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95, North Little Rock, Arkansas
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55, Conway, Arkansas
July 30, 1959 - May 23, 2015

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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90, Little Rock, Arkansas
June 5, 1924 - May 22, 2015

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66, Morrilton, Arkansas
April 30, 1949 - May 22, 2015

Norma Horness

84, Cabot, Arkansas
January 17, 1931 - May 22, 2015

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64, Cabot, Arkansas
September 30, 1950 - May 21, 2015

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72, Lonoke, Arkansas
May 21, 2015

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63, Searcy, Arkansas
March 3, 1952 - May 21, 2015

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78, Sherwood, Arkansas
February 26, 1937 - May 21, 2015

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79, Benton, Arkansas
March 13, 1936 - May 21, 2015

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75, Little Rock, Arkansas
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97, Conway, Arkansas
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64, Paron, Arkansas
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93, Perryville, Arkansas
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93, Maumelle, Arkansas
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98, Mabelvale, Arkansas
January 20, 1917 - May 20, 2015

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39, Benton, Arkansas
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73, Judsonia, Arkansas
November 15, 1941 - May 20, 2015

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83, Searcy, Arkansas
September 11, 1931 - May 19, 2015

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90, Cabot, Arkansas
May 18, 1925 - May 19, 2015

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63, Little Rock, Arkansas
December 23, 1951 - May 19, 2015

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86, Heber Springs, Arkansas
January 31, 1929 - May 19, 2015

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83, Des Arc, Arkansas
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35, Mabelvale, Arkansas
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64, Morrilton, Arkansas
August 4, 1950 - May 19, 2015

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67, Searcy, Arkansas
May 20, 1947 - May 19, 2015

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90, Little Rock, Arkansas
May 22, 1924 - May 19, 2015

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Morrilton, Arkansas
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Ann Meara, 85 (1929 - 2015)

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Marcus Belgrave (2015)

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Marty Pasetta (2015)

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Marty Sheets (2015)

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John Forbes Nash, Jr., 86 (1928 - 2015)

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Asim Thabit Abdullah al-Khalaqi (2015)

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Marques Haynes, 89 (1926 - 2015)

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Steve Snapp (2015)

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Annarita Sidoti, 44 (1970 - 2015)

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Bob Belden, 58 (1956 - 2015)

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Bruce Lundvall, 79 (1935 - 2015)

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Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller, 88 (1926 - 2015)

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Prashant Bhargava, 42 (1973 - 2015)

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Lu Vason (2015)

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James Skeffington (2015)

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Raphael Tenthani (2015)

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Adrian Robinson, 25 (1989 - 2015)

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Elisabeth Bing , 100 (1914 - 2015)

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Peter Tallberg , 77 (1937 - 2015)

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Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly (2015)

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Garo Yepremian (2015)

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Rabbi Moshe Levinger (2015)

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Rev. John Lo Schiavo (2015)

Rev. John Lo Schiavo The Associated PressLOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. John Lo Schiavo, former president of the University of San Francisco who presided over the university's resurgence and a shutdown of its basketball program, died Friday. He was 90.Lo Schiavo died in the infirmary at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, said University of San Francisco spokeswoman Anne-Marie Devine Tasto.A San Francisco native, Lo Schiavo was born in 1925 to Italian immigrants. He graduated from Star of the Sea Grammar...

Gill Dennis (2015)

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Franz Wright, 62 (1953 - 2015)

Franz Wright The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Franz Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet known for his concise and penetrating style and heartbreaking command of emotions, has died. He was 62. Wright died Thursday at his home in Waltham, Massachusetts, of lung cancer, publisher Alfred A. Knopf said Friday. Born in Vienna and raised in California after his parents divorced, Wright was the son of fellow Pulitzer winner James Wright, making them the only father and son to win in the same...