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Asheville, North Carolina 28803
Lonnie Redfern, 76, was born in Monroe, North Carolina. He received his wings on Friday, February 22, 2019 at John F. Keever Solace Center. He was the son of the late Frank Winchester, Sr. and Leona Redfern.
Lonnie was a native of Indian Trail, North Carolina. He attended Union County Schools and was a graduate of Western Union High School. Lonnie later settled in Asheville, North Carolina where he embraced a legacy of family and friends, whom he loved dearly. He retired after 30+ years of service at BASF in Enka, North Carolina. He also loved going on road trips. Hence, the name of his last car, Buick Roadmaster. One of his last conversations involved traveling, “I’m getting ready to hit the highway.” Never meeting a stranger, his great sense of humor and love for others made Lonnie a sincere pleasure to spend time around. He was also an avid fan of UNC Tarheel basketball.
Lonnie is preceded in death by his parents, Leona and Frank Winchester, Sr. (Sara); brother, Frank Winchester, Jr.; aunts Velma and Selma Redfern; son, Anthony Redfern and daughter Adrienne Redfern.
Lonnie leaves to cherish his memory, six sons, Andre Redfern (Yvette) of Charlotte, NC, Edward Gaines, Kenny Lindsey, Garey Redfern (Janice), Gerry Redfern and Reginald Redfern, all of Asheville, NC; five daughters, Anita Redfern (Robert), Sharon Sams (David), both of Charlotte, NC, Janice Williams (Bryant) of Fletcher, NC, Julie Anderson of Asheville, NC and Zaneta Redfern (Chad) of Franklin, NC; three brothers, Ralph Winchester (Trina), Daryl Winchester (Linda), Anthony (Ricky) Winchester (Renee) all of MD; three sisters, Patricia Cates (William) of MD, Carolyn Holmes (Garland) and Shelia Winchester, both of Washington, D.C.; 31 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; a special cousin Doris Miller(Fernest) of Indian Trail, NC and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and family friends.