William Lonnie Revels, Sr

William Lonnie Revels, Sr

Birth
Pembroke, Robeson County, North Carolina, USA
Death 10 Jul 2003 (aged 67)
Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Pembroke, Robeson County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 10642296 · View Source
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Born to Lonnie Gaston & Rosa Godwin Revels.
Married to Ruth Lockleer Revels.
Children are:
William Lonnie Jr.
Jennifer Revels Baxter
William 67, of Greensboro, died following an extended illness, at Oakdale Heights Assisted Living. Revels was born to the late Lonnie Gaston and Rosa Godwin Revels. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1958, and he married his high school sweetheart, Ruth, in 1959. After graduating from college, Lonnie served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army, and he was also a member of the North Carolina National Guard Elite Special Forces Unit. Lonnie and Ruth moved to Greensboro in 1961 and he started his own printing business. He owned Arrowhead Graphics Inc. Commissioner Revels was the senior member of the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs. Lonnie previously served as Chairman of the Commission and he was currently serving as chair of the Commission's Economic Development Committee, as well as the newly created Economic Development Initiative. He also served on the Commission's State Recognition Committee. He was a founder and a current board member of the Guilford Native American Association. He was the District 15 representative for the Lumbee Tribal Council, serving Guilford and surrounding counties. Lonnie also served on the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, formerly Pembroke State University. Revels was a strong advocate for American Indians in North Carolina. One of Lonnie's major efforts was seeking federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe. Included among the numerous local, state and national awards Lonnie received, he was the first recipient of the Henry Berry Lowrie Award, presented by the Lumbee Regional Development Association. He was recognized by the News and Observer as Tar Heel of the Week. He was particularly honored to receive his first Eagle Feather by the Guilford Native American Association. This is the highest honor that any American Indian can receive. At the national level, Lonnie was appointed by President Nixon to the Civil Rights Commission of the United States Department of Agriculture. Lonnie was a strong supporter of a district wide system to elect the Greensboro City Council. Subsequently, in 1985, he was elected to the Greensboro City Council representing District 5. A visionary and tireless worker for the people, Lonnie never forgot his humble beginnings, the value of family and the love of the land, to which he returned often. He took every opportunity to engage from young people to elders in conversation, offering them advice, encouragement and challenges. Lonnie will be remembered for his commitment and leadership to the numerous causes that defined his life. He left an indelible imprint, not only to the city of Greensboro, but also on our state and nation. Surviving are his wife Ruth Locklear Revels, of Greensboro; a son, William Lonnie "Bill" Revels Jr. and his wife Kelly, both of Greensboro; a daughter, Jennifer Revels Baxter and her husband Scott, both of Chapel Hill; his grandchildren, Harrison and Corbin Revels and Courtney and Reid Baxter; four sisters, Della Hartis of Charlotte, Rosa Winfree of Kannapolis, and Florence Ransom and Theresa Locklear, both of Pembroke.


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  • Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 19 Mar 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10642296
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Lonnie Revels, Sr (28 Jul 1935–10 Jul 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10642296, citing Revels Family Cemetery, Pembroke, Robeson County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Elizabeth Reed (contributor 46561848) .