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Don Durwood Robinson

81, Searcy, Arkansas
March 4, 1933 - August 20, 2014

David Akridge

59, Little Rock, Arkansas
February 27, 1955 - August 20, 2014

Virginia Sue Wise

89, Benton, Arkansas
August 19, 2014

Marilyn Ann Taylor

64, Searcy, Arkansas
April 2, 1950 - August 19, 2014

Mary Victoria Troillett Morris

60, Little Rock, Arkansas
August 18, 2014

Janice Judith Monroe

79, Little Rock, Arkansas
August 17, 2014

Mona Shaw

Bryant, Arkansas
August 17, 2014

Katherine Balluden

Bryant, Arkansas
August 17, 2014

Willie Mae Parks

100, Searcy, Arkansas
December 29, 1913 - August 17, 2014

Monte Douglas Meador

80, Hattieville, Arkansas
October 4, 1933 - August 17, 2014

David Carroll Powell

80, Benton, Arkansas
March 3, 1934 - August 17, 2014

Alma Lou LeQuieu

71, Little Rock, Arkansas
August 23, 1942 - August 17, 2014

Juanita Presson

86, Sherwood, Arkansas
November 20, 1927 - August 17, 2014

Sandra Jean Swinke

75, North Little Rock, Arkansas
August 16, 2014

Mary Christine Burcham

84, North Little Rock, Arkansas
October 12, 1929 - August 16, 2014

Twyla Kurtz

32, Redfield, Arkansas
June 14, 1982 - August 16, 2014

Jordan Michael Worley

34, Conway, Arkansas
December 11, 1979 - August 16, 2014

Zachery David Walters

19, Bee Branch, Arkansas
January 4, 1995 - August 16, 2014

Leota Jean Blair

83, Greenbrier, Arkansas
August 14, 1931 - August 16, 2014

Oretha Toland

89, Greenbrier, Arkansas
July 24, 1925 - August 16, 2014

Eva Ann Ross

93, Searcy, Arkansas
December 19, 1920 - August 16, 2014

Irby Ray Hall

82, Conway, Arkansas
November 4, 1931 - August 16, 2014

Carolyn Johnson

69, Mabelvale, Arkansas
November 12, 1944 - August 16, 2014

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Notable Obituaries

Joseph Bennett (2014)

Joseph Bennett DAVID McFADDEN, The Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican folk musician Joseph Bennett, who played a rollicking genre of traditional dance music with the long-running Jolly Boys, has died in his Caribbean homeland. He was 76.Music promoter Jon Baker said Thursday that the musician and singer nicknamed "Powda" died of respiratory problems Wednesday at a Kingston hospital."He will always be lovingly remembered as that cheeky little fellow in the Jolly Boys who danced and shook his...

Albert Reynolds, 81 (1932 - 2014)

Albert Reynolds SHAWN POGATCHNIK, The Associated Press DUBLIN (AP) — Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81. His eldest son, Philip, said he died around 3 a.m. at his Dublin home, where in recent years he required 24-hour care. The government ordered flags to fly at half-mast until Reynolds' state funeral...

Edmund Szoka, 86 (1927 - 2014)

Edmund Szoka MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II, has died at age 86. Szoka died of natural causes Wednesday night at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Michigan, the Archdiocese of Detroit said in a statement Thursday. "We mourn the loss of a dedicated shepherd," said Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron, who served as a priest under Szoka in...

Jason Bitsko (2014)

Jason Bitsko TOM WITHERS, The Associated PressCLEVELAND (AP) — Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died Wednesday.Police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue, the school said. The school said in a release the 21-year-old Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment shortly before 9 a.m.When Bitsko failed to show up at practice, calls were placed to Bitsko's roommate, who called 911...

B.K.S. Iyengar, 95 (1918 - 2014)

B.K.S. Iyengar NIRMALA GEORGE, The Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) — Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who helped popularize yoga around the world and wrote 14 books on the subject, died Wednesday at age 95.Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar's death was reported on his website as well as by major Indian TV stations, which said he had been hospitalized with a kidney ailment over the past week in the western city of Pune.Born in a poor family in Bellur village in the southern Indian state of Karnataka,...

Relatives of Pope Francis (2014)

Relatives of  Pope Francis BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in critical condition Tuesday after their car crash on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and a local police official said. The small car carrying a nephew of the pope along with the man's wife and two young children slammed into the back of a truck, said Highway Police Superintendent Jorge Raineri. The crash killed the wife and children, one 2 years old and the other 8 months. Photos showed...

