Lonnie “Sonny” Edward McLaughlin, 74, passed away at home, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. He was born in Wilmington, to the late Willie Wilbert and Rosa Lee McLaughlin. Known as “Sonny” to family and friends, he was one of five siblings and a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mona “Bonnie” McLaughlin; two daughters, Sheila Mallard, and her husband, Jerry, Melissa Picone, and her husband, John; five grandchildren, Ray Walker (Christian), Christopher Walker (Tiffany), Mary Catherine (Shadie), Joseph Mallard, and Kathryn Mallard (Abraham); and nine great-grandchildren, Caleb, Haileigh, Cali, Amneh, Mohammad, Sonny, Adalee, Hakeem and his little man due to arrive in May; two sisters, Jean Connor and Gwen Griffith; and a large, extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
He worked in residential construction for most of his life starting his first business, McLaughlin Construction, and then years later opening his second business, Faith Home Builders. He grew up loving the water and had a passion for fishing (and telling fish tales). He was deeply devoted and very proud of his family and loved spending time with all of his “babies.”
The family would like to extend their deep appreciation to the staff of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice. The compassion and care that he received truly enriched the quality of his life during his final years with us.
To celebrate his life, the family will receive family and friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, February 14, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel at 4108 S. College Road. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 15, at the same location. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory. Memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice at 725-A Wellington Ave. Wilmington, NC 28401.