Charles Joshua Smelser, 27, of McNeil passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021 in McNeil, Arkansas.
He was born on October 1, 1993 in Magnolia. Josh was a 2012 graduate of Magnolia High School where he was on the Panthers football team and the trap team and graduated from SAU Tech Welding Academy. Growing up, Josh was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow, and attended First Baptist Church.
He was employed as an operator for Albemarle Corporation and a member of the West Plant Fire Brigade and Rescue Team. In his spare time, he loved to hunt and fish and anything outdoors, shoot and build guns and reload his own ammunition. He was a jokester and always had fun while leading his pack of friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, James Ledell Smelser; maternal grandmother, Cathy Lentz; maternal grandfather, Richard Loe; and great-grandparents, Sport and Myrtis Blankenship.
Josh is survived by his fiancé, Amber Massey of McNeil; mother, Jan and Willie Glover; father, Charles and Page Smelser; brother, Jimmy and Amy Smelser; paternal grandmother, Joyce Smelser; nephew, Haygen Smelser; niece, Raylee May, all of Magnolia; Aunt Sue and Ricky Nash of Mount Holly; stepsiblings, Kiery and Corey McMullen of Dallas, Garrett Glover and Whitney Glover, both of Texarkana, Lorie and Eric Hamilton of Snook, TX, Willie and Vanessa Glover Jr. of Poway, CA; Jonathon Jordon of Magnolia, Krystal and Travis Gore of Fouke; and a step-nephew Kaden Gore of Fouke; and a host of extended family and friends.
A guest book and video tribute will be available at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Lewis Funeral Home.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Falcon Cemetery with Patrick Finney and Corey Martin officiating under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc.
Memorial donations may be made to the Magnolia High School Trap Team.
Pallbearers will be Haygen Smelser, Chance Nash, Josh Hines, Terrell Fulton, Matt Finney, Colton Barnhart, Greg Sherman and Jonathon Jordan.