The Perfect Obituary

If you’ve not caught wind of this obituary that a Mississippi daughter wrote for her 80 year-old father, who passed away Saturday, you should.

The obituary has gone “viral,” sweeping the Internet and making folks laugh, nod in agreement, and probably tear up a bit, all over the country. Not only is the daughter obviously a gifted writer, she obviously knew her daddy like no one else. The obit is full of sass and fun, love, care, and has that unmistakable sparkle that comes with being utterly genuine.

My husband told me about it on the phone today. Before he hung up, he said, “You’ll wish you’d written it.”

My favorite paragraph:

“He 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. 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.”

A big ol’ pat on the back to Amanda Lewis for writing something that so many folks are enjoying, and for honoring her daddy, Harry, so well.

To read the whole thing in the Sun-Herald, click here.

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