Obituary of the year

This is pretty great:

He loved his family, his neighbors, Georgia Tech, the Atlanta Braves, bowling (he was a great bowler), the Atlanta Journal/Constitution (where his dad had worked), Waffle House, Hickory House and the Picadilly Cafeteria, and Little Debbie. He didn’t get his final wish for Tech, which to see Paul Johnson get fired, but hey, there’s still time.

If only he’d taken out a life insurance policy big enough to cover Johnson’s buyout.

(h/t USA Today)

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29 responses to “Obituary of the year

  1. Comin' Down The Track

    The last cut is the deepest.

  2. “If only he’d taken out a life insurance policy big enough to cover Johnson’s buyout.” I think January is a little too early to throw out your quip of the year Senator. ;)

    • Maybe I’m just warming up. ;)

      • 81Dog

        Remember, Senator, there is no offseason for clean, old fashioned hate. You have set a high standard for the rest of 2014 with that one, however. Can you maintain focus and consistency? Stewart Mandel wonders if your gibe would be understood in Montana, but I think it was a nice shot.

  3. sniffer

    Picadilly Cafeteria, also known as “heavens waiting room”…

  4. Jerri Tatum

    I sure my Dad would be most amused to know that he ended up on a Bulldog blog. He did, bless his heart, send all three of his daughters to Georgia, so he was pretty well used to it.

    • This totally makes my day.

      Your dad must have been a heckuva guy. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hogbody Spradlin

      Jerri, that entire obituary is a work of art. Well done.

    • Go Dawgs!

      We’re sorry for your loss and we’re thankful for your sense of humor. It’s inspirational for those of us who are also dealing with loss.

    • Ginny

      A Tech and a Braves fan?? Bless his heart indeed. ;)

      I can only hope that my obituary one day is half as awesome as what I just read. A fitting tribute for sure. Well done.

    • Wow, Battle of the Bulge? The Great Generation is passing away before our eyes and I have no doubt your dad was great. Thanks for sharing your father’s story.

    • PTC DAWG

      Sorry for your loss, but glad we may have lightened the moment just a bit. I know his Obit lightened ours, great sense of humor.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Madam, you are a female Lewis Grizzard. Your father was obviously quite a fine gentleman. My condolences to you and your family.

    • BigSam

      Jerri, Jerri, Jerri.
      I am heartened to read the obituary of this fine man. No only was he a ‘Hell of an Engineer’, he was also a Hell of a Dad, Husband, Grandad and citizen. Thank you for sharing such a warm, loving tribute with all.

    • SSB Charley

      God bless your Dad. People like him are a big part of what I miss about the South. Thanks for sharing his story.

    • Jay Reminschneider

      How great for you to respond! I can only hope that someday my obit reads as well as his does! God speed Mr. Tatum.

    • aristoggle

      Lost my father who was a Damn Good Dawg late last summer. He was a cheerleader when he was a student and never outgrew it.

      I think I know what you are going through and hope that my father and yours are up there giving each other some good old fashioned gibes.

      Grace and peace to you and your family.

    • The other Doug

      Your Dad sounds like one of the best. My condolences on his passing.

    • What a great obit! Good on you and your family Jerri!

    • Toom

      Jerri, I concur. That obit was great. Felt a kindred spirit as I grew up on the Hickory House side of town.

  5. Russ

    That’s a person I can respect. God speed, tech fan.

    • Russ

      Correction – God speed, Tech Man.

      Ms. Tatum, I’m sorry for your family’s loss. As an engineer from UGA, I tip my cap to your dad.

  6. Dog in Fla

    Atlanta to Macon is the backbone of unusual obituaries. Mr. Tatum’s thoughts about Paul nicely complement the thoughts in one which reminisced about a 35-7 beatdown by Spurrier, “It is a shame that the last game he saw was the tragedy last Saturday night.”

    http://blutarsky.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/what-a-way-to-go/

  7. Spike

    Sorry for your loss, of course. But he sounds like a great guy. I want my ashes dropped on Papa Joes on Baxter Street.

  8. Debby Balcer

    What a wonderful tribute, he was a real hero. My condolences to his family. My oldest daughter and son in law are GT alums and share his wish for Paul Johnson to be gone.

  9. Connor

    From his obituary he seems a model human being. Any school would be proud to claim him as an alum.
    I wonder sometimes if my winner take all view of college football obscures the fact that fans of ‘opposing’ schools are most generally good people. My brother went to Georgia Tech, and he’s the best person I know. As much as I detest Auburn, I’ve never met an Auburn fan I didn’t like. Does familiarity breed such contempt? And if so, why? Is college football more divisive than it is inclusive?

  10. Lorenzo Dawgriguez

    Ms Tatum,

    I lost my Dad last year and he was 92 also. We won’t see the likes of that generation again.

  11. Spike

    The Greatest Generation, indeed!

  12. OhioDawg

    IMO, the best part of the whole obituary is this, “Burton and Taylor may have shown more passion and fire, but no man ever loved his wife more than my daddy.” I have to say, that made me tear up a little. I hope my son can say that in my obituary some day. This sounds like one great guy.