In 2018, Arkansans said goodbye to those who seemed to live larger than the norm, including an international peace activist, an Emmy Award-nominee and one of America's Hidden Figures.
More than 30,000 people die in Arkansas every year. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is highlighting a tiny fraction of those who passed away in 2018 after lifetimes of leading business and industry, influencing public policy, thinking outside the box, entertaining and just generally contributing to the greater good.
Former Arkansas first lady Betty Bumpers is among them.
Former President Bill Clinton said of Bumpers at the time of her November death: "From her kitchen table in Charleston to the halls of power in D.C., she was always the same: dignified and down-to-earth, intelligent and kind, good-hearted and tough-minded. She spent a lifetime working to give all our children a healthier, safer future."
Horse racing announcer Terry Wallace also died this year.
"For generations of Arkansas racing fans, he was the voice of Oaklawn and for a time he was the most recognized voice in Arkansas," said Eric Jackson, Oaklawn Park's senior vice president. Wallace's racing calls were broadcast over a statewide radio network.
Tim Massanelli, House of Representatives parliamentarian for 38 years, carried in his wallet a quote that was important to him: "I hope my work is valued by its service to others and not by its outward importance."
The list of Arkansans below is subjective and does not in any way include everyone who made life better for their families, their communities, and their state and nation in 2018. The list is chronological in terms of dates of death. Information about each was pulled from their obituaries and articles written about them.