Lonnie L. Friar

Published 10:56 am Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lonnie L. Friar of Vicksburg died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at his home. He was 80.

Mr. Friar served in the U.S. Navy and was a life member of the National Rifle Association. An avid outdoorsman, he taught the hunters education class for 25 years. He was a founding member of the Deer Park Hunting Club, where he served as secretary and treasurer.

He served on the board of the Letourneau Volunteer Fire Department and was president of the Redbone Cemetery Association.

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Mr. Friar was a former employee of Westinghouse and a retiree of the Waterways Experiment Station. He was a loving husband and father.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie B. Friar; his mother, Elnora Wright Friar; and a sister, Willie Brent.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn B. Friar of Vicksburg; a son, Michael Allen of Vicksburg; two daughters, Melissa Haas (Sam), and Melanie Dixon (Stewart), both of Vicksburg; and seven grandchildren, Tre Haas, Tyler Haas, Travis Haas, Sean Dixon, Mirannda Dixon, Kathy Allen and Montrell Allen; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home with the Rev. Kent Campbell officiating. Burial will follow at Redbone United Methodist Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Sean Dixon, Montrell Allen, Tyler Haas, Tre Haas, Travis Haas, Chris Boggan and Tracy Tullos. Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Parker, Buddy Rather, Todd Flanagan, Harvey Landers and Coy D. Flanagan, and all members past and present of the Deer Park Hunting Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army 530 Mission 66, Vicksburg, MS 39180, Mississippi Sheriffs Boys and Girls Ranch, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703-0746, and Redbone Cemetery Association.