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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