Hashim Khan (2014)

Hashim Khan PAT GRAHAM, The Associated PressDENVER (AP) — Hashim Khan, one of the greatest squash players of all time, died of congestive heart failure Monday night. He was believed to be 100.His son, Mo, said in a phone interview that Khan died in his home in Aurora, Colorado, with family by his side.Khan was the patriarch who got the ball rolling on Pakistan's squash supremacy, winning seven British Open titles, including his first in 1951 at an age when most players retire. Khan brought his family to...

Dinu Patriciu, 64 (1950 - 2014)

Dinu Patriciu ALISON MUTLER, The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Dinu Patriciu, an emblematic politician from Romania's early post-communist years whose later career as an oil tycoon was marred by legal troubles, died Tuesday after a series of illnesses. He was 64.Patriciu died Tuesday in a London hospital, said former Prime Minister Petre Roman, a family friend. Roman said he had been ill with cancer and liver disease. His family said that he died from a lung infection and was surrounded by...

Simin Behbahani, 87 (1927 - 2014)

Simin Behbahani The Associated PressTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Famed Iranian poet Simin Behbahani, who wrote of the joys of love, demanded equal rights for women and spoke out about the challenges facing those living in her homeland, died Tuesday at the age of 87.Behbahani had been hospitalized and unconscious in Tehran since Aug. 6 and later died of heart failure and breathing problems, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.Behbahani, born Simin Khalili on July 20, 1927, saw her poetry often used by Iranian...

Don Pardo, 96 (1918 - 2014)

Don Pardo FRAZIER MOORE, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded "Saturday Night Live." Don Pardo, the eras-spanning radio and TV announcer whose resonant voice-over style was celebrated for its majesty and power, died Monday in Arizona at the age of 96. "He became our link to the beginnings of television on NBC — and radio," said Lorne Michaels, who, as creator of "SNL" (and who...

Fernand St Germain, 86 (1928 - 2014)

Fernand St Germain The Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man who represented Rhode Island in Congress for 28 years and co-sponsored a 1982 bill that deregulated savings and loans has died. Fernand St Germain was 86. The congressman died Saturday at his home in Newport, according to his daughter, Lisette Saint Germain. She said he suffered from kidney failure. St Germain, a Democrat, rose to chair the House Banking Committee. The deregulation bill aimed to provide a long-term solution for...

James Jeffords, 80 (1934 - 2014)

James Jeffords DAVE GRAM, The Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80. Jeffords died in Washington, said Diane Derby, a former aide to Jeffords. He had been in declining health, she said. Jeffords had announced in 2005 that he would not seek a fourth term, citing his and his wife's health problems. "I have had an enormously...

Ricardo Izurieta, 71 (1943 - 2014)

Ricardo Izurieta The Associated PressSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Ricardo Izurieta, the general who succeeded dictator Augusto Pinochet as head of Chile's military, died Sunday at age 71.A statement from the Chilean army said Izurieta died at his home. No cause of death of announced.Izurieta led the military from 1998 to 2002 following the 25-year dictatorship of Pinochet, who led the 1973 coup that toppled the elected government of Marxist President Salvador Allende.The army statement praised Izurieta for uniting...

Sophie Masloff (2014)

Sophie Masloff KEVIN BEGOS, The Associated PressPITTSBURGH (AP) — Sophie Masloff, who rose from a tax clerk to become Pittsburgh's first female mayor, died Sunday. She was 96.She died at an area hospice, said Joseph Mistick, Masloff's longtime friend and former top aide.Masloff took office in May 1988 after the death of Richard S. Caliguiri, and she served until January 1994.She good-naturedly described herself as an "old Jewish grandmother" and promised when she took office to be at work by 8 a.m. every...

George Hansen, 83 (1930 - 2014)

George Hansen The Associated PressBOISE, Idaho (AP) — George Hansen, a former Idaho Republican congressman, died Thursday of natural causes at a medical center in Pocatello, Cornelison Funeral Home said. He was 83.Known for his colorful antics as well as his time in federal prison, Hansen represented Idaho's 2nd Congressional District for a total of seven terms in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s."He believed in the (U.S.) Constitution, and believed in individual liberty," said Bill Hansen of his father. "When...

