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Alfred Arthur Smith

56, Bald Knob, Arkansas
July 18, 1958 - January 29, 2015

James Gannaway

93, Little Rock, Arkansas
January 15, 1922 - January 28, 2015

Helen Stroupe Dombek

92, Morrilton, Arkansas
March 21, 1922 - January 28, 2015

Dennis Burbank

76, Cabot, Arkansas
January 27, 1939 - January 28, 2015

Sharon Morrison

67, Benton, Arkansas
August 4, 1947 - January 28, 2015

Arl Cope

Cabot, Arkansas
January 27, 2015

Johnnie Weeks

78, Little Rock, Arkansas
November 23, 1936 - January 27, 2015

Jessie Oleta McBride

93, Carlisle, Arkansas
February 2, 1921 - January 27, 2015

Linda Meeks

65, Little Rock, Arkansas
September 17, 1949 - January 27, 2015

Georgia Mae Russenberger-Fiser

88, Little Rock, Arkansas
November 25, 1926 - January 27, 2015

Sarah Britt

68, Cabot, Arkansas
July 4, 1946 - January 26, 2015

Garland Eugene Simpson, Jr.

71, Morrilton, Arkansas
January 26, 2015

Mary Maureen Brown

83, Jacksonville, Arkansas
January 27, 1931 - January 26, 2015

Linda Lee Scolaro

74, Jacksonville, Arkansas
July 31, 1940 - January 26, 2015

Cecil Frank Charlton

60, Cabot, Arkansas
July 26, 1951 - January 26, 2015

Robert Gee Denman

86, Little Rock, Arkansas
January 26, 2015

Jerry Clayton Singleton, Jr.

50, Alexander, Arkansas
March 2, 1964 - January 26, 2015

Gladys M. Garrett

83, Bryant, Arkansas
January 26, 2015

William F. Barnett, Sr.

89, Little Rock, Arkansas
November 5, 1925 - January 26, 2015

Tommy G. Howell

70, Greenbrier, Arkansas
February 23, 1944 - January 26, 2015

Robertus Ann Adams

80, Little Rock, Arkansas
December 28, 1934 - January 26, 2015

Orvil Cleo Trammell

76, Little Rock, Arkansas
July 14, 1938 - January 26, 2015

John Aubrey Medley

59, Little Rock, Arkansas
October 4, 1955 - January 26, 2015

Mildred Magdeline Fritsche

90, Little Rock, Arkansas
November 13, 1924 - January 26, 2015

Hannah Verlene Battershell

73, Little Rock, Arkansas
March 23, 1941 - January 26, 2015

Dorothy Irene Sisson

94, Morrilton, Arkansas
February 9, 1920 - January 26, 2015

Ethan Alexander Shoffner

18, Searcy, Arkansas
August 20, 1996 - January 26, 2015

James Everett MATTHEWS

94, Little Rock, Arkansas
October 5, 1920 - January 26, 2015

Doris Moreland Gates

93, Little Rock, Arkansas
October 15, 1921 - January 26, 2015

Wanda Hughes

86, Conway, Arkansas
September 20, 1928 - January 26, 2015

Larry Gene Simpson, Sr.

61, Jacksonville, Arkansas
December 2, 1953 - January 25, 2015

Marilyn Lucille Cox

Benton, Arkansas
January 25, 2015

Joseph J. Horton II

78, Conway, Arkansas
November 7, 1936 - January 25, 2015

Jerry Rhineheart

68, Little Rock, Arkansas
August 24, 1946 - January 25, 2015

Mary Leonia Daugherty

79, Cabot, Arkansas
April 25, 1935 - January 25, 2015

Tollye Woods

79, Roland, Arkansas
August 3, 1935 - January 25, 2015

Shirley Ruth Wagner

81, Houston, Arkansas
November 11, 1933 - January 24, 2015

Prentis Ralph Field, Sr.

77, Bryant, Arkansas
January 24, 1937 - January 24, 2015

Donald Lloyd Morris

66, Judsonia, Arkansas
January 4, 1949 - January 24, 2015

James Elmer Waters

96, Jacksonville, Arkansas
July 18, 1918 - January 24, 2015

Edith Jones Rawls

85, Jacksonville, Arkansas
August 14, 1929 - January 24, 2015

Anna K. Jarman

Little Rock, Arkansas
January 24, 2015

Arlin Edward Brandon

86, Little Rock, Arkansas
January 20, 1929 - January 24, 2015

Heidemarie West

71, Little Rock, Arkansas
July 22, 1943 - January 24, 2015

Eric Wilburn Crossett, Jr.

74, Little Rock, Arkansas
June 4, 1940 - January 24, 2015

Arvle Barker

93, Little Rock, Arkansas
February 10, 1921 - January 24, 2015

Bobby D. Smith

80, Little Rock, Arkansas
November 2, 1934 - January 24, 2015

Edith Howard Guinn

89, Morrilton, Arkansas
November 26, 1925 - January 24, 2015

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Lt. Col. Edward Saylor (2015)

Lt. Col. Edward Saylor By PHUONG LE, The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94.Rod Saylor said his father died of natural causes on Wednesday in Sumner, Washington.He was a young flight engineer-gunner and among the 80 airmen who volunteered to fly the risky mission that sent B-25 bombers from a carrier at sea to attack Tokyo on April...

Helen Eustis, 98 (1916 - 2015)

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Charles H. Townes, 99 (1915 - 2015)

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Stig Bergling (2015)

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Colleen McCullough , 77 (1937 - 2015)

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Dr. Stanley Aronson (2015)

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Kel Nagle, 94 (1920 - 2015)

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John Myers, 87 (1927 - 2015)

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Luke Martin, Jr. (2015)

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David Landau (2015)

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R. K. Laxman, 93 (1921 - 2015)

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Bill Monbouquette, 78 (1936 - 2015)

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Maria Cerra Tishman, 96 (1918 - 2015)

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Demis Roussos, 68 (1946 - 2015)

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Rev. Richard McBrien, 78 (1936 - 2015)

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Joe Franklin, 88 (1926 - 2015)

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Toller Cranston , 65 (1949 - 2015)

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Johan Martin Ferner, 87 (1927 - 2015)

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Edgar Froese, 70 (1944 - 2015)

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Ernie Banks, 83 (1931 - 2015)

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Peggy Charren, 86 (1928 - 2015)

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Marcus J. Borg, 72 (1942 - 2015)

Marcus J. Borg The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Marcus J. Borg, a prominent liberal theologian who attracted praise and controversy by helping to lead efforts to analyze Jesus as a historical figure, has died at age 72.Borg died Wednesday at his home in Portland, Oregon, according to his publisher, HarperOne. The publisher announced Thursday that Borg had been suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring or thickening of the lungs that makes it difficult to breathe.A popular speaker, frequent...

Tommy Mason, 75 (1939 - 2015)

Tommy Mason The Associated PressMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Running back Tommy Mason, the first draft pick in Minnesota Vikings history, has died. He was 75.Mason's sister-in-law, Suzanne MacNeil, told The Associated Press that Mason died peacefully Thursday at his home in Newport Beach, California, with his wife, Karen, by his side."We just adored him, and he adored my sister," MacNeil said.No cause of death was given, but Mason sustained multiple concussions during his playing career, MacNeil said, and was part...

Stan Irwin (2015)

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Vince Camuto (1936 - 2015)

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