LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Harry Stamps probably never thought his life story would be the type of thing to go viral online, but that's exactly what's happening with the Long Beach man's cleverly written obituary.
The 80-year-old Mr. Stamps was a former government and sociology professor for Gulf Coast Community College, who also served his country in Korea. He taught thousands of Mississippians during his life, but it's his obituary that's giving the world one last lesson in how to love yourself, and leave a little happiness behind, even to those who never knew you.
Besides being remembered as a "ladies' man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler," Harry Stamps is also being hailed for his signature BLT sandwiches, his "life-long love affair with deviled eggs," and " buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread."
"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. He loved to use his oversized "old man" remote control, which thankfully survived Hurricane Katrina, to flip between watching The Barefoot Contessa and anything on The History Channel," the obit read.
It went on to detail how he "particularly fancied smart women, and married his main squeeze Ann Moore, a home economics teacher, almost 50 years ago, with whom they had two girls Amanda Lewis of Dallas, and Alison of Starkville."
"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."
And here's the part where Harry really would have wanted you to pay attention: He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as "The Devil's Time."
Harry's passing on Saturday, the very day he would have had to spring his clock forward, is viewed by his family as his final protest. In fact, they're even asking that in honor of Harry, 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."
This article really doesn't do Harry, or his obit writer justice. So please take a moment to read his full obituary, to truly understand why it's gaining attention across the nation: http://www.bradfordokeefe.com/obituaries/Harry-Stamps/#/Obituary