Larry Upright of Kannapolis, N.C., was a tried-and-true Republican who, according to an article in The Daily Mail, was “passionate about politics.” So when the 81-year-old North Carolinian died earlier this month, his family thought it appropriate to add a line at the end of Upright’s obituary — a dozen or so words that let his political sentiments be known to mourners and those paying their respects.
Normally such a small-town memorial wouldn’t generate this much attention, but it was the nature of that political message that has generated the kind of controversy that very few obituaries ever would. Larry Upright’s message from beyond the grave, as expressed by his loved ones: “The family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016.”
By clicking on the video above, you can watch local TV news coverage of the controversial obituary and the family’s reaction to all the attention it’s been getting.
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By the way, in addition to the plea not to vote for Hillary, there was another request in Larry Upright’s obituary: In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to a Shriners Hospital for Children in Florida.