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Ima Jean Pike

83, Searcy, Arkansas
September 22, 1930 - August 31, 2014

Billy Joe Travis

62, Jacksonville, Arkansas
January 14, 1952 - August 31, 2014

John James Hayes

72, Bald Knob, Arkansas
August 21, 1942 - August 31, 2014

Mary Lee (Branscum) Phifer

78, Judsonia, Arkansas
December 10, 1935 - August 31, 2014

Elmer Shirley

94, Cabot, Arkansas
August 30, 2014

Bill Holbert

75, North Little Rock, Arkansas
August 30, 2014

Billy Gene Boyd

82, Searcy, Arkansas
November 14, 1931 - August 30, 2014

Velma Ellen Cowan

94, Heber Springs, Arkansas
July 6, 1920 - August 29, 2014

Lewis Dawson Smith

81, Little Rock, Arkansas
November 28, 1932 - August 29, 2014

Georgeann Louise Osam

85, Little Rock, Arkansas
February 3, 1929 - August 29, 2014

Georgiann Ward

71, Cabot, Arkansas
March 28, 1943 - August 29, 2014

Bill N. Sipes

78, Bryant, Arkansas
September 2, 1935 - August 28, 2014

Henry Onel Bradney

89, Searcy, Arkansas
March 11, 1925 - August 28, 2014

Kevin "Bubba" Orr

50, Houston, Arkansas
June 13, 1964 - August 28, 2014

Z.L. Feagin

91, Bald Knob, Arkansas
December 29, 1922 - August 28, 2014

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Notable Obituaries

Jimi Jamison, 63 (1951 - 2014)

Jimi Jamison The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Jimi Jamison, who sang lead on Survivor hits such as "Burning Heart" and "Is This Love," has died. He was 63.Booking agent Sally Irwin said Tuesday that Jamison died last weekend of an apparent heart attack at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. He had returned to Memphis after performing in California.Jamison joined the group in 1984, after it had already become known for "Eye of the Tiger," the theme song to the Sylvester Stallone film "Rocky III." With...

Carol Vadnais, 68 (1945 - 2014)

Carol Vadnais The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Former NHL defenseman Carol Vadnais, a six-time all-star, has died. He was 68.The New York Rangers reported on their website that Vadnais, who spent seven seasons with the team, passed away Sunday. A cause of death was not given.Vadnais made his NHL debut in 1966-67 with his hometown Montreal Canadiens and played 17 NHL seasons, winning Stanley Cups in 1968 with Montreal and 1972 with Boston. He also played for the California Golden Seals and New Jersey...

Bruce Hodgman (2014)

Bruce Hodgman The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — A former newsman who worked for The Associated Press for 39 years has died in New York. Bruce Hodgman was 76.His wife, Marion Hodgman, says he died Friday at a hospital 18 months after he was diagnosed with cancer.Hodgman began his AP career in 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut, as a capitol correspondent, sending reports by teletype. He transferred to AP headquarters in New York three years later, working as an editor and supervisor until his 2001 retirement...

Sergio Rodrigues (2014)

Sergio Rodrigues JENNY BARCHFIELD, The Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Celebrated Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues, whose "Mole" armchair is among the most iconic pieces of Brazilian mid-century design, has died. He was 86 years old.Rodrigues' secretary, Carla Claro, says Rodrigues died of liver failure Monday at his home in Rio de Janeiro.A Rio native, Rodrigues studied architecture before turning to furniture design. According to his official biography, he designed more than 1,200 different pieces...

Stefan Andrei, 83 (1931 - 2014)

Stefan Andrei The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Stefan Andrei, a foreign minister under communism who decreased Romania's dependency on the Soviet Union, has died. He was 83.Andrei died Sunday at home, according to a foreign ministry official who declined to be named because she was not authorized to report the death.Andrei was named foreign minister in 1978 and developed ties with African and Asian countries which gave former Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu a reputation as a maverick among...

Joseph Persico, 84 (1930 - 2014)

Joseph Persico The Associated PressGUILDERLAND, New York (AP) — A best-selling author, historian and speechwriter for then-New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller has died. Joseph Persico was 84.His wife, Sylvia Persico, says he died Saturday at a hospital in Albany after a long illness.Persico published 12 books including biographies of Rockefeller, Colin Powell, Edward R. Murrow, CIA director William Casey and President Franklin Roosevelt. He was selected to write the words etched in granite at the National...

