By Townhall. Within the span of two days, two former Republican State Senators were found dead.
Last week, Arkansas State Sen. Linda Collins-Smith was shot and killed outside of her home in Pocahontas, about 130 miles northeast Little Rock. She died of a gunshot wound and her body was found wrapped in a blanket. Her death is being investigated as a homicide. . .
Former Oklahoma State Sen. Jonathan Nichols was found two days later dead in his home in Norman, 20 miles south of Oklahoma City. He died of a gunshot. Investigators say a gun was on the table near Nichols’ body, The Oklahoman reported. Police say the case is still pending investigation, Fox News reported.
Nichols served in the State Senate from 2000 to 2012. He was most recently serving as senior policy adviser to House Speaker Charles McCall. (Read more from “Two Former GOP State Senators Found Dead Days Apart” HERE)
Funeral Set for Former Senator
By Arkansas Times. Funeral arrangements were announced today for Linda F. Collins (as the funeral home identified her; she’d been known in her political career as Linda Collins-Smith, but was divorced last fall from retired Judge Philip Smith). She was found dead at her home near Pocahontas earlier this week and the suspected homicide remains under investigation. The obituary at Fears Funeral Home suggested memorials to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. It noted her career:
Linda accomplished much good during her lifetime. She was a former Arkansas State Representative and former Arkansas State Senator. In addition, she was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. She was a member of the following organizations: Gun Owners of America, Arkansas Hospitality Association, National Federation of Independent Business, Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, Randolph County Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Arkansas Lodging Association, Lower Mississippi Delta Development Council, and the Arkansas Federation of Republican Women. Linda was also proud to be the founder of the Randolph County Tourism Association and a supporter of the Patriots of Act 746, in Arkansas.
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