Alonzo "Lon" Theodore Adams II

March 15, 1925November 28, 2020

Alonzo T. Adams II, 95, Died November 28, from complications of COVID-19, at Rex Hospital.

He was born March 15, 1925 in Davenport Iowa, the son of Alonzo and Florence. After graduation from High School in Davenport, IA, Lon served in the 82nd Airborne Division, seeing combat in Holland and Belgium, before being injured in the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. After returning to the states, and a long recuperation, Lon attended and graduated from St. Ambrose College in Davenport, and later earned his Masters Degree in Microbiology from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Lon was married to Berdine Heerts, and had a daughter Eleanor, and a son Eric. Lon worked many years for Goodmark Foods and retired as Principal Scientist.

He is survived by his daughter Eleanor; son Eric; grandchildren Emma, Andrew and Kelley Ann. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his wife Berdine; and brothers Jack and Arthur.

A private family graveside will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne, 300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh.


  • Private, Family Graveside Service

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020


Alonzo "Lon" Theodore Adams II

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Marion Boissiere

December 28, 2020

As Volunteer Co-ordinator of the NC Senior Games, I met Lon and his charming partner on the bowling lanes, the late Florence Hayakowa. He was a sweet and pleasant gentleman. The 2 of them won many medals over the years and I took photos of them wearing them at Buffaloe Lanes North. The Games are limited in 2020, but I will miss them next year. I saw the article on Lon in the N&O as well as on "Sunday Morning" on Dec. 27 as the program highlighted some who died in 2020. Impressive for our Slim Jim creator. Condolences to the family.

Arthur DeFeo

December 3, 2020

I worked with Lon for many years at Goodmark Foods. He was one of the most talented food scientists I have ever worked with. He was always a mentor of product development and I learned a lot from him. His legacy will continue on and he will be dearly missed. My sincere condolences to the family on your loss.

Mark Mogge

December 2, 2020

Thank you for your service sir. You had a great life and will be an inspiration to others.