Lonnie Wade Smelser

February 14, 1927-July 3, 2018

Lonnie Wade Smelser died on July 3, 2018, at the age of 91. He was born on February 14, 1927, in Magnolia, Ark. to the late Daniel and Rosa (Thurman) Smelser. In 1947, Lonnie married Norma Kathleen Grissom of Morris. They moved to San Jose, Calif. in 1953 where he worked as a building contractor. In 1993, they moved to Morris.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Norma Smelser; two brothers, Edward and Norman Smelser; two sisters, Myrtle Elledge and Marilyn Alexander; and his brother-in-law, Rev. C.L.Grissom.

Lonnie is survived by his daughter, Lana A. Jacobs and husband Melvin of Fort Smith, Ark.; four brothers, Daniel, James, Charles, and John Smelser; two sisters, Rebecca Rauch and Frances Schutt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lonnie moved to Fianna Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Smith in 2011. The family is thankful for the love, respect, and dignity shown in the care he was given for the last seven years.

A funeral service for Lonnie will be held Monday, July 16, 2018, 10 a.m. at the Gospel Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Henryetta. Interment will follow at the Okmulgee Cemetery. Friends may visit the funeral home on Sunday, July 15, 2018, from 3-6 p.m. with the family present. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee. Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Lonnie's Tribute Page at www.mcclendon-winters.com

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