Rockefeller Casket on View in Capitol Rotunda

JULY 19, 2006 - Posted at 4:09 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A son of Win Rockefeller was among the first to file by the lieutenant governor's casket today as the state mourned his death with a public viewing in the Capitol rotunda.

Will Rockefeller, Rockefeller Chief of Staff Doyle Webb, and Secretary of State Charlie Daniels were first in a line that snaked through the Capitol rotunda and past a bust of the lieutenant governor's father, the late Governor Winthrop Rockefeller.

Mourners began filing past the closed casket shortly after ten.  Others in line included Treasurer Gus Wingfield, Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey and several legislators.

Visitors were handed a sticker with a green outline of a map of Arkansas and Rockefeller's initials inscribed in white inside.  They were also handed booklets with the text of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

Tracy Horne, communications director for Rockefeller's brief gubernatorial campaign, said Rockefeller would regularly hand out copies of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence to people.  Horne said Rockefeller thought it was important for people to know about their government.

Rockefeller died Sunday at age 57 after two unsuccessful bone marrow transplants for a blood disorder.

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