O’Hanlon Robert Lashley

August 3, 1942 - December 4, 2021
O’Hanlon Robert Lashley

Lonnie Lashley, age 79, passed into God’s light in early morning on Dec. 4, 2021. This strong, disciplined man often said that he had a great life, and he did. He loved living and serving in Carolina Beach, where he has resided for the past 20 years with his wife, Linda. He was surrounded by his wife and children, Robb Lashley and Haynes Diersing, during his last hours and died peacefully at home.

A graduate of Hampton High School, in Hampton, Va., where he starred in basketball, he spent most of his adult years in Virginia. After a tour of four years in the U. S. Navy, he continued his service as a Department of the Army civilian, retiring as a computer project manager. He met his first wife, Edwina, while working at the Pentagon. After being selected for an Army computer training program at George Washington University, he later earned two associate degrees in Virginia’s community college system.

Lonnie enjoyed many years of retirement. He found delight in volunteering to serve children as an after-school child-care aide and as an art class and physical education class aide at Carolina Beach Elementary School. As a citizen of Carolina Beach, he served as a member of Parks and Recreation Committee and as a member of Town Council.

His life will be celebrated on Jan. 15, at 1:00 p.m., with a service and reception at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 5820 Myrtle Grove Road. Donations to children’s programs in his honor would bring him joy.

Local arrangements in the care of Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel, 1535 South 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403.

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  • December 07, 2021
    Allison Rankin says:
    Lonnie was a true Southern gentleman who made the world a better place. From his work as a PE teacher at Carolina Beach Elementary, to his support of his church, Holy Cross Episcopal, to his devotion to family and friends, Lonnie leaves many to treasure his genuine caring and many acts of kindness. God’s peace, Lonnie.

  • December 12, 2021
    Ron Rogers says:
    Linda, so sorry to hear of Lonnie's passing, even though I have not seen Lonnie since we graduated from Hampton in 1960, I have been a friend of his on Facebook. In high school I spent many many latet nights shooting baskets, playing one-on-one and playing "Horse" with Lonnie on our lighted alley basketball court. Considered Lonnie a life long friend as did many other "Crabbers" in the Class of 1960.

  • December 12, 2021
    Doug and Linda Fry says:
    Linda, we know how much you loved each other and that love showed every single time you were together. May you take comfort in knowing that love can never be diminished.

  • December 13, 2021
    Jim Bradley says:
    So sorry Linda and Rob. I truly admired Lonnie and will always remember the good conversations we've had. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  • December 15, 2021
    Hugo Thomas lit a candle:
    Lit since December 15, 2021 at 12:54:45 PM