In loving memory of Sister Fonnie Slone Smith. She was born on Monday Dec. 24, 1928 on a lovely Christmas
Eve and passed from this life on Tuesday Feb. 27, 2001 at St Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY. Her stay on this
earth was 72 years, 2 months and 3 days.
Sister Fonnie leaves to mourn, 1 brother, Rufus Slone, 4-sisters, Lassie Slone, Artis Slone, Violet Francis,
and Freida Schmelzela and a host of very, very special nieces and nephews and many, many friends that loved
We can’t say we’re writing this obituary with a sad heart, but with a mind full of sweet memories of a dear
aunt and sister in the Lord. On a Christmas Eve in 1924, a little bundle of joy was born to Pierce Slone and
Tenie Owens Slone. What a Christmas gift God had given them. She was a precious angel. Everyone who
knew Sister Fonnie loved her. She never had any children of her own, but she sure loved all children, especially
her nieces and nephews. Sister Fonnie had a hard life in this world.
She had much sorrow. She gave up three husbands in death-Wilburn Slone, Jerry Campbell and Dan Smith.
She also had to give up two brothers- Benton Slone and Bervige Slone. Through all her pain and sorrow, she
always turned to the Lord. She never lost faith and the Lord never let her down. He was always there to
Sister Fonnie found the need for a Savior many, many years ago. She became a member, of the Little
Bethlehem Old Regular Baptist Church and seemed really happy. The ones who knew her, will always
remember those little hands raised toward Heaven, shouting, and praising the name of her Jesus. I don’t think I
ever heard her say a dozen words without mentioning Jesus. She would talk of how she could not sleep at
night. She would lay in bed praying for her family friends and neighbors. She always seemed happy and was
praising the Lord.
Sister Fonnie lived many lonely years of her life in and out of nursing homes. But, the last few years of her
life, the Lord blessed her to live in a small house in a great neighborhood in the Trace Fork of Caney, KY. It
seemed like the whole neighborhood loved her so much. It was so amazing how they all watched over her and
gave her special attention, even the young children. I think we could write for days just remembering our sweet
Fonnie. I guess this is enough to let you know of her love, kindness and most of all her faith and relationship with
her Savior Jesus Christ. Sister Fonnie’s family and friends will always miss her. We are happy in our hearts
knowing her pain and sorrow is all over and she’s at peace forever in the arms of Jesus.
Written By: her nephew and his wife,
Bro. Marion and Sister Dee Slone