Cliffie Stone, 80, a music industry executive who...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

January 23, 1998

Cliffie Stone, 80, a music industry executive who discovered Tennessee Ernie Ford and pioneered country music on the West Coast, died Jan. 16 in Nashville, Tenn., of a heart attack.

John Randel Weeks IV, 70, an expert on metals used in nuclear power plants, died Jan. 9 in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Emil Sitka, 83, a veteran character actor best known for his many roles in the "Three Stooges," died Jan. 16 in Camarillo, Calif. He had suffered a stroke in July. Mr. Sitka played 70 roles with the Stooges, including a professor, butler, justice of the peace and eccentric scientist.

Harry S. Ashmore, 81, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his editorials during the school integration crisis at Little Rock Central High in 1957, died Tuesday in Little Rock, Ark.

Leon Eric Brooks Jr., 73, Shreveport businessman and the father of country singer Leon Eric "Kix" Brooks, died in Fort Necessity, La., Wednesday after a battle with cancer.

Walter Edwin Martin, 90, one of the nation's leading specialists in fish and bird parasites, died in Los Angeles of a heart attack Saturday.

Pub Date: 1/23/98

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