Families always work hard to write an obituary that honors the life of their loved one, but it's not often an obit goes viral. That was the case for Harry Stamps' obituary, however, that was first featured in the Sun Herald. The Mississippi man's daughter, Amanda Lewis, wrote quite the tribute to her dad and it has spread the Internet like wildfire.
Lewis wrote, “Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies' man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.” The obit that went viral went on to say that Harry Stamps loved deviled eggs, Vienna sausages on saltines and buttermilk served in martini glasses with cornbread garnish. While her family may have expected a more traditional obituary, she says that she wanted to capture the big spirit and personality of her dad.
It is clear from the obituary that Harry Stamps was quite the character, and that his daughter knew him inside and out. Once people caught wind of the Stamps obituary, the obit went viral and it has even hit sites like GQ's UK site and Slate. Amanda Lewis says she wrote it for her dad, and she had no idea just how far it would spread. She thinks it's “hysterical,” and it sounds like her dad would too. Judging from the online reactions of those who have read the obit that went viral, readers think it's hysterical too.