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Dennis Ray Smithers Sr., age 68

Dennis Ray Smithers Sr., passed away in Cushman, Arkansas on July 11, 2021 at the age of 68.

Born in Lepanto, Arkansas in 1953, Dennis was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of the American Numismatic Association.
An avid outdoorsman, Dennis loved hunting, fishing, camping, and gardening. Other interests included collecting and dealing in old paper money, raising livestock, and taxidermy.

Dennis is preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Smithers; his sister Mary Reynolds; and his grandparents, Lee and Willie VanHorn.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Veta Smithers; a son, Dennis Smithers, Jr. (and his wife Angela); two daughters, Stephanie Gunther (and her husband Jonathon), & Ashley Smithers; four grandchildren, Tyler Mickle, Trey Mickle, Trenton Mickle, & Gracie Gunther; three siblings, David Cox (and his wife Karen), Cynthia Cox (and her husband Jeff), & Leoma Martin (and a very special brother-in-law, Marty); his mother, Violet Cox. He also had several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Dennis is known in the horror movie community, gaining a cult following for portraying the psycho backwoodsman Keller McGavin in the motion picture “A Bothered Conscience” in 2006.

Per Dennis’s request, cremation will be provided by A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076 and no viewing or funeral service held. Dennis’s online guestbook is available at


  • Theresa “Harmon” Branscum Posted July 13, 2021 12:23 PM

    My Deepest Sympathy to all the family , prayers for peace and comfort today and the days ahead🙏RIP My friend❤️

  • Mitzi Felts Posted July 13, 2021 1:08 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss Veta I love you prayers for all the family

  • Edna Barnett Posted July 13, 2021 2:23 PM

    Denise “Deers” was like a dad to me, he treated me like one of his daughters! My heart breaks for the family! You all will continue to be in my prayers. Love you all. Rest In Peace I will cherish our memories.

  • Stephanie Gunther Posted July 13, 2021 3:34 PM

    You are forever in my heart. I love you dad.

  • Gina Garrison Posted July 13, 2021 5:42 PM

    I don’t know what to say. At a time as this what words could fill that place in a heart? Just please know our prayers are being said for Dennis Smithers family.

  • Tomza Vanhorn Posted July 13, 2021 6:41 PM

    Sorry to hear of your passing love your cuz tomza vanhorn

  • STEPHEN MARTIN Posted July 13, 2021 7:40 PM

    Travel well Uncle, you memory lives on in family and friends.

  • Debbie O’Neal Posted July 13, 2021 8:04 PM

    My prayers are with yall

  • Jacqueline (Banks) Ronnie, Wyatt, & Waylon Jayne Posted July 15, 2021 12:43 AM

    Till we meet again.💗

  • Kimberlee Swisher Posted July 15, 2021 12:48 AM

    I send my Deepest sympathy for your loss. 🙏✝️🙏

  • Jacob Banks Posted July 16, 2021 12:29 PM

    My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

  • Dennis Smithers, Jr. Posted July 17, 2021 10:04 AM

    Well….what are we gonna do now? You were the rock. Nothing looks or feels the same anymore.

  • Dennis Smithers Jr. Posted July 19, 2021 8:25 AM

    You were the rock the family leaned on. You ruled with an iron fist and gave with a heart of gold.

  • Glenn E Wright Posted July 26, 2021 5:07 PM

    I never had the chance to make your aquatintence in person however I communicate with Dennis Jr and I am sure you will live on through family and friends forever.
    Rest well sit.

  • Penny Wright Posted July 27, 2021 2:23 AM

    Dennis Smithers Jr. My Heartfelt condolences and prayers are lifted for you and your family, I am so very sorry to hear of your Father’s passing, I know that words cannot comfort the pain you are all feeling. God Bless you all with strength and comfort these days ahead.
    Penny Wright (Glenn’s wife)

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