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Lawyer’s dad who favored ‘fashion house Fruit of the Loom’ and Bunny Bread is honored in obit

Posted Mar 13, 2013 7:04 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The life of Harry Weathersby Stamps, a man who “only stayed in the finest quality AAA-rated campgrounds,” is being honored in an obituary written by his daughter, an in-house lawyer in Texas.

Stamps died on March 9, the day of the switch to what he called “the devil’s time," according to the obituary written by Amanda Lewis. “This can only be viewed as his final protest,” states the obit-gone-viral. Lewis is a lawyer for TRT Holdings, the parent company for Omni Hotels and Gold’s Gym, according to the Scoop blog of the Dallas Morning News.

The obituary, published by the Sun Herald, describes Stamps as a “ladies' man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler” and goes on to explain his particular tastes.

Stamps “fancied smart women,” including the females in his family and Hillary Clinton. The Mississippi resident “was locally sourcing his food,” before it became fashionable, preferring sandwiches made with “white Bunny Bread,” home grown tomatoes and Tennessee bacon.

“He had 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,” the obit reads.

His signature look consisted of “a plain pocketed T-shirt designed by the fashion house Fruit of the Loom.” During his frequent travels to campgrounds—only the best, mind you—Stamps “always spent the extra money to upgrade to a creek view for his tent.”

Lewis tells the Scoop she began writing the obituary on the drive from Dallas to Mississippi. “I don’t understand why people do a resumé for an obituary,” she told the blog. “It never captures the spirit of the person. My dad had such a big spirit. He had such a big personality. And I didn’t think listing where he went to college and his resumé would do him justice.

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