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, 55, of Tampa, FL, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 24, 2019. Lonnie was a life long resident of Tampa and was best known for his love of his family, a passion for all things outdoors and his dedication to his career.


Lonnie began his career in the grocery industry at 16 years old and worked his way into management. Most recently, he served as a Store Manager for Winn Dixie in Zephyrhills, Fl. He was known by his colleagues as a diligent and reliable hard worker who held his position in management through multiple acquisitions for over 30 years.


An avid outdoorsman, Lonnie most enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. He found peace by hunting in the Ocala National Forest and would spend his free time on the golf course. He enjoyed sports and was a loyal Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan.


Beyond all else, Lonnie’s most impactful role in this world was as a father and grandfather. Lonnie devoted his life to the care and upbringing of his daughters, Amy and Kristen, whom he loved so much. As a grandfather, Lonnie was committed to being a daily presence in the lives of his grandchildren. He found his greatest joy in being a father and grandfather and his love for his daughters and grandchildren extends beyond life.


Lonnie is survived by his father and his wife, Al and Diane Shiver; his mother, Rosalind Carey, his siblings Greg Shiver,  Kelly Shiver and Donna Robinson, his daughters Amy Dennis and her husband Mahlon, and Kristen Lawhorne and her husband Travis; his grandchildren Kristopher and Jaxon Dennis and Savanna and Mason Lawhorne; and his beloved longtime canine companion, Hunter.


Lonnie’s physical presence in this world may be gone, but he’s left an everlasting mark on all that knew him. A celebration of life service is being held in Lonnie’s honor at Pepin Hospitality Center on Tuesday, May 28 from 3-5 pm and is open to all friends and family. A funeral for immediate family will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, May 29th at Cremations of Greater Tampa Bay.

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