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James Dennis, age 74

James Dennis, age 74, of Sherwood, AR, went to be with the Lord on Saturday April 6, 2024. James was born on August 1, 1949 to Allie Hue and Dora Belle Dennis in Walnut Ridge, AR.

James graduated in 1969 from North Little Rock High School. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971. James was proud of growing up in the Levy area and continued to have many lifelong friends from his childhood there. James met the love of his life, Alise Dennis, in 1977, and they wed in Gravel Ridge, AR on January 5, 1980.

James was a fixer of all things, loved motorcycles, classic cars, and racing of all kinds. He enjoyed traveling and preferred driving over flying so he could see everything along the way. He loved the beach and took his family there on many trips over the years. James never met a stranger and made everyone he ever met feel like family. He could show up on your doorstep at any given time but it never seemed to be a burden to anyone. James would do anything for his family and loved his kids and grandkids more than anything. You could see his eyes light up when talking about them to any of his friends. He was the best Dad, Poppy, Husband, and friend anyone could ask for.

James was preceded in death by his father Allie Hue Dennis and his mother Dora Belle Dennis.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Alise Dennis, daughter Jamie Montgomery, son Tim Dennis (Gina), son Brad Dennis (Jessie), daughter Tori Dennis (Shane Boyer), daughter Mary Wildhaber (Chris), grandchildren Bryce, Asher, Lily, Joel, Corbin, Sage, Gracie, Meaghan, Adison, Cannen, great grandson Boston, cousins Charlotte Moss (Calvin), Alette Verkler, and 103 year old Aunt Wanza Vermilye, and many other family members and friends.

A family hosted memorial service will be held for James on Friday April 12, 2024 at 6:00 PM at Kellogg Valley Baptist Church, 9516 Bamboo Lane Sherwood, Arkansas 72120.

Cremation arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076.  His online guestbook is available at


  • Leeanda & Eric Nelson Posted April 8, 2024 6:19 PM

    We are so very sorry for your loss. What a precious man James was. He always had that mischievous glint in his eye and a smile on his face when I saw him. He’s been a part of my entire life being friends with my daddy all these years since first grade. We have been and will continue to pray for your sweet family. Sending our love to you all.

  • MIKE WEBB Posted April 8, 2024 6:47 PM

    I am sorry & hurt for James passing. I loved him more than a brother. He was one of a kind,so easy going & laid back. We have had so many good times from high school till now. Drag racing , Nascar trips, Flat track racing trips, Fishing & Camping trips & so much more. I know he was a Christian & loved Jesus & will be welcomed in Heaven . Will see you again my friend . I love you,

  • Lee Ann Finch Posted April 8, 2024 7:22 PM

    To the Dennis family, I am so very sorry for this huge loss to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Bill House Posted April 8, 2024 8:24 PM

    Prayers Alise to you r family love Billy Paul ❤️

  • Brenda Lea Staton Posted April 8, 2024 11:15 PM

    Praying for you all! James always had a smile and a kind word! He sure will be missed

  • Ken Partridge Posted April 9, 2024 4:15 AM

    James is a long time friend, we were in the same graduating class of 1969. Prayers for James and his family.

  • Lora lea and Kenny West Posted April 9, 2024 6:24 AM

    So very sorry for your loss. Such a kind soul, he will be truly missed.

  • Sharon and Danny Spears Posted April 9, 2024 9:39 AM

    Danny and are so very sorry. Prayers for all the family

  • Paul Sadler Posted April 9, 2024 11:29 AM

    Sorry for the loss of a Truly Good Person , I Have known James over 50 + years, many good times and stories that cant be told. He will be missed by all who knew him. Pray for his family

  • Emily Davis Posted April 9, 2024 11:30 AM

    Dear Alise and Family,
    I was so very sorry to learn about James’ death. He was definitely “Levy proud “! James was one of the most kindhearted people I knew. His love for you all was second to none. May you be comforted by all the beautiful family memories. My sincere sympathy to you and may God’s peace be with you. Sincerely, Emily Davis

  • Ruth Posted April 9, 2024 11:53 AM

    I only had the pleasure knowing him for 6 short years, but I considered him my extended family. He was easy to be around and made me feel right at home. I’m so sorry Alise keep your chin up. I love you

  • Clifford Pearson Jr. Posted April 9, 2024 11:56 AM

    Went to School with James and Saw him out many times. Just a real great Genuine guy. Sure am going to miss Knowing that he’s not still around. Praying for his family through this Very difficult time. God be with all you through this.

  • Paula Uekman Posted April 9, 2024 7:39 PM

    So truly sorry for the passing of James. I’ve known him all my life, as my brother’s friend and growing up on Camp Robinson. I know there was no treasure he would not pass up. He truly was gem. I’m truly blessed to have known him . Sending comfort and peace to family.

  • Beckey Melton Posted April 10, 2024 2:48 PM

    Praying for you Alise and your family.

  • Jimmy Woodward Posted April 11, 2024 11:39 AM

    Rest in Peace James. You will be missed!

  • Monica Hollingshead Posted April 11, 2024 3:18 PM

    Praying for comfort and peace to this family.

  • Sharon and Danny Spears Posted April 11, 2024 6:00 PM

    Danny and are so sorry for your loss. Knowing James all these years we can’t think of anything but good about him. Rest in peace James

  • Andy Everett Posted April 11, 2024 7:12 PM

    Sorry for your loss.

  • Steve Simpson Posted April 11, 2024 7:58 PM

    He was good & he was fun. I had only seen him at few Levy Rat reunions in recent years & he was the same James as always. Had many good times in older days on Camp Robinson. He will be missed when stories are told & prayers are said. Godspeed James. Words fail when grief is present. May his family find solace remembering his love & kindness.

  • Steve and Ann Harper Posted April 11, 2024 9:26 PM

    God speed dear friend…God speed.

  • James McGowan Posted April 11, 2024 11:58 PM

    A long time friend gone too soon. I’m sure he was well received.

  • Dean Posted April 12, 2024 1:05 PM

    Jamie and family my prayers are with you. Nothing I can say will ease your pain but we know the one who can JESUS. I speak peace and joy over you all. With Love

  • Jonathan Dawes and sons Preston & Harper Dawes Posted April 13, 2024 3:44 AM

    For as long as I can remember James has been close to my family as one of my father’s closest friends. Always looked forward to meeting up with James and my dad at car shows when the opportunity presented itself. And any time James was in my home it never failed that he would fix the sink or a running toilet while he was there. They don’t make ‘em any better than James. My heart goes out to his family.

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