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Bobby Arlen Hays

80, Little Rock, Arkansas
August 13, 1934 - April 18, 2015

Frank Shanshala

86, Sherwood, Arkansas
January 24, 1929 - April 17, 2015

Marilyn Jean Allen

Searcy, Arkansas
April 17, 2015

Veronica Aikins

66, Cabot, Arkansas
January 9, 1949 - April 16, 2015

Dotty Jean Wolfe

79, Heber Springs, Arkansas
November 2, 1935 - April 16, 2015

Scott Mckenzie Snider

47, Little Rock, Arkansas
November 21, 1967 - April 16, 2015

Margie Woodall

83, Little Rock, Arkansas
September 21, 1931 - April 16, 2015

Ada Ree McCall

88, Conway, Arkansas
January 31, 1927 - April 16, 2015

Linda Ann Gordon

77, Little Rock, Arkansas
September 2, 1937 - April 16, 2015

Mary Stephanie Carr

93, Searcy, Arkansas
June 19, 1921 - April 16, 2015

Arthur Rudek

83, Benton, Arkansas
January 19, 1932 - April 16, 2015

Mary Jane Vaughan

59, Austin, Arkansas
April 15, 2015

Jewell Bailey Pettit

93, Heber Springs, Arkansas
March 28, 1922 - April 15, 2015

Elizabeth Brooke Pipkin

16, Cabot, Arkansas
October 3, 1998 - April 15, 2015

Gladys Evans

75, Lonoke, Arkansas
March 15, 1940 - April 15, 2015

Denna Faye Hicks

46, Des Arc, Arkansas
April 15, 2015

Wilda Stroman

87, Maumelle, Arkansas
January 12, 1928 - April 15, 2015

J.T. Carter

85, Conway, Arkansas
January 3, 1930 - April 15, 2015

James Lewis Gilliam

68, Alexander, Arkansas
November 10, 1946 - April 15, 2015

Ralph E. Burroughs

91, Damascus, Arkansas
October 4, 1923 - April 15, 2015

J. T. Carter

85, Conway, Arkansas
January 3, 1930 - April 15, 2015

Karla June Kirkpatrick

57, Houston, Arkansas
December 14, 1957 - April 14, 2015

Kristi June Lashlee

77, Conway, Arkansas
June 4, 1937 - April 14, 2015

Jacob Ditullio

Cabot, Arkansas
April 14, 2015

Elizabeth Barrett

70, Cabot, Arkansas
April 8, 1945 - April 14, 2015

Edward K. Weise

92, Benton, Arkansas
November 18, 1922 - April 14, 2015

Carolyn Jo Cook

61, Bryant, Arkansas
August 13, 1953 - April 14, 2015

Sherman Earnest Bryant

82, Jacksonville, Arkansas
November 4, 1932 - April 14, 2015

Marjorie E. Sumners

85, Bee Branch, Arkansas
July 7, 1929 - April 14, 2015

Gary Dwayne Pinkerton

59, Little Rock, Arkansas
June 4, 1955 - April 14, 2015

Murlee Perry

77, Morrilton, Arkansas
April 13, 2015

Arthur Roller, Jr.

83, Beebe, Arkansas
August 20, 1931 - April 13, 2015

James Lowell Halbert

89, Heber Springs, Arkansas
January 12, 1926 - April 13, 2015

Peter Jones San Nicolas

64, Benton, Arkansas
October 2, 1950 - April 13, 2015

Peter J. SanNicolas

64, Benton, Arkansas
October 2, 1950 - April 13, 2015

James Eugene Bennett

75, Searcy, Arkansas
April 13, 2015

Herman Lloyd Anderson

69, North Little Rock, Arkansas
October 9, 1945 - April 13, 2015

Frank Eugene Chaney, Jr.

79, Sherwood, Arkansas
November 20, 1935 - April 13, 2015

Frances W. Love

90, Little Rock, Arkansas
January 11, 1925 - April 13, 2015

Billie Ann Claghorn

85, Little Rock, Arkansas
February 16, 1930 - April 13, 2015

Emogene Baker

86, Bald Knob, Arkansas
October 4, 1928 - April 13, 2015

Leann Hanshaw

72, Cabot, Arkansas
June 17, 1942 - April 13, 2015

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Johnny Kemp, 55 (1959 - 2015)

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Lee Remmel, 90 (1924 - 2015)

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Juan Leon (2015)

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Cardinal Francis George, 78 (1937 - 2015)

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U.S. Sen. Robert Griffin, 91 (1923 - 2015)

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Paul Almond, 83 (1931 - 2015)

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Mike Mitchell (2015)

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Stanislav Gross, 45 (1969 - 2015)

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Jimmy Gunn, 66 (1948 - 2015)

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Thelma Coyne Long, 96 (1918 - 2015)

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Homaro Cantu, 38 (1976 - 2015)

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Mark Reeds, 55 (1960 - 2015)

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David L. Pyle (2015)

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Percy Sledge, 73 (1941 - 2015)

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Gerry Calabrese (2015)

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Bill Arhos (2015)

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Eduardo Galeano, 74 (1940 - 2015)

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Guenter Grass, 87 (1927 - 2015)

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Sheila Kitzinger, 86 (1929 - 2015)

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Robert Kirkland, 77 (1938 - 2015)

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Jean-Louis Cremieux-Brilhac, 98 (1917 - 2015)

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Raul Hector Castro, 98 (1916 - 2015)

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Lauren Hill, 19 (1995 - 2015)

Lauren Hill By JOE KAY, The Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Lauren Hill's teammates and coaches are remembering the 19-year-old college basketball player with her own inspiring words: "Never give up." An example she lived by as she fought a brain tumor and rallied those around her to help her achieve her dream of playing in a game. Several hundred students gathered on the grassy quad at Mount St. Joseph on Friday, spelling out Hill's No. 22 with blue plastic cups on a chain-link fence a few...

Richie Benaud, 84 (1930 - 2015)

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