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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  • October 30, 2017
    Mike says:
    A Southern Gentleman and a scholar. Proud to have been his friend and mourn his departure

  • October 31, 2017
    Phil Oakley says:
    In the end, life is a collection of memories. I am so thankful to have many with Alton and will remember those often. Sharing them with friends will keep him with us on this journey. God bless Scotty and the entire family for you were his life.

  • October 31, 2017
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  • November 01, 2017
    Bob Eakins says:
    So sorry to hear this . Have known Alton (Butch) most of my life. Always enjoyed engaging conversation with him. Always a different and mostly humorous perspective on things. Keeping you all in my prayers at this difficult time

  • November 01, 2017
    Sarah Ayers/Kernersville NC says:
    Scotty, I am so very sorry to hear about Alton.. Remember the old days in 1992 when we all went to dinner, Me, You, Alton and a mutual friend at the time? I dont forget moments that I will keep in my mind like meeting you and Alton. I hope you remember me, as I have not spoken to Alton in years, but I wish for you blessings, peace and comfort!