Harry Weathersby Stamps was a "ladies' man" who loved deviled eggs as well as buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread. The 80-year-old accomplished traveler died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.
If you haven't heard of him, you're not alone. He was just a regular guy whose epic obituary has gone viral, making him an Internet sensation in death.
Stamps' brutally honest and entertaining obituary, written by his daughter Amanda Lewis, has been heralded by many as "the best obit ever."
"He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil's Time," the obit reads. "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."
He also "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."
Instead of flowers, his family asks that mourners make a donation to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for its library.
"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," the obit concludes.
After the obituary went viral, its author, Amanda Lewis, told the Sun Herald that her father wouldn't even know what "viral" means.
"He wouldn't know what going viral means. He would have thought that was a disease he contracted, which would have excited him to have another illness to lord over folks," said daughter Amanda Lewis, who wrote the obituary. An attorney who lives in Dallas, she wrote it during the trip to Long Beach, where Stamps died at home on Saturday, surrounded by his family.
To read the entire obituary in the Sun Herald, click here.