Thursday, June 28, 2007

A sad political milestone

I got word from my friend Mark that his mother, Virginia Johnson, died last night.

She is possibly the first woman to seek statewide office in Arkansas. Virginia Johnson was defeated in the runoff for the Democratic party nomination for Governor in 1968 by Marion Crank. Winthrop Rockefeller won the general election.

UPDATE: How could I forget Hattie Caraway?

She was the wife of former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice, and frequent political candidate, Jim Johnson.

The visitation is at Roller-McNutt in Conway Friday evening and the funeral is Saturday. The obituary in tomorrow's Democrat-Gazette will have more detail.

Mark is just about my closest friend. He was the best man at both weddings and the witness at my one and only divorce. I am deeply sorry to hear this news.

DEPART, O Christian soul, out of this world,
In the Name of God the Father Almighty who created thee.
In the Name of Jesus Christ who redeemed thee.
In the Name of the Holy Ghost who sanctifieth thee.
May thy rest be this day in peace, and thy dwellingplace in the Paradise of God.
(Book of Common Prayer)

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