Editorial editor for Ark. Gazette dies at 90

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - James O. Powell, editorial page editor for the Arkansas Gazette for 25 years, has died at the age of 90.

Lee Powell said his father died Wednesday at Little Rock. The younger Powell said his father had been in declining health after several falls as well as liver, kidney and bladder problems.

J.O. Powell joined the Gazette in late 1959, replacing editorial writer Harry Ashmore, and was in charge of the editorial page until 1985.

On the Gazette's editorial pages, Powell took on Gov. Orval Faubus' segregationist views and adopted a progressive stance on civil rights.

A memorial service was held Saturday.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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