Alton Yates Lennon

December 27, 1942 - October 26, 2017
Alton Yates Lennon

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Alton Yates Lennon died October 26, 2017.

He was born December 27, 1942 in Wilmington, NC, to Karine Welch Lennon and Congressman Alton Asa Lennon.

He is survived by his wife, Lynda “Scotty” Lennon; his sister Edna Lee Frost; his sister-in-law, Arlene MacDonald; his brother-in-law; Ian “Mac” MacDonald, his daughters, Natalie Lennon Jarman and her fiancé Jerry Harrell; Alison Lennon Baxley; and Rebecca Lennon-Thompson and her husband, Adam Thompson. He is also survived by his stepson Gary Martin, and stepdaughter Rhonda Martin.

An extremely dedicated grandfather, Alton is also survived by his grandchildren: Jonathan Poff, Davis Martin, Caitlin Vaughn, Kelsey Toler, Austin Toler, Mackenzie Martin, Whitney Davis, Rosser Baxley, and Greylen Baxley.

After graduating New Hanover High School, Alton received  his B.A. in 1965, graduating cum laude, and his J.D. in 1968, both from Wake Forest University. He practiced law for many years with the law firm of Stevens McGee. Wilmington, NC.

Alton loved life and surrounded himself with friends, family, and fishing… and a bit of golf. He was at equally at home traveling the world or in the living room, immersed in a good book. His passion for the outdoors was rivaled only by his love of a good porterhouse steak and his beloved Demon Deacons. Alton expressed his love for art both on his walls and in his snappy wardrobe.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wake Forest Fund at or the North Carolina Coastal Federation at

The family will receive friends at the Marsh Oaks Club House beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017.

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  • February 14, 2024
    John Feldman says:
    My first job as an attorney was at Stevens McGee. Alton and the other partners taught me how to be a lawyer. I never realized the true effect had on my career until many years after I left. They each taught me different things. Alton taught me to have a heart and see the other side.

  • February 05, 2024
    Diane Fountain says:
    I so wish I could speak with Scotty one day to talk about Alton, his work with my Dad, which was amazing.

  • October 30, 2017
    Virginia A. Gibbons (Mahoney) says:
    I will alway remember him for his wit, warmth and gracious friendship. He will be sorely missed.

  • October 30, 2017
    Kendall Register says:
    I am saddened to hear the news of my friend Alton. It was always a pleasure engaging in converstion with Alton in his workplace or mine. His pleasant nature will always come to mind when I think of him. The many wonderful memories of Alton will always be at the forefront of my thoughts. So glad to have known this terrific guy. I will surely miss my friend.

  • October 30, 2017
    Judge Jay and Deborah Hockenbury says:
    Please accept our sincere condolences upon the recent passing of Butch. He will be remembered by the Bar as a strong advocate for his clients, as having a cheery and pleasant personality to his adversaries and such a classy dresser that the males would admire and would try but fail to emulate. He will be greatly missed. May God Bless you during this time of bereavement.