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Casey Laman, former North Little Rock mayor, dies at 98

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WILLIAM F. CASEY LAMAN: In official portrait from mayoral days.
  • WILLIAM F. "CASEY" LAMAN: In official portrait from mayoral days.
Casey Laman, the former strongman mayor of North Little Rock, died this morning, the North Little Rock mayor's office confirmed. He served four terms as mayor, his last ending in 1980. But that didn't end his political involvement.

He'd have turned 99 in October.

A library bears his name and an unparalleled park system, the crown jewel being Burns Park, also bears his indelible stamp. He was the famous character in the George Fisher Old Guard Rest Home cartoons uttering "Asinine!" at the antics of other old pols. Casey was a straight talker.

Some background here from the Encyclopedia of Arkansas.

I wish my old pal John Woodruff, who covered City Hall in the Laman era, was around to write the obituary.

A friend says the funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Park Hill Baptist Church. UPDATE: Arrangements are by Roller-Owens, North Little Rock, which has an obit posted.

The North Little Rock History Commission, which supplied the official photo, also sent along a news photo of Laman, shovel in hand, taken by the Times of North Little Rock. He's hard at work at Burns Park, I'm told by Cary Bradburn of the Commission. It was published in the Times Pictorial History in 1991.

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