Lonnie Karl Edwards, 78, of Rocky Mount, N.C., passed away Nov. 25. His funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Lake Gaston Baptist Church in Littleton. Interment followed in the church cemetery. The Rev. Adam Hammond officiated.

Lonnie served his country with honor and pride with the U.S. Army. He retired from Bell South as regional manager and then consulting with AT&T until 2002. He was in the first graduating class of Fike High School in 1959.

Lonnie loved motorcycles, fast boats, fishing, hunting, being outdoors and working in his yard. He was a member of Lake Gaston Baptist Church, a deacon and trustee; he loved his family and his church family.

He was a member of the Gold Wing Riders Association. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed and thought of often.

Lonnie is survived by his wife, Susan Wood Edwards, of the home; son, Christopher Lonnie Edwards, and wife, Jennifer, of Rocky Mount; step-son, Ben Lancaster, and wife, Amy; Benji, and his special buddy, Joey, all of Wake Forest; sisters, Judy Edwards and Jane Hedgepeth, both of Nashville; brother, Kemp Edwards, and wife, Terry, of Castalia; brother-in-law, Jerry Dempsey, and wife, Sue, of Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marleen Dempsey Edwards; granddaughter, Marley Jane Edwards; and his parents, Karl and Sallie Edwards.

Memorials may be directed to Lake Gaston Baptist Church, Cemetery Fund, 128 Lynwood Road, Littleton, NC 27850.

Condolences may be directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home at joyners.net.