William “Bill” Arthur Dowling Jr., 55, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. Bill was born Oct. 25, 1958, in North Babylon, N.Y., to Marion and William Dowling. Bill proudly served in the United States Air Force and the Arkansas National Guard.
He had a true zest for life. In his free time, Bill enjoyed camping, fly fishing, stock car racing and riding motorcycles. However, spending time with his boys was his favorite pastime.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Linda Dowling. Survivors include his son, Christopher Dowling of Borger, Shawn Dowling of Fritch; three grandchildren, Caley, Maddox, Jericho; sisters, Nancy Pocorroba of New York, Barb Piazza and her husband, Tom, of Missouri, Kathy Quarles and her husband, Norm, of Arkansas, Debbie Dowling of New York, and Lisa Dowling of Arkansas.
Arrangements are being made for a memorial in late May here in Clinton.
Georgia F. Morin, 93, of Fairfield Bay, Ark., died Monday, April 28, 2014.
Margaret P. Brock, 81, of Fairfield Bay, Ark., died Monday, April 28, 2014.
Earl Morrall, who started 11 games as quarterback during the Miami Dolphins’ perfect season in 1972 then stepped aside for Bob Griese, died April 25, 2014. During his 21-year career Morrall also played for the San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, New York Giants and Baltimore Colts, winning three Super Bowl rings. Morrall had been in declining health for several years. He was 79.
Jack Ramsay, coach of the Portland Trail Blazers when they won the NBA title in 1977, died April 28. He was a member of the NBC Hall 0f Fame and had been a broadcaster for ESPN. Ramsay was 864-783 in his NBA career and in 1996 was honored as one of the league’s all-time top 10 coaches. This is a “sad day for the entire basketball world,” said Miami Heat president Pat Riley. No cause of death was given, but Ramsay had battled several types of cancer for many years. He was 89.
Mark Shand, the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York. British officials said Shand died April 23, 2014, in the hospital after falling the night before. It said in a statement that Camilla, her husband Prince Charles and all of her family members are “utterly devastated by this sudden and tragic loss.”
Shand, a travel writer, was in New York for an auction in aid of charities including the Elephant Family, which he chaired. The organization is dedicated to saving the endangered Asian elephant. Shand was 62.