Loren Dean (Smokey) Markwell went to be with the Lord on April 23, 2014. Smokey was 86 years old and had enjoyed relatively good health until August, 2013 when he began his treatments for Stage 4 cancer.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, immediately followed by the funeral service at Toledo Christian Church. Burial will be in Greenup Cemetery with military rites by Cumberland County Veterans. Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials may be made to Toledo Christian Church or St. Anthony’s Hospice. Online condolences can be expressed at www.barkleyfuneralchapels.com.
Smokey was born Feb. 10, 1928, to George Alva Markwell and Mabel (Dillier) Markwell. He is survived by his wife, Nellie Ruth (Carr) Markwell; and daughter, Linda Ruth Markwell (friend Clete Cohurst). Son, Terry Dean Markwell, preceded him in passing. Surviving granddaughters are Missy Jones-Bromenshenkel (husband Tim) and Wendy Akbar (husband Kamau); great-grandchildren are Sophie and Elle Jones and Natiya and KJ Akbar. Smokey was also preceded in death by sisters, Lucille Walden and Helen Kibler.
Smokey graduated Greenup High School in 1945 and served in the Naval Minewarfare Division from 1945 to 1947. Upon discharge, Smokey hitchhiked home from California and married his sweetheart, Nellie Ruth, on June 4, 1947.
Smokey was an active member of Toledo Christian Church and supported the VFW. He enjoyed all kinds of music, lapidary, traveling, rock hunting in Arizona, enjoying the winters on the beach in Florida, and spending time with friends and family. A “mover and shaker,” Smokey had many “careers” from Roughneck on the oil rigs, to prison guard, to his work at USI, to maintenance at Cape Canaveral, to installation of underground missile sites, to co-owner of D and M True Value Hardware in Greenup, to Real Estate Broker, to geologist, just to name a few. He and Nellie moved 30 times during their marriage and enjoyed traveling.
The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and kindness during his illness. A special thanks to Sherry Jean, Doug and Barb, Aunt Susie and Clete Cohorst. Smokey had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and is in Heaven worshipping and praising him now and forever. Amen.
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