World’s Greatest Obituary

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.

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6 Responses to World’s Greatest Obituary

  1. RonM says:

    Tennessee’s Benton bacon… Whaddya think, WC? Better than Walmart’s thick slice bacon?

  2. Buzz D. says:

    This is the best obit I have ever read. I would have loved to meet this man. I bet he gave his family and students a lot of laughs during his life. Have fun in Heaven, good man.

  3. pigpen51 says:

    This man knew how to live life, and did it. If only everyone did the same, instead of trying to tell others how to live.

  4. Heathen says:

    One helluva good obit,beats the one we just had published (today) for Mom.

    • WiscoDave says:

      My sympathies.

      • Heathen says:

        Thanks. She was 90. The youngest of 10 children.

        “Cattle die, Kinsmen die.
        All men are mortal.
        But the one thing that does not die,
        is the memory of a life well lived.”

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