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“Delores, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your girls. Much love to all of you. Teenie ”
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“Paula,Our hearts go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Know that the legacy of your dad is inherent and continues to live on in...Read More »
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“Dearest Vernon Family, My Mother and I are so very sorry to hear about Mr. Vernon's passing. He was such a nice and kind gentleman. He was very...Read More »
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Lonnie Vernon passed away peacefully at his home in Baytown, Texas on June 10, 2014. He was born on March 16, 1922 in Dallas, Texas.

Lonnie is preceded in death by his mother, Juanita Snodgrass, and his brother, Ralph Vernon. He is survived by his devoted wife of sixty-five years, Dolores Biscamp Vernon; three daughters: Holly Albers and her husband Bill, of Beaumont, California; Paula Hawkins and husband Jeff, of Baytown, and Caryn Bryant, also of Baytown. There are also numerous nephews and nieces, grandchildren and great-grand children.

Lonnie graduated from North Dallas High School in 1940 and began his higher education at Southern Methodist University. His studies were interrupted by the outbreak of WWII, and like many young men of his generation, he enlisted in the military. He entered the US Navy in early 1943 and was selected to attend Midshipman training at Columbia University in New York. During that time he excelled in the program graduating number two in a class of eight hundred. He enjoyed telling stories about his time in the Navy at various postings. While in New York he often spent liberty listening to jazz and music ensembles at the clubs on 53rd Street. He and other top graduates of the program were honored at the New York Yacht Club.

He later entered Navigation School and was assigned to various posts along the Florida coast. Lonnie flew many flights in support of anti-submarine missions always bringing his plane in safely and on course. He later quipped that most of the planes lost in the Bermuda Triangle simply ran out of gas because they got lost, not because of mysterious forces. He was honorably discharged after the war ended.

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