Lonnie Grady Chance
A funeral service for Lonnie Grady Chance, 91, Arapaho resident, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Arapaho Assembly of God Church, officiated by Rev. Gilbert Johnson.
Chance died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in his Arapaho home. He was born Sept. 15, 1922 in Bee Branch, Ark., the son of John William Chance and Rosa Belle (Pearson) Chance.
Chance was raised in Morrilton, Ark., where he attended school. He joined the Navy on Aug. 15, 1950 in Little Rock, Ark.
He served in the Pacific in the Korean War and World War II. After his discharge, he worked in the shipyards for National Steel in San Diego, Calif. for about three years.
He married Martha Marie Roberts on Feb. 2, 1946 in Morrilton, Ark. They moved to Oklahoma City in 1955 where he was employed with Oklahoma General Electric (OG&E).
They then moved to Thomas for three years and to Tulsa for a short time where he worked for Douglas Aviation.
In 1964, they moved to Clinton where both Lonnie and Marie became beauty operators and owned and operated the 66 Beauty Shop for several years. They retired in 1990 and made their home in Arapaho.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marie; a son, David Grady in 1951; four brothers, Leo, Marlin, Clifton, and Darrel; a sister, Dorotha Little; and a grandson, Kenneth Chance.
He was a member of the Arapaho Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include his son, Ronnie Chance, and his wife, Vickii, of Kemper, Texas; a daughter, Wanda Denley and her husband, Buddy, of Grand Saline, Texas; a brother, Wilburn Chance, of Whittington, Texas; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Burial will follow in the Arapaho Cemetery, under the direction of Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.