Loren Dean "Smokey" Markwell (86) of Greenup


Published on April 24 2014 2:47 pm

Loren Dean (Smokey) Markwell, 86, of Greenup went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.  
Funeral services will be Sunday, April 27, at 3pm at Toledo Christian Church with visitation from 1 to 3pm Sunday.  Burial will be in Toledo Christian Church with military rites assisted by Cumberland County Veterans.  Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup is assisting the family.  Memorials to Toledo Christian Church or St. Anthony's Hospice.
Smokey was 86 years old and had enjoyed relatively good health until August 2013 when he began his treatments for Stage 4 cancer.
Smokey was born February 10, 1928 to George Alva Markwell and Mabel (Dillier) Markwell.  He is survived by his wife Nellie Ruth (Carr) Markwell...daughter Linda Ruth Markwell (friend Clete Cohorst)...granddaughters Missy Jones- Bromenshenkel (husband Tim) and Wendy Akbar (husband Kamau)...and great grandchildren, Sophie and Elle Jones, and Natiya and KJ Akbar.  
Smokey was preceded in death by son, Terry Dean Markwell, as well as 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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