The words obit goes viral, are not a common phrase usually trending that you would like to see on Twitter, but today it is just that, but why? CBS News reported on Sunday, March 17 that when Harry Stumps died his daughter Amanda Lewis, decided to send him out with a very memorable obituary.
What does it take for an obit to go viral? Keep reading in honor of Harry Stamps,
“Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.
“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.”
In an honest way to capture the memory of her father Amanda Lewis claims that she opted to write something a lot more personal and memorable about her father, not just the well known basic tributes and lifetime accomplishments.
In the late Harry Stumps' daughter Amanda's heart she reveals "My dad had such a big spirit. He had such a big personality. And I didn’t think listing where he went to college and his résumé would do him justice.”
The tribute to Harry Stamps, "ladies' man," "foodie" and ''natty dresser,'' was posted on a local funeral home website and has been liked more than 7,000 times on Facebook alone.
Written by his daughter Amanda Lewis, the obituary notes Stamps "fancied smart women," had a "life-long love affair" with deviled eggs and buttermilk in a martini glass, garnished with cornbread.
But Stamps, 80 when he died on Saturday, "despised phonies", Southerners who used the words "to put on airs," Martha Stewart and the Law and Order franchises.
He "took fashion cues from no one" and "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 ... always paired with a grass-stained MSU baseball cap."
Stamps also "traveled extensively" and "he only stayed in the finest quality AAA-rated campgrounds."
He hated Daylight Savings Time, calling it "The Devil's Time," and he died the day before he would have had to move his clock forward an hour.
"This can only be viewed as his final protest," his daughter wrote.
Lewis told the Sun-Herald, which hailed the tribute "best obit ever," her father "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," she said.
Sounds like a great man, rest in peace Harry Stamps!
The full obituary can be viewed on the Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home website.
Could Amanda Lewis have just hit on a new gold mine idea? Twitter users are talking to today about the #obitgoesviral subject and it is gaining huge attention, and it can probably be a safe bet that readers will see more and more of these heart-felt obits going viral very soon.
Do you like this obituary idea? Like this page if you would like an obituary written like this about yourself, or would write one for your family members?