On October 6, 1970, my baby brother, Lonnie Ben Lane was born in Jacksonville, AR. Our mother, Fredia Lane Hollingshead, tells me that I wasn’t very happy about his arrival, but I would soon get over my displeasure and assume the role of Big Sister and make a best friend out of him for life!
Lonnie attended grade school at Eastside Elementary in Cabot, where he made many life long friends. He was a 1989 graduate of Cabot High School, where he was elected president of his Senior class, Student Council, and National Honor Society. He attended Arkansas Boys State and Governors School. After graduating high school, he attended Ouachita Baptist University for 2 years before he transferred to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, earning a bachelors in Political Science and Criminal Justice.
Lonnie met the love of his life, Candace, in 1996. They were married for 24 years. His proudest accomplishment was his family. He was a devoted husband to Candace and his pride and joy were his 3 beautiful children, Jackson, Abigail and Maddox.
Lonnie had a life time career as an insurance claims adjuster for many nationally known insurance companies. He was employed by Arkansas Farm Bureau as a Senior Auto Claims Adjuster at the time of his passing. He was loved by many customers and colleagues thru-out the years.
Lonnie took all his roles in his life to heart. He was a member of First Baptist Church. He knew our God and Savior, accepting the gift of eternal salvation into his heart at the age of 12. He loved his family profoundly. He was a comfort for our mother and I always knew he was watching over her. He was a good man and life of every party, especially while rooting on his beloved Chicago Cubs and the Arkansas Razorbacks. He was a devoted husband, son, father, brother and friend. He was a stranger to no one!
On November 3, 2022, at the age of 52, Lonnie took his last breath, in the comforts of his home in Cabot, AR, surrounded by his loved ones. He is survived by his wife, Candace, his 3 children, Jack, Abby and Maddox, our Mother, Fredia Lane Hollingshead, his in laws, Charles Foote and Judith Courtney, and my husband, David Thomas. He was preceded in death by his step father, Jim Hollingshead, and grandparents, Alfred and Evelyn Sutterfield. He also leaves behind many Aunts, Uncles, cousins and best friends.
Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 10 am at First Baptist Cabot, 204 North Third Street, Cabot, Arkansas 72023.
Finally….to my brother, my best friend, my secret keeper, my confidant ….There will never be another person that can fill your big shoes. I truly don’t know how to “do” life without you! I take comfort in knowing that you are no longer in pain and will be watching over all of us!
I Love You much,
Services are under the direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. Lonnie’s online guestbook is available at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com