Lonnie Dench Bio
Lonnie Dench is the husband of Wanda Dench, the grandmother who accidentally texted 17-year-old Jamal Hinton inviting him to thanksgiving back in 2016. Lonnie died on April 5, 2020 of coronavirus.
Lonnie Dench Age
Lonnie’s age is unknown.
Lonnie Dench Wife
Lonnie was married to Wanda Dench. She gained famed in 2016 when she accidentally invited texted 17-year-old Jamal Hinton when trying to send an invitation to her grandchildren to Thanksgiving. When Jamal informed her she had texted the wrong person she said that the invitation still stood.
At the time she told KPNX that she was totally embarrassed when she was made aware of the mix-up; “I was totally embarrassed, and I didn’t know what to say at first. So I thought for a minute and I said, ‘Sure you can,’ I said. ‘That’s what grandmas do, they feed everybody.’”
Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton
The story gained attention after Hinton tweeted their exchange, with many re-tweeting the accidental exchange that turned into an unlikely Thanksgiving pairing.
Somebody grandma is coming in clutch this year!! Ayee!!! pic.twitter.com/QGrx83nHLl
— Jamal Hinton (@kingjamal08) November 15, 2016
Wanda said that he invted him even after knowing he is not her grandson as she was impressed by him and wanted to know him more.
“I wanted to get to know him because I liked my first impression of him. People are saying, ‘I have faith in humanity again.’ And I’m just thinking, ‘Wow!'”
The two sparked a friendship and the Dench family has continued to invite Jamal to Thanksgiving and he continues to accept their invitation.
Jamal shares pictures from their time together, showing his family joining together with the Dench family to enjoy thanksgiving.
— Jamal Hinton (@kingjamal08) November 29, 2019
Lonnie Dench Coronavirus
On April 2, 2020 Jamal announced on Twitter that Lonnie and Wanda had both contracted Coronavirus. He added that Lonnie was currently in the hospital fighting both COVID-19 and pneumonia.
I am so sad to announce that Wanda and Lonnie both have COVID-19 and that Lonnie is currently in the hospital fighting both COVID and Pneumonia please send words of love and encouragement their way 💛🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/tUNpUB20qg
— Jamal Hinton (@kingjamal08) April 2, 2020
Lonnie Dench Death
Lonnie died on April 5, 2020 after losing a battle to Coronavirus. His death was announced by Jamal on Twitter who noted that Lonnie found comfort in all the love and support he had felt during his time in the hospital.
As some of you may have already found out tonight Lonnie did not make it… he passed away Sunday morning😔 but Wanda told me all the love and support he was receiving put a huge smile on his face so I thank every single one of you guys for that!🙏🏽❤️ https://t.co/tNvals0FMh
— Jamal Hinton (@kingjamal08) April 9, 2020
His wife, Wanda paid a tribute to him in a statement to AZ Family: “He had the truest heart of love, like no other. He did so many acts of kindness that no one ever heard about. He was my hero. And I’m a better person because of him.”
Lonnie Dench Tributes
“He was my hero. I’m a better person because of him.”
For years I’ve covered the Thanksgiving story of Wanda & Jamal, & that mistaken text. Wanda’s husband Lonnie was a beautiful part of that. Lonnie just passed away from COVID-19. We honor him tonight❤️https://t.co/uQKhTg9Tgp pic.twitter.com/TJ0vu8REvj
— Briana Whitney (@BrianaWhitney) April 9, 2020
This is heartbreaking… they shared so much love with us for so many years. RIP Lonnie and praying for the family and friends affected by his loss💔 https://t.co/ZU1sCfEB5O
— Joelle Hitechew (@jojoachew) April 9, 2020