Lonzey Elmo Smith

April 22, 1925February 14, 2013

Smith, Lonzey Elmo, age 87, of Beavercreek, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 14, 2013. Elmo was born on April 22, 1925 to the late Samuel and Martha (Terry) Smith in Armaithwaite, Tennessee. Also preceding him in death were his daughter, Sharon Jones, brother, L.A. Smith and great-granddaughter, Grace Magsaysay. Elmo is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Eula; daughters, Marsha (Fredrick) Kelley; Cynthia (Curtis) Reeves; son, Bruce (Debby) Smith; son-in-law, John Jones; grandsons, Kevin (Barb) Jones;Jason (Angie) Jones;Robert (Dawn) Kelley; Brian Kelley; Nathan (Monique) Reeves; Shane Smith; Wyatt Smith and fiance', Chelsea Owens and Jesse Smith; granddaughters, Jennifer (Ryan) Magsaysay; Ashley (Jon) Barchus and Emily (Johnny) King. Elmo is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren; brothers, Kenneth Smith and Cortis (Janice) Smith; sisters, Gertrude Eversole, Joyce Robbins and Elsie (Clifton) Cooper as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and neighbors. In particular, the family would like to extend a special thank you to Billy Eldridge for his many years of caring and support. Elmo accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior as a young man. He was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, serving many years as a Sunday School teacher and a Deacon for 60 years. Elmo bravely and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II fighting during the Battle of the Bulge in Germany, receiving the Bronze Star for bravery. Elmo worked and retired after 35 years at Dayton Walther Corporation and had also worked at Eastway Corporation for four years. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 18, 2013, at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-BEAVERCREEK CHAPEL, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Road at Grange Hall Road. Pastor Troy Lowe will be officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Shoup Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, 2013. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be may to The Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45420. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.tobiasfuneral



  • Visitation Sunday, February 17, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 18, 2013


  • Interment

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Larry Back

February 21, 2013

I met Elmo,or Mr. Smith as I called him, when I was 10 or 11 years old he was my best friends (Bruce) dad. I remember him being strict but very gentle, and kind. God bless the family of Mr. Smith.

Larry Back

Rhonda Reed

February 19, 2013

I met Elmo for the first time at his sister Joyce Robbins 80th birthday bash. I live with his nephew Richard Robbins. Elmo was so kind and sweet and accepted me right from the start. the first thing he said to me was "Welcome to the family". We sat in Joyce's living room with all the brothers and sisters and spouses and they all were recalling childhood memories. It was the most fun listening and laughing along with them to thier stories, and Elmo had quite a few to tell. It was a pleasure and an honor to know him, I will never forget him.

February 17, 2013

Elmo is a treasure...a decorated and honored WWII warrior and a highly respected member of America's "Greatest Generation." He was a blessed
patriarch of a God-fearing and highly respected family. His compassion for
and loyalty to his family is an example for others to follow. Elmo is adored and highly respected by his children and grand children. His son, Bruce, and our daughter, Debby, have three sons whose love and respect for their beloved Grandpa could never be measured. He was a devoted Christian ambassador to his city and community, and a beloved and trusted friend. As an articulate and highly talented spiritual counselor and devoted bible teacher at his church, he earned the respect, confidence, and trust from his brothers and sisters there; but, he also had a unique way of inspiring everyone with whom he came in contact. Jackie, my wife, and I, were two of those people. My strongest perception and memory of Elmo will always be that his Lord, Jesus, Christ was his life and light...His wife and children were his motivation and his greatest source of encouragement. Elmo was authentic, he was pure and just in his convictions, and he was a God-fearing man that Jackie and I will always love and admire...a role model for all believers. We will always treasure our time on earth with Elmo.

Tom and Jackie Musselman, (Woodbridge, VA)

Judy Dove

February 17, 2013

Uncle Elmo I will truly miss you. Your smile, your steadfast true Christian faith, and good wonderful father. I know you are with God and enjoying the wonders of heaven. My heart goes out to you Aunt Eula, Marsha, Cindy and Bruce. My prayer is that God will give you his peace that surpasses all understanding.

Tim & Phyllis Hamilston

February 17, 2013

Bless the sons and daughters of Elmo Smith. I see in your lives the strength that your dad left you. Eula, you were blessed to have him for 66 years. May God give you comfort and strength beyond measure. Our deepest sympathies.

Mackie Butler

February 17, 2013

The Smith Family/ Bruce find Peace in knowing your father now has gone to be with Jesus and all your family that is there already/ Earth loss is now Heaven gain/ Praying God will keep you and your family strong with the loss of your Father/ Mackie Butler, Northridge Freewill Baptist church we are all praying for you and your family

February 17, 2013

What more can be said about a man who brought some much joy to everybody he met. I will greatly miss my Uncle who did so much for me growing up and in my adult life. Its Heavens gain and our loss, but I know one day we will meet again. Good-bye for now Ol Buddy I Love You.

Mike Eversole

John and Pam Zambenini

February 16, 2013

What a legacy Elmo has left through his wonderful family. It is a real tribute to both him and Eula and we are sure he has heard, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

Byron Smith

February 16, 2013

Heaven is a better place today. Uncle Elmo"s smile will never be forgotten, and a spirit that comes only from being a child of the King. Gods Speed Uncle Elmo. we are all blessed just to have known you.