For more than 50 years, Lonnie Nixon was everyone’s favorite history teacher at Beall and Mountain Ridge High Schools. He was a sage mentor who was always ready with a well-timed word of encouragement. His interests were diverse: history, the outdoors, traveling, carpentry, and basketball, just to name a few. Lonnie never turned down an opportunity to help a friend. After his death on December 24, 2019, an endowment was created to perpetuate the impact he made upon the lives of his students, family, friends, and community. An award of $1000.00 is presented annually to a Mountain Ridge senior, selected by the history department, who embodies the ideals and values held by Lonnie E. Nixon.
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