Rockefeller Known for Kindness, Public Service

JULY 17, 2006 - Posted at 8:01 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansans active in both major parties say they will miss the late Lieutenant Governor Win Rockefeller.  They say the handsome billionaire with the gentle manner was just as happy teaching Boy Scouts to tie knots as he was promoting Arkansas to wealthy businesses in foreign countries.

Governor Huckabee said yesterday after learning of Rockefeller's death that his kindness and unpretentious manner is what endeared him to so many and why so many will miss him.  Huckabee said Rockefeller paid no attention to people's station in life, and you never sensed he thought himself better than anyone else.

Cal Biggers, who normally supports Democrats, said he worked in Rockefeller's gubernatorial campaign last year.  He said he believes Rockefeller was more interested in helping the state than any party.

Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey noted the important role that family played in the lieutenant governor's life.  Dailey said Rockefeller remained a private man committed to his family, and was more concerned with serving others than being served.  He said that interest in helping people is what ultimately led Rockefeller enter politics.

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