Harry Stamps, 80, was a former government and sociology professor for Gulf Coast Community College and had a passion. According to the obituary, he was married to his “main squeeze” Ann Moore for nearly 50 years.
Harry’s life conquests are not the most interesting part of his March 13 obituary; it is the tone and the remarkable amount of sarcasm that underlies the intent of describing a man who spent his life educating people.
He taught them to fish, to select a quality hammer, to love nature, and to just be thankful.
Beyond his love of politics, Harry also enjoyed travelling to the “finest quality AAA-rated campgrounds”.
Joking about the loves of his life, Harry was described as a man with:
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 also had a thing for smart women including his mother Wilma Hartzog, sister Lynn and her daughter Lynda.
Harry’s eye for fashion didn’t go unnoticed either. His daughter writes in the obituary:
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.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Jeff Davis Campus), where Harry retired as Dean.
With nearly 15,000 Facebook likes, Harry's obituary is quickly earning the title for "best obituary ever".
The obituary finishes with Harry’s last request, that we are sure many will agree with:
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.
You can read Harry Stamps full obituary on the Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home website.