One of the classes at a college near me assigns students the job of writing their own obituary. Since the subject is thanatology, a degree of morbidity is expected; but students have fun with it nevertheless and I sometimes see the results. As a result, I have respect for people wanting to do weird things with their obituary.
Still, I’ve never seen one politicized until now.
WSOCTV reports that Larry Upright, 81, decided to have one last request put in his obituary: a request that people not vote for Hilary Clinton.
At this point, it goes without saying that Upright was a diehard Republican. According to his family, Upright not only enjoyed politics, he was “very passionate” about them, in the words of his daughter, Jill McLain.
His son, Mike Upright, said that “We did this for him,” and, “He had nothing to do with it other than voicing his opinion time after time after time.” His son added, “We know he’s up there giggling right now. Just laughing out loud.”
The line, at the end of the obituary, reads, “Also, the family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. R.I.P. Grandaddy.”
According to his wife, Colleen Upright, responses have been varied: “We have got some very sweet responses and some pretty nasty responses.”
RIP Mr. Upright, but I will indeed be voting for Hilary in 2016 — and probably again in 2020, too.