Lonnie Eugene Taylor, 74, was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on Monday, April 17, 2023. He passed away at his home in Waxahachie, Texas, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous, hard-fought battle with metastatic lung cancer.
Lonnie was born in Lubbock, Texas on September 21, 1948 to Jeanette Wallis Taylor and Wayne Boothe. His family relocated to Dallas, Texas, where Lonnie eventually graduated from Kimball High School in January 1967. He joined the Southwestern Bell/AT&T family just after graduating from high school. On May 6, 1968, Lonnie was drafted by the United States Army and attended boot camp at Fort Polk, Louisiana. After receiving his orders, he served in the 9th Infantry of the 3rd Brigade and was stationed at the Dong Tam Base Camp in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam from March 1969 to February 1970. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallentry. Upon his return from the war, he continued his work with Southwestern Bell/AT&T, serving in various managerial roles throughout the course of his career. Lonnie concurrently worked on his college degree and graduated from Northwood University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in May 1994. After 47 years of dedicated service to Southwestern Bell/AT&T, he retired in December 2012.
Lonnie loved spending time with his family and friends, playing the guitar, fishing, and hunting. His big heart full of unconditional love and affection, along with his “dad jokes” and contagious laughter will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
Lonnie is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Deborah; children: Carrie Lynn Taylor of Fort Worth, TX; Cassandra Ann Ricks and her husband, Michael of Austin, TX; Courtney Lynn Taylor of Denton, TX; and Chase Brodie Ganschow and his wife, Christina of Canton, TX; seven grandchildren: Haleigh, Alexandra, Caleb, Skye, Brooklyn, Ashlyn, and Reed; one great-grandchild: Jaxon; and countless other relatives and friends who were blessed to have loved and known him.
A celebration of Lonnie’s life will take place at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in the near future.