 as a Welfare Trainee and working his way up to Family Services Regional Manager until his retirement in 1997.
Marshall was a dedicated public servant, who was recognized as the recipient of the Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Civil Service Award in 1985 for outstanding professionalism and performance by a career civil servant, and in 2003 was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Louisiana National Association of Social Workers (B.R.). Upon his retirement, Mr. McKenzie became active as a volunteer social worker for the Cancers Survivors Group at Christus Schumpert Medical Center, and served on the Board of Directors of Northwest Louisiana Legal Services and did pro-bono work representing indigent clients in court, and also, served as a long-time member of the Downtown Rotary Club.
Mr. McKenzie was an active leader and Deacon at Broadmoor Baptist Church, and was the director of a large Adult Sunday School Department for 25 years, and served on the Board of Directors of the American Public Welfare Association in Washington, D.C., and held offices in a number of professional organizations. Mr. McKenzie served as the Statewide President of the Retired State Employees Association (RSEA) of Louisiana for the years 2004 and 2005, and was president of the Shreveport Chapter of RSEA for six years, and a member of RSEA until his passing in 2013.