Jay Adams, 53 (1961 - 2014)

Jay Adams JOHN ROGERS, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay Adams, the colorful rebel who helped transform skateboarding from a simple street pastime into one of the world's most spectacular sports with hair-raising stunts and an outsized personality to match, has died at age 53.Adams died of a heart attack Thursday during a surfing vacation in Mexico with his wife and friends, his manager, Susan Ferris said Friday.With his flowing, sun-bleached hair, explosive skating style and ebullient...

Gordy MacKenzie, 77 (1937 - 2014)

Gordy MacKenzie The Associated PressHOUSTON (AP) — Gordy MacKenzie, the longtime minor league manager and coach and scout who had a short stint in the majors as a catcher with the Kansas City Athletics, has died. He was 77.The Houston Astros said Wednesday that MacKenzie died Tuesday. The team didn't provide the cause of death.MacKenzie had three hits and an RBI in 24 at-bats in 11 games for the Athletics in 1961.MacKenzie, from St. Petersburg, Florida, had coached the Astros' Gulf Coast League team since...

Emigdio Vasquez (2014)

Emigdio Vasquez JOHN ROGERS, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Emigdio Vasquez, whose bold use of color, exacting brush skills and uncanny ability to capture everyday people in dramatic moments made him one of the most influential pioneers of the Chicano art movement, has died in California. He was 75.The artist, who had been in declining health, died Saturday in an assisted living home in Newport Beach, his family said Wednesday. The cause was pneumonia.Incredibly prodigious, Vasquez created more than...

June Krauser (2014)

June Krauser The Associated PressFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — June Krauser, who helped establish the Masters adult swimming program and set hundreds of records, has died at age 88.Krauser continued to swim regularly until her health faltered. She died Aug. 2 in Fort Lauderdale, according to the Sun-Sentinel.Her biggest contribution to the sport was joining with two colleagues to establish a competitive swimming program for adults in the early 1970s. She then began her own comeback to the pool at age 45...

Lauren Bacall, 89 (1924 - 2014)

Lauren Bacall HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Bacall had one of those incredible lives. The wife and co-star of Humphrey Bogart. A Tony Award-winning actress. A National Book Award-winning author. A giant of fashion. A friend of the Kennedys. One of the last survivors of Hollywood's studio age. A star almost from the moment she appeared on screen to the day she died, Tuesday, at age 89, at a New York City hospital. "Stardom isn't a career," Bacall once observed, "it's...

Robin Williams, 63 (1951 - 2014)

Robin Williams HAVEN DALEY, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams kept the world laughing, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push him to suicide. It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression — he made reference to it himself in his comedy routines. But word that he had killed...

Raymond Berthillon (2014)

Raymond Berthillon The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Raymond Berthillon, the founder of the celebrated Paris ice cream parlor that bears his name, has died at age 90.The company, which closes for the month of August, announced Saturday's death of the patriarch on its website.With lines of tourists down the street even in Paris' coolest weather, Berthillon's shop has become an institution in the decades since its founding. Its ice cream, listed in many guide books as the best in Paris, first gained fame in 1961...

Vladimir Beara, 85 (1928 - 2014)

Vladimir Beara The Associated PressSPLIT, Croatia (AP) — Vladimir Beara, a Yugoslavia international who is considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, has died in Croatia, his family said Monday. He was 85.His family says in a statement that Beara died after a series of strokes over the past year.Beara played 59 games for Yugoslavia, winning the silver medal at the 1952 Olympics. He also played for Hajduk Split, Red Star Belgrade, Alemannia Aachen and Victoria Cologne.Lev Yashin, the...

Kevin Ward, Jr. (2014)

Kevin Ward, Jr. MARY ESCH, The Associated Press TURIN, New York (AP) — They came to grieve and share stories about Kevin Ward Jr., who was born into a motorsport family and buried with racing flags in his casket. A high school auditorium overflowed with friends, family and racing enthusiasts on Thursday in tribute to the 20-year-old driver, who was hit and killed in a race by a car driven by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. With Ward in an open casket piled with orange flowers, his family's team colors...

Charles T. Payne (2014)

Charles T. Payne The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Charles T. Payne, a World War II veteran and great-uncle of President Barack Obama who was briefly in the public eye during his nephew's first presidential bid, has died. Payne's wife of 50 years, Melanie Payne, said her husband died Aug. 1 in Chicago of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was 89. Payne, the brother of Obama's maternal grandmother, helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp during the war, and later became a pioneer in information technology...