The King Of Kindness Retires

Dr. Lonnie Edwards has been serving children in the DeKalb County School System since he began teaching in 1971. Today Dr. Edwards is an Assistant Superintendent for DeKalb.

“Dr. Edwards exemplifies excellence in teaching. He is always giving to others,” said Nancy Miller.

Nancy Miller was a student of Dr. Edwards in the early 1970’s. She invited him to appear on the “Sally Jessy Raphael Show” to recognize him as the single most important teacher in her life.

Miller said, “I was born with small vestiges of fingers, mostly little “nubs”. At school I kept my hands hidden from teachers and students by carrying a towel over them at all times. In the fifth grade I met Dr. Edwards who was a physical education teacher at my school. Dr. Edwards was instrumental in me accepting my disability and in being confident in using and developing my talents. After gaining more self-confidence, I decided that I wanted to be “like all the other little girls. So, as a child, I learned to type and play the piano, taking lessons for ten years. As an adult, I have earned an Associate’s Degree, a Bachelor’s Degree, and now type 65 words per minute. I am also a wife and mother.”

This is only one of the many individuals who have been touched by the kindness of Dr. Edwards.

Please join former students, staff, family and friends to say thank you and congratulations to Dr. Lonnie Edwards upon his retirement on June 29, at Martin Luther King Jr. High School, 3991 Snapfinger Road, Lithonia, Georgia, from 4 to 7 pm. Please RSVP by e-mail to, or 770-413-6060.