Texas Man's Controversial Obit

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  1. Snick1946

    Snick1946 Active Member

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    This Obit appeared in the Houston Chronicle today:

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ho...spx?n=james-harrison&pid=149015606&fhid=10998

    Nothing unusual until you get to the end. In lieu of flowers he asks for donations to the Cancer Society and 'anyone running against Barack Hussein Obama'.

    I do not want this to get political- but I find it very sad that someone uses something that should be a legacy for their loved ones in this manner. If he really felt that strongly I guess it's ok, but it still just seems tacky- especially when some of the memorial book signers seconded it.
     
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  3. eileenhawkeye

    eileenhawkeye Active Member

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    Is it possible that he wrote his own obit before he died or told his family members what he wanted it to say? I agree that it would be sad if one of his family members with a strong dislike for President Obama used the obit to express their own political views or to even exaggerate Mr. Harrison's.
     
  4. angelmom

    angelmom The love stays...forever in our hearts

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    Why is that so tacky or sad? IMHO, no more or less offensive than someone asking for donations to Planned Parenthood or a pro life organization, the NRA or an anti-gun group, etc. I'm assuming this man felt very strongly about the president and hoped that he will only serve one term. I don't get why it's a big deal.
     
  5. GetSmart

    GetSmart New Member

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    Well bless his heart...after all we are talking about him and he isn't forgotten. I have no problem with it. He probably was very vocal about his feelings and could have wrote his own obit, ..I like the fact that it caught peoples attention.. Rest In peace Buddy ..
     
  6. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    I don't find it upsetting or in poor taste. But that's just me. It said it was a request made by the deceased man so I bet he was vocal about it like Getsmart said above.

    Wonder if he asked his family to put anything on his headstone about it?

    Just curious.
     
  7. marycarney

    marycarney Inactive

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    Had a famous obit in the Indianapolis Star years ago of a 90-something year old lady. After a long list of her accomplishments in life, the final line was "She was an ardent fan of Indiana University basketball - She was not, however, a fan of Bob Knight."
    Best. Obituary. Ever.
     
  8. southcitymom

    southcitymom New Member

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    I agree - no big deal (and I too am assuming that this man wanted his obit to include this - that the idea of stopping Obama's presidency at one term was important to him).
     
  9. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Hailing from Louisville KY myself I know exactly what she meant Mary LOL.

    Bless her heart.

    That actually had me laughing out loud and hard! :)
     
  10. oh_gal

    oh_gal New Member

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    Yes! Yes! Yes! A thousand times, yes!
    (I agree with you!)
     
  11. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    I suppose a dying man ought to have the right to request which ever donations he feels right about but the phrasing "ANYONE running" is a bit risky because "anyone" could end up being someone Mr. Harrison would have liked even less than Barack Obama.
     
  12. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    I doubt it. :smile:
    If he felt this strongly about Obama, I'd say he would think anybody that ran against him would be an improvement.

    JMO - not trying to talk for a deceased person.
     
  13. marycarney

    marycarney Inactive

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    I cut it out and saved it for the longest time!!
     
  14. davehead21

    davehead21 Active Member

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    That is hysterical!!!!

    As for the original post, I don't find it upsetting. I do, however, find it tacky.
     
  15. Zoe Bogart

    Zoe Bogart Let's not ask for the Moon, we have the Stars

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    "In lieu of flowers, at Jim's request, please make a donation to ANYONE running against Barack Hussein Obama..."


    It was at the request of the deceased. I don't see anything wrong with it. He probably stated his wishes many times. Good for his family for fulfilling them.
     
  16. Elphaba

    Elphaba Defying Gravity...

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    I chuckled at the Obama part... does that make me bad? LoL

    I don't think it is controversial... at least he had the cujones to be honest.
     

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