Bjorn Waldegard (2014)

Bjorn Waldegard The Associated PressSTOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish Automobile Sports Federation says Bjorn Waldegard, who won 16 world championship rallies during a career that spanned four decades, has died. He was 70.Federation chairman Kenneth Thoren says Waldegard, known by his nickname "Walle, "put Swedish Automobile Sports on the world map."Thoren said Saturday one of Waldegard's biggest wins was in Africa in 1992, which ironically led to his retirement the same year after he suffered a broken arm during...

Manuel Pertegaz (1917 - 2014)

Manuel Pertegaz The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — Manuel Pertegaz, one of Spain's most admired fashion designers who dressed Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy and Ava Gardner, has died. He was 96.Pertegaz died Saturday in his hometown of Barcelona, according to Spain's education and culture minister, Jose Ignacio Wert.Wert said in a statement that he regretted Pertegaz's passing, adding that to think of the designer was "to think of elegance."The statement said Pertegaz had "dressed queens, princesses,...

Glenn Cornick, 87 (1927 - 2014)

Glenn Cornick CATHY BUSSEWITZ, The Associated PressHONOLULU (AP) — Glenn Cornick, the original bass player in the rock band Jethro Tull, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hilo, Hawaii, on Thursday.Drew Cornick says his 67-year-old father had been receiving hospice care.Cornick performed with Jethro Tull from its inception in late 1967 until 1970.The band's vocalist and floutist, Ian Anderson, says on the band's website that Cornick brought bravado to Jethro Tull's early stage performances....

Werner Franz (2014)

Werner Franz FRANK JORDANS, The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Werner Franz, believed to be the last surviving crew member of the German airship Hindenburg that crashed 77 years ago, has died. He was 92.Franz was a 14-year-old cabin boy when the hydrogen-filled Zeppelin caught fire and crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 6, 1937. The disaster was captured by waiting photographers, film crews and a radio broadcaster on the ground, making it one of history's most iconic air accidents.Luck and quick...

John A. Walker, 77 (1937 - 2014)

John A. Walker MICHAEL BIESECKER, The Associated PressRALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina, officials said Friday.Retired Navy Warrant Officer John A. Walker Jr. died Thursday at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said. The cause of death was not immediately released. He was 77.Walker was sentenced to life in...

Jack Kraft (2014)

Jack Kraft The Associated Press VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Jack Kraft, the Villanova basketball coach who guided the Wildcats to the 1971 NCAA title game and coached such players as Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni and Howard Porter, has died. He was 93. He died Thursday in New Jersey, the school said in a statement Friday. Kraft coached the Wildcats for a dozen seasons and finished with 238 victories and a .715 winning percentage. His teams went to the postseason in 11 of his 12 years. "Coach Kraft...

Roger Clarke (2014)

Roger Clarke DAVID McFADDEN, The Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Roger Clarke, a Jamaican government minister whose affable personality often bridged the Caribbean island's deep political divide, died Thursday in Florida. He was 74.The Jamaican prime minister's office said Clarke experienced chest pains Thursday morning while waiting for a flight at Miami International Airport. Rescuers began CPR and an ambulance rushed him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at around noon.Officials from...

Ahmed Seif (2014)

Ahmed Seif SARAH EL DEEB, The Associated PressCAIRO (AP) — Ahmed Seif, one of Egypt's most prominent civil rights lawyer and campaigner, died Wednesday from complications following heart surgery. He was 63.Seif died in a Cairo hospital after spending nearly two weeks in an intensive care unit. He was one of Egypt's leading rights campaigners, imprisoned in the 1970s and 1980s for his activism against government policies. He spent at least five years in prison, during which he was tortured.After his...

William Greaves, 87 (1926 - 2014)

William Greaves HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — William Greaves, the Emmy-award winning co-host and executive producer of a groundbreaking television news program and a prolific filmmaker whose subjects ranged from Muhammad Ali to the Harlem Renaissance to the black middle class, has died at age 87.Greaves died Monday at his Manhattan home after a prolonged illness, according to his granddaughter, Liani Greaves.A minister's son born in New York City, Greaves had a diverse background that...

