Robert Dean Smithey

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Robert Dean Smithey, 78, of Marshall, died Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, with Pastor Ralph Varner officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Mar-Saline Manor and an online guestbook is available at

Born July 13, 1938, in Marshall, he was the son of the late Forest Smithey and Myrtle Sims Smithey. Robert was married to Evelyn Ruth Yates for 55 years and she preceded him in death on Sept. 14, 2013. Robert worked as a farmer most of his life, usually working from daylight until dark. He loved it when family and friends would visit and enjoyed just talking to people. Robert enjoyed fishing, going to sprint car races and just relaxing in front of the television, watching old westerns. He had a stroke that left him paralyzed on his right side, but he learned to care for himself for many years, amazing everyone. He was a good-hearted person who would help anyone in need.

Survivors include four children, Deanna Stover of Marshall, Kris Welch and husband James of Marshall, Alan Smithey and wife Debbie of Stockton, and Jamie Smithey of Waverly; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; as well as nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Michael Smithey; one grandson, Brian Welch; one son-in-law, Johnny Stover; one brother, James Smithey; and one sister, Lucille Zimmerman.