Obituary for Harry Stamps, 'ladies' man, foodie, natty dresser,' goes viral

A heartwarming online obituary that describes the life and times of Harry Weathersby Stamps, described as “a ‘ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser,” is going viral on the Internet, where it has already been shared more than 5,000 times on Facebook as well as on blogs, websites and other social media.

Stamps died March 9, 2013 at age 80. The retired Mississippi college dean was a loving father to two girls, had a passion for perfect bacon and tomato sandwiches, and was quite an exceptional character, if his obituary is accurate.

Here’s a sampling from the obituary, posted on the Bradford O’Keefe funeral home website:

“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.”

“He excelled at growing camellias, rebuilding houses after hurricanes, rocking, eradicating mole crickets from his front yard, composting pine needles, living within his means, outsmarting squirrels, never losing a game of competitive sickness, and reading any history book he could get his hands on.”

“As a former government and sociology professor for Gulf Coast Community College, Harry was thoroughly interested in politics and religion and enjoyed watching politicians act like preachers and preachers act like politicians.”

“He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil’s Time. 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…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.”