Born in Savannah, Georgia and the second of six children to Jessie Eugene (Preacher) Ellis Jr. and Willene Rewis, Lonnie was raised primarily in Bulloch County. He attended and graduated from Statesboro High School in 1989 then promptly joined the United States Marine Corps.

Corp Life would go on to grow him though recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, SC from Sept 1989, where he graduated from Boot Camp on the the 12th of Jan, 1990 with a great outlook, ready to serve his country.

Next came Marine Combat Training and Marine Corps School of Infantry at Camp Geiger, NC where he was assigned to Golf Company 2nd Battalion 8th Marines at Camp LeJuene, NC. Prior to deploying with 8th Marines on a Mediterranean Float, He was assigned to a Casualty Replacement Company and underwent more infantry training in preparations for deployment to Desert Shield/ Desert Storm. After the war, Lonnie returned to Camp LeJuene where he completed his service and moved to Illinois. 

While living in Illinois, Lonnie joined the American Legion and the VFW. He served in many levels at the local Post, County and District of the American Legion. He also graduated from the American Legion College in 2000. 

Lonnie rejoined the military in February of 2008 and was sent to FT. Sill, OK where he underwent retraining on the basics of being a soldier. He was then stationed at FT. Lee, VA where he was trained in fueling techniques of Planes, Helo's tanks and the various other vehicles in the Army. Lonnie was then sent to FT. Leonard Wood, MO to learn how to properly drive semi's. Upon completion of this school in Aug 2008, he was assigned to the 5th Squadron 7th Cavalry Regiment at Ft. Stewart, GA. In December of 2009, Lonnie deployed to Iraq again.

While deployed to Iraq, Lonnie wrote a book of Poetry titled "War and Peace and Poetry." It is a book of of moving writings that catalog the variety of emotions service members and their families deal with during deployments. It was published by Trafford Publishing in December of 2010 and hit the shelf six days prior to his return from Iraq. Lonnie reintegrated at FT Stewart upon his return and left the Army on the 16th of Sept 2012. 

Lonnie is the proud father of Katelyn Joann Hickey of Champaign, IL; Brandon Lee Ellis of Eureka, IL and Liam Ivey Ellis of Collins, GA. He is also the proud grandfather of Lillith Rose Hickey of Champaign, IL. 
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  Educational Accomplishments: 

  Paralegal Internship w/ Casino Law Group
  Advanced Legal research and Writing 

  Legal Research and Writing II
  Legal Research and Writing I 
  Estate Planning and Probate
  The Legal Field: Law & Ethics

  Legal Topics Seminar
  Criminal Law
  Contract Law for Paralegals
  Litigation Support Management
  Employment Law
  Environmental Law
  Business Law for Commercial Contracts
  Family Law
  Computers in the Legal Office
  Constittutional Law
  Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  Intellectual Property
  Civil Litigation
  Criminal Procedure
  Torts and Remedies
  Business Law 1

Civic Accomplishments:

Lonnie is currently the Commander of Dexter Allan American Legion Post 90 in Statesboro ans he also serves as a Jr. Vice Commander of the 1st District, Dept. of Georgia. 

He is also a Life member of the VFW
Member of the Kiwanis 
Member of Moose Lodge 1089 in Statesboro, Georgia

Lonnie takes great pride in the heritage left by his many family members who have served this great Nation throughout History. His greatest influence (and the primary inspiration for joining the military) was his uncle Remer Wesley (uncle Buck) Ellis who served over 21years combined in the Army and Navy.

​                   Wanting to further his knowledge and training towards a life of Law, Lonnie pursued and  
                    obtained his Bachelors of Science in Law Studies degree from South University, much to  
​​                    the pride and happ​iness of his family. 

                    Now Lonnie is working on obtaining his Masters in Business and looks to attend  
                    Law School in the fall of 2016.

Lonnie's List of Accomplishments in Military Career/Pursuits are as Follows: 

  Army Achievement Medal  
  Army Commendation Medal  
  Good Conduct Medal  
  Combat Action Ribbon 
  Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Stars)  
  Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)  
  Kuwait Liberation Medal(Saudi Arabia) 
  National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Star) 
  Iraq Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star) 
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal  
  Navy Unit Commendation 
  Army Service Ribbon 
  Army Overseas Service Ribbon
 Lonnie has also earned his Combat Spurs 
and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon