Lonnie Raney (1958-2006). Oldest son of Vernon and Molly Raney; brother of Ronnie and Ginny Raney. Elected sheriff of Warren County (Vicksburg, county seat) and is generally a well-liked but corrupted law enforcement officer. One of his prime responsibilities was protecting his mother and brother in the pursuit of their marijuana growing and drug business.
Although sister-in-law Louanne Borden Raney murders his brother Ronnie, and is convicted of second degree murder (see song, “One Time Too Many“), she later refuses cut a deal in an DEA investigation into the Raney family criminal activities and instead warns Lonnie of the investigation.
In 2006 Lonnie is killed in a shootout while attempting to protect his mother and the drug business when the DEA comes to serve warrants for their arrest.