Lonnie Wade Smelser died July 3, 2018, at the age of 91. He was born Feb. 14, 1927, in Magnolia to the late Daniel and Rosa (Thurman) Smelser. In 1947, Lonnie married Norma Kathleen Grissom of Morris, Okla. They moved to San Jose, Calif., in 1953, where he worked as a building contractor. In 1993, they moved to Morris.
He was 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, the Rev. C.L.Grissom.
Lonnie is survived by his daughter, Lana A. Jacobs and husband Melvin of Fort Smith; four brothers, Daniel, James, Charles and John Smelser; two sisters, Rebecca Rauch and Frances Schutt; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lonnie moved to Fianna Hills 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 at 10 a.m. at Gospel Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Henryetta, Okla. Interment will follow at Okmulgee Cemetery. Friends may visit the funeral home Sunday from 3-6 p.m. with the family present. Arrangements have been entrusted to McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee, Okla.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Lonnie's tribute page on our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com.