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Mississippi man's quirky obit goes viral

Mississippi A Mississippi man's unique obituary has gone viral, becoming a sensation on social media.

The tribute to Harry Stamps, "ladies' man," "foodie" and ''natty dresser,'' was posted on a local funeral home website and has been liked more than 7,000 times on Facebook alone.

Written by his daughter Amanda Lewis, the obituary notes Stamps "fancied smart women," had a "life-long love affair" with deviled eggs and buttermilk in a martini glass, garnished with cornbread.

But Stamps, 80 when he died on Saturday, "despised phonies", Southerners who used the words "to put on airs," Martha Stewart and the Law and Order franchises.

He "took fashion cues from no one" and "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 ... always paired with a grass-stained MSU baseball cap."


Stamps also "traveled extensively" and "he only stayed in the finest quality AAA-rated campgrounds."

He hated Daylight Savings Time, calling it "The Devil's Time," and he died the day before he would have had to move his clock forward an hour.

"This can only be viewed as his final protest," his daughter wrote.

Lewis told the Sun-Herald, which hailed the tribute "best obit ever," her father "wouldn't know what going viral means."

"He would have thought that was a disease he contracted, which would have excited him to have another illness to lord over folks," she said.

The full obituary can be viewed on the Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home website.

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