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August 22, 1937 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Lonnie Harris Jr. peacefully entered eternal rest on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at his residence in New London, North Carolina. Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was the beloved son of Lonnie Harris Sr. and Ida Mae Wells Johnson. Lonnie was a person of confidence, creativity, and fearlessness, exemplifying a unique blend of qualities. A true leader not a follower, he enriched our lives with his charismatic presence, leaving an indelible mark on those who knew him.
Lonnie attended West Badin High School before dedicating four honorable years to the United States Army. Following his military service, he, along with close friends, established roots in Brooklyn, New York. Lonnie flourished in his new life, marrying, starting a family, and embarking on a successful career in real estate. His ventures led him to become the President of his own Century 21 branch in New York, named in honor of his mother, Ida M. Johnson. Lonnie's accomplishments earned him recognition in the Huntington Courier, a local newspaper.
A lover of music, Lonnie's melodious spirit was evident through his singing and whistling. Lonnie was a dedicated Frank Sinatra fan. His leisure time involved frequent travels to New York, Hilton Head Island, Florida, his hometown of Savannah, Georgia, and his newfound favorite, Cancun, Mexico.
Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Gregory Harris. He is survived by his sons: Ronald Harris and Galen (Lakendra) Harris; grandsons: Ronald Harris Jr. and Amiri Harris; granddaughters: Adriana Simone Harris and Kyn'Lin Harris; along with numerous relatives and friends.
As the sun sets and the music softly fades, Lonnie's smile remains etched in our memories. Although he is physically absent, his legacy lives on. With gratitude, we thank Our Lord and Savior for the privilege of sharing Lonnie's remarkable life for so many years.
"The music is quiet; the sun has set. Lonnie's smile is a memory; we will never forget. We loved your Lonnie, Our God loved you best".