Lonnie Erma Lackey, the daughter of William Fletcher and Queen Victoria Helton Lackey, was born in northern Georgia on September 23, 1904. Her family moved to San Saba County, Texas shortly thereafter.
Lackey, at the behest of her employer, attended Baylor University during the onset of the Great Depression and graduated in the summer of 1931. As a student, Lackey worked part-time as an amateur stenographer, typing speeches and correspondence for Willie Turner Dawson, the wife of Reverend Joseph M. Dawson.
Upon graduation, Lackey found work at Baylor University. When Pat M. Neff was appointed the president of Baylor, Lackey served as his first secretary. Her oral memoirs recount in detail her experiences at Baylor University and what it was like working for Pat Neff. Lackey later transferred to the cashier's office before moving to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1935.
Over the course of her career, Lackey worked for several construction firms and power plants before retiring in 1969. She passed away on May 27, 1995 and is buried with the rest of her family in San Saba, Texas.
More information about Lonnie Lackey can be found at the Institute for Oral History.