Lonnie Smith Jr., 43, head of an advertising firm

May 04, 2002

Lonnie Smith Jr., a Baltimore graphic artist who established a communications and advertising company, died Sunday of multiple myeloma at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 43.

A resident of Chase, Mr. Smith was born in Washington and raised in Middle River. He was a 1978 graduate of Overlea High School and earned his bachelor's degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

He had worked in Baltimore for B.G. Green Co., Reproduction Specialties and Hewlett-Packard Co., before founding Smith Communications and Advertising.

Mr. Smith enjoyed photography and riding his bike.

His marriage to the former Denise Brunson ended in divorce.

He was a member of Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 816 York Road, Towson, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today.

Mr. Smith is survived by his daughter, December Smith of Perry Hall; his mother, Louise Smith of Middle River; a brother, Kevin L. Smith of Middle River; a sister, Pamela L. Smith of Baltimore; and maternal grandmother, Estelle Glover of Charleston, S.C.

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