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Writer of Best Obituary Ever Is ABC’s Person Of The Week

March 17, 2013

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Writer of Best Obituary Ever Is ABC’s Person Of The Week

Her obituary for her father quickly became known as “the best obit ever.

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” These are the home movies taken by a loving father from mississippi. Two daughters, this is his oldest, amanda. Through the years, he would document their childhood, their birthdays, and he would push them to great heights.

My dad was crazy. Irreverent. A character.

But he was there. And — every kid should have a dad who is there. Reporter: And so last week, when she learned from her mother that her dad harry likely just had a few days left, she drove from texas, back home to mississippi, filling this notebook with memories that would become his obituary.

And she read it to us. Harry weathersby stamps, ladies man, foodie, accomplished traveler, died on saturday, MARCH 9th, 2013. Harry was locally sourcing his food years before chefs in california started using cilantro and arugula, both of which he hated.

For his signature bacon and tomato sandwich, he procured 100% all white bunny bread from georgia, and tennessee’s bacon from his bacon of the month subscription. The women in his life were numerous. He particularly fancied smart women.

He loved his mom, wilma. He married his main squeeze, ann, with whom they had two girls. He taught them to fish, to select a quality hammer.

He took great pride in stocking their time bool boxes. One of his regrets was not seeing his girl, hillary clin win president. His signature every day look was all his.

A plain pocketed t-shirt, designed by the fashion house fruit of the loom. Harry traveled extensively. He only stayed in the finest quality aaa-rated campgrounds.

Many years later, he purchased a used popup camper for his family to travel in style. Which spoiled his daughters for life. Reporter: And she also took note of the day on which he died.

He particularly hated daylight savings time, which he referred to as the devil’s time. It’s not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. Harry wanted everyone to get back on the lord’s time.

Reporter: Feel like I’ve met harry. She showed me the tool box he so proudly helped her stock as a girl. So, if you don’t note how to select a quality hammer, I will show you.

Reporter: Teaching us a lesson, too. Turn it upside make sure it balances. Reporter: Harry’s smiling.

Yeah. He would be really proud of that. Reporter: And while some call it the best obit ever, for him, he was just — best dad I could have ever hoped for.