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Old 02-11-2017, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Rakin View Post
Some people just deserve to die. Not much good to say on the Obituary.

Texas man
Actually, I have thought about writing an obituary just like that for myself just before it's my time to go. I would have to entrust someone else to actually submit it to the newspaper after I do die.
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Old 02-11-2017, 06:53 PM
Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Originally Posted by 2002 Subaru View Post
Maybe he was simply no-good. Not all nasty people are 'mentally ill.'
Right. It seems to be a growing trend to write off evil people as simply "mentally ill." Though his family used the term, it may or may not be a professional diagnosis, but just their way of understanding rotten behavior from a rotten individual. Some people are just plain vicious.
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Old 02-11-2017, 06:54 PM
Location: USA
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Honestly, a shame, no matter the cause.

Maybe he was mentally ill and couldn't get help, or nothing much could be done.

Maybe he was a drunk, and, again, couldn't get help or didn't want it.

Maybe he was just a rotten person, but people usually aren't born that way.

No matter how one looks at it, it's a waste of a life and unfortunate.
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Old 02-11-2017, 07:34 PM
Location: Lebanon, OH
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Most of the no good people in Texas die of the same cause.

Lethal injection.
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Old 02-11-2017, 07:58 PM
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Any family that would post a public obituary like that was probably a big part of the dead man's problems.

If you can't speak respectfully of the dead, say not one word.
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Old 02-11-2017, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Aura 524 View Post
"Quick whited" ... I guess anything can find its way into an obituary.
Maybe the deceased used a fast-acting bleach?
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Old 02-11-2017, 08:28 PM
Location: Type 0.7 Kardashev
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I have a very close relative who I have not seen in decades. When he dies - probably in the next couple of decades - his passing will be unremarked by me. I will not dignify it with any commentary at all, and I certainly won't embarrass myself by making an asinine public spectacle.
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Old 02-11-2017, 09:34 PM
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Well heck, why stop here?

On the grave of Ezekial Aikle in East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia:
Here lies
Ezekial Aikle
Age 102
The Good Die Young.

In a Ribbesford, England, cemetery:
The children of Israel wanted bread
And the Lord sent them manna,
Old clerk Wallace wanted a wife,
And the Devil sent him Anna.

"Here lies my Wife / in Earthy Mold / Who when she Died / and naught but Scold / Good Friends go softly / in your walking / Lest she should Wake / and Rise up Talking"




In Ballyporeen (Ireland) churchyard, on Teague O’Brian,
written by himself






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Old 02-11-2017, 09:50 PM
Location: Central Illinois -
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Originally Posted by KathrynAragon View Post

This reminds me of my grandfather's funeral. He hadn't darkened the doors of a church in decades. He left a string of ex wives and at least one illegitimate child in his wake. In his youth, he had looks, charm and money and he rode that wave as long as he could, but eventually he ran out of all three.

We really weren't sure what to do with him when he finally died (his last year he thought I was one of his ex wives and consequently I got more positive attention from him in that year than I had my entire life - though it always made me nervous that he might make a pass at me). My dad was his only recognized child so we were sort of stuck with the whole funeral thing.

My dad decided to be a decent sort and give him a small but tasteful funeral in the tiny country church that my dad's grandparents had attended so many years ago. Preacher was included.

Now this preacher had never met my grandfather. He knew nothing redeeming about him. And yet he got up there and talked about my grandfather as if he was St Jude or the Apostle Paul!

The bizarre thing is - I am almost ashamed to tell this, but I got the giggles during this diatribe. Of course, I was horrified at myself, but the more I tried not to laugh, the more it bubbled up inside me. It started because I noticed a certain verbal effect that this country preacher had - a sort of lilt at the end of each sentence, like an extra syllable or something added to the last word.

Then I made the fatal mistake of cutting my eyes over to my oldest son (who was about 14 at the time) at the exact instant the preacher did it again - and OMG. HE started to laugh - silently of course, but his shoulders up next to mine started shaking...then mine started shaking...and just about the time we'd get it under control, the preacher would do it AGAIN and we'd be sitting there side by side, with our heads bowed, hands pressed against our mouths, shaking like leaves on a tree!

THEN...as if that wasn't bad enough (we both actually started sweating as we tried our best not to burst into peals of laughter), my cousin down at the end of the pew felt the pew shaking...and she very solemnly passed a box of tissues down the pew. Bless her heart, she thought we were crying!

That just about completely did me in. At that point, the preacher was ready for the family to walk past the coffin for one last look and then exit left. I don't know how I made it up there - and I certainly wasn't paying my last respects! As soon as I got out that door and into the little holding area for family, my mother, who also thought I'd been crying, opened both her arms to fold me in a big hug and she said, "Poor baby - I had no idea you would be so upset!"

That was IT. My son and I burst into a weird sort of screaming laughter and began laughing so hard we actually DID start crying!

Oh my gosh. Good times!
That's a classic.
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Old 02-11-2017, 10:08 PM
Location: Louisiana
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