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Best obituary ever? Tribute to man who 'took fashion cues from no one'
usnews.nbcnews ^ | Elizabeth Chuck

Posted on 03/15/2013 1:17:54 PM PDT by virgil283

"A Mississippi man who only sported T-shirts designed by "fashion house Fruit of the Loom" and had a penchant for buttermilk served in martini glasses is bringing thousands of people joy in his afterlife, thanks to an obituary written by his daughter.....Harry Stamps "particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil's Time. It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest," the obituary read. He also detested "eating grape leaves, 'Law and Order' (all franchises), cats, and Martha Stewart. In reverse order." ...fruit of the loom male model

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TOPICS: Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: again; obituary; tribute
"But as she continued to read the obituary Amanda crafted, infused with details about Harry's "life-long love affair with deviled eggs" and "sausages on saltines," his adoration for using his "oversized 'old man' remote control" to "flip between watching The Barefoot Contessa and anything on The History Channel," his insistence on taking "fashion cues from no one" and the demand that in his honor, "you write your Congressman and ask for the repeal of Day Light Saving Time,...."Allison, our other daughter, said, 'The thing about it is every word is true.' And Amanda told me, 'Now Mama, when you're gone, we won't have this kind of material. You're boring!'" Ann said, laughing. "He was one of the most unpretentious people that could ever be. And he was a smart, smart man. And he had wit, and he was quick.".... [ via instapundit]
1 posted on 03/15/2013 1:17:54 PM PDT by virgil283
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To: virgil283
"He also detested "eating grape leaves, 'Law and Order' (all franchises), cats dogs, and Martha Stewart."

That one minor correction and that could be in my obit... although I dislike Rachael Ray more than Martha Stewart.

2 posted on 03/15/2013 1:24:13 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: virgil283


Harry Stamps Obituary
Harry Weathersby Stamps

December 19, 1932 — March 9, 2013

Long Beach

Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.
Harry was locally sourcing his food years before chefs in California 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. As a point of pride, he purported to remember every meal he had eaten in his 80 years of life.

The women in his life were numerous. He particularly fancied smart women. He loved his mom Wilma Hartzog (deceased), who with the help of her sisters and cousins in New Hebron reared Harry after his father Walter’s death when Harry was 12. He worshipped his older sister Lynn Stamps Garner (deceased), a character in her own right, and her daughter Lynda Lightsey of Hattiesburg. He married his main squeeze Ann Moore, a home economics teacher, almost 50 years ago, with whom they had two girls Amanda Lewis of Dallas, and Alison of Starkville. He taught them to fish, to select a quality hammer, to love nature, and to just be thankful. He took great pride in stocking their tool boxes. One of his regrets was not seeing his girl, Hillary Clinton, elected President.

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 excelled at growing camellias, rebuilding houses after hurricanes, rocking, eradicating mole crickets from his front yard, composting pine needles, living within his means, outsmarting squirrels, never losing a game of competitive sickness, and reading any history book he could get his hands on. 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. He took extreme pride in his two grandchildren Harper Lewis (8) and William Stamps Lewis (6) of Dallas for whom he would crow like a rooster on their phone calls. As a former government and sociology professor for Gulf Coast Community College, Harry was thoroughly interested in politics and religion and enjoyed watching politicians act like preachers and preachers act like politicians. He was fond of saying a phrase he coined “I am not running for political office or trying to get married” when he was “speaking the truth.” He also took pride in his service during the Korean conflict, serving the rank of corporal—just like Napolean, as he would say.

Harry took fashion cues from no one. His signature every day look was all his: a plain pocketed T-shirt designed by the fashion house Fruit of the Loom, his black-label elastic waist shorts worn above the navel and sold exclusively at the Sam’s on Highway 49, and a pair of old school Wallabees (who can even remember where he got those?) that were always paired with a grass-stained MSU baseball cap.

Harry traveled extensively. He only stayed in the finest quality AAA-rated campgrounds, his favorite being Indian Creek outside Cherokee, North Carolina. He always spent the extra money to upgrade to a creek view for his tent. Many years later he purchased a used pop-up camper for his family to travel in style, which spoiled his daughters for life.

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 particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil’s Time. It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest.

Because of his irrational fear that his family would throw him a golf-themed funeral despite his hatred for the sport, his family will hold a private, family only service free of any type of “theme.” Visitation will be held at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport on Monday, March 11, 2013 from 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Jeff Davis Campus) for their library. Harry retired as Dean there and was very proud of his friends and the faculty. He taught thousands and thousands of Mississippians during his life. The family would also like to thank the Gulfport Railroad Center dialysis staff who took great care of him and his caretaker Jameka Stribling.

Finally, the 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.



3 posted on 03/15/2013 1:25:43 PM PDT by virgil283 ( ... pride is a hindrance to truth,.... Roosh)
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To: virgil283

Of note in the Obit:

“One of his regrets was not seeing his girl, Hillary Clinton, elected President.”


4 posted on 03/15/2013 1:27:33 PM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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"“One of his regrets was not seeing his girl, Hillary Clinton, elected President.” ...... well just #%#*... OK he was only 99% right.....
5 posted on 03/15/2013 1:30:59 PM PDT by virgil283 ( ... pride is a hindrance to truth,.... Roosh)
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To: drbuzzard

I missed that. My obit would say I missed seeing the evil bitch in a federal pen (though there’s still time for that).


6 posted on 03/15/2013 1:31:28 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: virgil283

Do you wanna yank this thread to preserve your dignity, Hoss ? ;-D


7 posted on 03/15/2013 1:32:43 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: virgil283

What an awesome tribute!!!

Of course this link will be emailed to MY kids! :)


8 posted on 03/15/2013 1:36:06 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
My obit would say I missed seeing the evil bitch in a federal pen (though there’s still time for that).

There's even more time to catch her roasting in hades.

9 posted on 03/15/2013 1:39:01 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: virgil283

This is an obituary that should make a man proud.


10 posted on 03/15/2013 1:45:42 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius (www.wilsonharpbooks.com)
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To: virgil283
I stopped reading at the point where he was disappointed that he never saw Hillary become President.
11 posted on 03/15/2013 1:51:01 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: drbuzzard

Yeah, that got me too. Other than that, everything was spot on!


12 posted on 03/15/2013 1:54:17 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: Vigilanteman

First things first.


13 posted on 03/15/2013 2:01:42 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: virgil283
One of his regrets was not seeing his girl, Hillary Clinton, elected President.

Just when I was starting to think this might be a loss.....

14 posted on 03/15/2013 2:02:25 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: virgil283

There’s one thing the obit missed - as a Hillary supporter, even though he’s dead, he’ll still get to vote.


15 posted on 03/15/2013 2:18:17 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: drbuzzard

“One of his regrets was not seeing his girl, Hillary Clinton, elected President.”

I have to admit because of who we have now as president, I kind of agree with him.


16 posted on 03/15/2013 2:22:44 PM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: HenpeckedCon

You do have a point there. Tis a sad thing than I actually think back to the Clinton presidency as ‘good old days’ by comparison.


17 posted on 03/15/2013 2:24:37 PM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: drbuzzard
I never despised Billy Jeff, Algore is different story.
18 posted on 03/15/2013 2:30:44 PM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: liberalh8ter

Well, he and his wife were public school teachers.


19 posted on 03/15/2013 3:46:15 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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