In 1932, Humes and Lenia Irving welcomed their son, Lonnie Leon Irving, into the world
in Stoneville, North Carolina. He was the second oldest of six boys in the fmaily.
A 1960 article indicated he attended Wentworth High School and attended Air Force
Training in San Antonio, Texas
He married the former Shirley Moorefield of Leaksville, North Carolina on October 4, 1953
and that 1960 article mentioned they had a son and a daughter.
Before hitting it on the music scene with is Pinball Machine recording for Starday,
Lonnie was a truck triver for the Hennis Truck LInes out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
He stayed with them until October 2, 1959, when he was diagnosed with Leukemia. He passed
away in 1960.
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup; No. 68; September 1960; American Folk Publications, Inc.;
- Country Song Roundup; No. 71; March 1961; American Folk Publications, Inc.;
- Cowboy Songs; No. 66; May 1961; American Folk Publications, Inc.;
- A History and Encyclopedia of Country, Western, and Gospel Music;
Linnell Gentry; 1969; Clairmount Corporation