Valeri Petrov, 94 (1920 - 2014)

Valeri Petrov The Associated PressSOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet, who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, has died at age 94.Petrov's family said he died Wednesday in a Sofia hospital following a stroke.Valeri Nissim Mevorah, better known by his pen-name, Valeri Petrov, was born on April 22, 1920, in Sofia to a Jewish father and Bulgarian mother.Besides poems, novels and translations from Russian, Italian and English, Petrov authored numerous...

George Barrett (2014)

George Barrett LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Barrett, a longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, has died. He was 86.Barrett died Tuesday at a hospital, several partners of his Nashville-based law firm told The Associated Press.In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Barrett also represented corporate whistleblowers, fought for labor rights and tackled securities...

Alfredo Martini, 93 (1921 - 2014)

Alfredo Martini The Associated PressROME (AP) — Alfredo Martini, Italy's former national cycling team coach who guided the squad to six world titles, has died. He was 93.The Italian cycling federation says Martini died late Monday at his home in Sesto Fiorentino after battling a series of medical problems in his final months.Under Martini's guidance from 1975 to 1997, Italy won six gold, six silver and eight bronze medals at the road world championships. The titles were won by Francesco Moser (1977),...

Enrique Zileri (2014)

Enrique Zileri FRANK BAJAK, The Associated Press LIMA, Peru (AP) — Enrique Zileri, who as longtime director of Peru's leading newsmagazine defied despotism and battled corruption with stubborn independence, died Monday at age 83. Under Zileri, Caretas magazine was highly critical of the dictatorships that have afflicted modern Peru, Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa said in a statement, calling him an "indefatigable defender of freedom and democracy" whose weekly "could never be bribed or...

John G. Sperling, 93 (1921 - 2014)

John G. Sperling By BOB SEAVEY and ASTRID GALVAN Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — John G. Sperling was in his teens — illiterate and the survivor of a childhood filled with illness — when a shipmate in the Merchant Marine taught him to read. Enchanted by the likes of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sperling began a journey through higher education that ultimately led to his founding of the University of Phoenix, a for-profit institution. Sperling, 93, a billionaire, died Friday at a...

Steven R. Nagel (2014)

Steven R. Nagel The Associated PressHOUSTON (AP) — Steven R. Nagel, a former astronaut who flew on four space shuttle flights, has died after a long illness. He was 67.NASA said in a news release that Nagel died Thursday. Longtime friend Ed Reinholtz said Nagel died of cancer in Columbia, Missouri.Nagel was a test pilot for the Air Force before becoming an astronaut in 1979.NASA said he was a mission specialist during a June 1985 Discovery flight and the pilot aboard the Challenger in October 1985. He was...

Richard Attenborough, 90 (1923 - 2014)

Richard Attenborough By GREGORY KATZ and JAKE COYLE Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Richard Attenborough was a lord, an Oscar-winning director for the much-lauded "Gandhi" and an unflagging pillar to British cinema. But Attenborough, who died Sunday at 90, was best known as Dickie. Baby-faced as a young actor and whitely bearded in his older age, Attenborough — warmly known as "Dickie Darling" — presided over six decades of British moviemaking as both an actor and filmmaker with a genial warmth that...

Gerald One Feather (2014)

Gerald One Feather The Associated PressOGLALA, South Dakota (AP) — Gerald One Feather, the legendary Oglala Sioux leader, former tribal president and tireless advocate for educational opportunities, has died. He was 76.Longtime friend Tom Katus told The Associated Press that One Feather died Thursday at a Rapid City hospital. Katus said One Feather had a massive stroke while on dialysis in Pine Ridge before being taken to the hospital.One Feather was born in 1938 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, one of the...

Philippine de Rothschild, 80 (1933 - 2014)

Philippine de Rothschild JAMEY KEATEN, The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Philippine de Rothschild, an energetic and self-certain grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards owned by the family dynasty, has died, her company said Sunday. She was 80.She died Friday in a Paris "from the effects of a serious operation", winemaker Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA said in a statement, without specifying further.De Rothschild, who cracked a male-dominated wine industry to become company...

Toby Massey (2014)

Toby Massey DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Toby Massey, a photographer and photo editor who directed coverage of presidents and political conventions as well as natural disasters, the space program and sporting events during a 38-year career with The Associated Press, died Thursday. He was 80.Massey died at home in Columbia, South Carolina, where he had moved this year after experiencing heart trouble, said his daughter, Christine Massey McNeill, who lived with him.Massey...