KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man’s obituary asked two things of friends and family: instead of sending flowers for the funeral, give the money to charity. And don’t vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016.
WSOC-TV reports the family of 81-year-old Larry Upright added the political message to the obituary announcing the Kannapolis man’s death and burial this week.
“Also, the family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. R.I.P. Granddaddy,” the obituary read.
Upright’s daughter, Jill McLain, said the rock-ribbed Republican was passionate about politics. She says that recollection prompted his family to ask obituary readers to reject Clinton’s presidential bid.
“He was very passionate about politics and probably passed a little of that on, so it was natural for me to think about that,” she told the TV station.
“We have got some very sweet responses and some pretty nasty responses,” said his wife Colleen Upright.
Mike Upright said his deceased father voiced his opinions regularly.
“We know he’s up there giggling right now. Just laughing out loud,” he told WSOC.
The obituary also describes Upright as an active member of local Masonic and Shriners organizations and a country club. He retired after a career in the building automation industry.