‘Cleverly written’ death notice goes viral

stampsHarry Weathersby Stamps’ death notice has gone viral, but “he wouldn’t know what going viral means,” says his daughter Amanda Lewis. “He would have thought that was a disease he contracted, which would have excited him to have another illness to lord over folks.”

Here are some highlights from the death notice, written by Lewis:

Harry was locally sourcing his food years before chefs in Californiabunny starting using cilantro and arugula (both of which he hated). For his signature bacon and tomato sandwich, he procured 100% all white Bunny Bread from Georgia, Blue Plate mayonnaise from New Orleans, Sauer’s black pepper from Virginia, home grown tomatoes from outside Oxford, and Tennessee’s Benton bacon from his bacon-of-the-month subscription.

He had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, Lane cakes, boiled peanuts, Vienna [Vi-e-na] sausages on saltines, his homemade canned fig preserves, pork chops, turnip greens, and buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread.

He despised phonies, his 1969 Volvo (which he also loved), know-it-all Yankees, Southerners who used the words “veranda” and “porte cochere” to put on airs, eating grape leaves, Law and Order (all franchises), cats, and Martha Stewart. In reverse order.

He loved to use his oversized “old man” remote control, which thankfully survived Hurricane Katrina, to flip between watching The Barefoot Contessa and anything on The History Channel.

Stamps’ family “asks that in honor of Harry that you write your Congressman and ask for the repeal of Day Light Saving Time. Harry wanted everyone to get back on the Lord’s Time.”

* Harry Stamps’ obituary goes viral (sunherald.com)
* Stamps was a ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler (legacy.com)

Earlier obits on JimRomenesko.com:
* Woman’s death notice shows her smiling in Jesus’s arms
* “She was a lifelong Mets fan, but that’s not what killed her”
* Her daughter betrayed her trust and her son broke her heart