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Harry Weathersby Stamps

December 19, 1932 -- March 9, 2013

Long Beach

Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies' man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Harry was locally sourcing his food years before chefs in California starting 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, Blue Plate mayonnaise from New Orleans, Sauer's black pepper from Virginia, home grown tomatoes from outside Oxford, and Tennessee's Benton bacon from his bacon-of-the-month subscription. As a point of pride, he purported to remember every meal he had eaten in his 80 years of life.

The women in his life were numerous. He particularly fancied smart women. He loved his mom Wilma Hartzog (deceased), who with the help of her sisters and cousins in New Hebron reared Harry after his father Walter's death when Harry was 12. He worshipped his older sister Lynn Stamps Garner (deceased), a character in her own right, and her daughter Lynda Lightsey of Hattiesburg. He married his main squeeze Ann Moore, a home economics teacher, almost 50 years ago, with whom they had two girls Amanda Lewis of Dallas, and Alison of Starkville. He taught them to fish, to select a quality hammer, to love nature, and to just be thankful. He took great pride in stocking their tool boxes. One of his regrets was not seeing his girl, Hillary Clinton, elected President.

He had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, Lane cakes, boiled peanuts, Vienna [Vi-e-na] sausages on saltines, his homemade canned fig preserves, pork chops, turnip greens, and buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread.

He excelled at growing camellias, rebuilding houses after hurricanes, rocking, eradicating mole crickets from his front yard, composting pine needles, living within his means, outsmarting squirrels, never losing a game of competitive sickness, and reading any history book he could get his hands on. He loved to use his oversized "old man" remote control, which thankfully survived Hurricane Katrina, to flip between watching The Barefoot Contessa and anything on The History Channel. He took extreme pride in his two grandchildren Harper Lewis (8) and William Stamps Lewis (6) of Dallas for whom he would crow like a rooster on their phone calls. As a former government and sociology professor for Gulf Coast Community College, Harry was thoroughly interested in politics and religion and enjoyed watching politicians act like preachers and preachers act like politicians. He was fond of saying a phrase he coined "I am not running for political office or trying to get married" when he was "speaking the truth." He also took pride in his service during the Korean conflict, serving the rank of corporal--just like Napolean, as he would say.

Harry took fashion cues from no one. His signature every day look was all his: a plain pocketed T-shirt designed by the fashion house Fruit of the Loom, his black-label elastic waist shorts worn above the navel and sold exclusively at the Sam's on Highway 49, and a pair of old school Wallabees (who can even remember where he got those?) that were always paired with a grass-stained MSU baseball cap.

Harry traveled extensively. He only stayed in the finest quality AAA-rated campgrounds, his favorite being Indian Creek outside Cherokee, North Carolina. He always spent the extra money to upgrade to a creek view for his tent. Many years later he purchased a used pop-up camper for his family to travel in style, which spoiled his daughters for life.

He despised phonies, his 1969 Volvo (which he also loved), know-it-all Yankees, Southerners who used the words "veranda" and "porte cochere" to put on airs, eating grape leaves, Law and Order (all franchises), cats, and Martha Stewart. In reverse order. He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil's Time. It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest.

Because of his irrational fear that his family would throw him a golf-themed funeral despite his hatred for the sport, his family will hold a private, family only service free of any type of "theme." Visitation will be held at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport on Monday, March 11, 2013 from 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Jeff Davis Campus) for their library. Harry retired as Dean there and was very proud of his friends and the faculty. He taught thousands and thousands of Mississippians during his life. The family would also like to thank the Gulfport Railroad Center dialysis staff who took great care of him and his caretaker Jameka Stribling.

Finally, the family asks that in honor of Harry that you write your Congressman and ask for the repeal of Day Light Saving Time. Harry wanted everyone to get back on the Lord's Time.

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Published in The Sun Herald from Mar. 10 to Mar. 11, 2013.
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March 29, 2019
There are lots of phrases in Harry's obit that are memorable. Among my favorites:

He excelled at growing camellias, rebuilding houses after hurricanes, rocking, eradicating mole crickets from his front yard, composting pine needles, living within his means, outsmarting squirrels, never losing a game of competitive sickness, and reading any history book he could get his hands on.

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He despised phonies, his 1969 Volvo (which he also loved), know-it-all Yankees, Southerners who used the words "veranda" and "porte cochere" to put on airs, eating grape leaves, Law and Order (all franchises), cats, and Martha Stewart. In reverse order. He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil's Time. It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest.

If they gave Pulitzers for obits, this Harry's would be a slam-dunk.
Don
March 7, 2019
Fondly recall this obit and as I approach spring forward lament losing an hour of sleep to DST. Hope the heavenly realm is a journey full of peace and goodness, Harry.
Cathy Benson
March 5, 2019
Every year when we are faced with "Springing Forward" I think of you, Harry. I never knew you in this life but will certainly look you up when I cross over the bridge!
Margaret Perritt
March 4, 2019
Love following this legacy. Brings a smile to my face every time I get an alert that someone else has posted a message in honor of Harry. Never forgotten. xoxo
Leslie Calderoni
March 4, 2019
Six years after, I find myself still mesmerized by the spirit of the obituary, and - by extension - of a man I never knew.
Rick Brown
October 19, 2018
Another fall, another reminder of the daylight savings nonsense and of Harry Stamps's good sense. One day wisdom will prevail...
October 18, 2018
Harry Stamps was one of my favorite teachers at Jeff Davis. I can still hear him say "We live in a highly mobile society", when referring to Americans migrating from place to place. I had him for Sociology in the mid 70's. What a guy. We all loved him. Rest in peace, Harry, you will never be fogotten
Paul Schroder
March 27, 2018
Brilliant! I wish he had been my uncle! Who says everday ordinary people aren't also interesting? This proves it.
May he live on forever and ever in your hearts and memories. Thanks for sharing him with us
Diane Demurak
March 13, 2018
With great respect and condolences to the family!
Tiffany Perger
February 28, 2018
Harry, my dear friend. I am sorry that you had to leave this earth but I am sure that we will get rid of the horrible day light savings time. I remember when I first met you twelve years ago. Ah, I miss those times.
Hylo Wolf
March 19, 2017
Such a wonderful and heartfelt tribute to someone who was obviously loved as much as he loved life. <3
March 8, 2017
Harry, I am just checking in. The damned Day Light Savings Time is coming up again but I have no hope that this Trump Bunch will do anything to get rid of it. Rest in Peace, my friend.
Margaret Perritt
March 7, 2017
Don Lineback
February 3, 2017
I was one of the few, of the thousands of students, who had the good fortune to take Mr. Stamps history course in the 1970s at MGCCC. It was one of the most memorable college courses I have ever taken. Who can forget the thunderious portrayal of characters in history in the booming voice of Mr. Stamps standing on a table mounted with his armor plated lectern. I'll never forget the speech he gave on the day he forgot about being on the table, and stepped back from his lecture.

The noise was so loud, teachers from two other classes rushed in, assuming that Mr. Stamps either had been assaulted by a student who disagreed with him, or somebody had planted a bomb.

With a horrified look on her face, I clearly remember a teacher asking Mr. Stamps if he wanted her to call an ambulance.

In his clear and determined voice, I heard him say, "Never! History has no time to wait, history marches on".

With that, he continued his rousing rendition of his history lesson. As we were helping him up from the floor, I noticed he didn't ask for his lectern to be placed back on the table. Throughout the entire rest of the course, the lectern never made it back to the table again.

However, we students were so appreciative of the lessons he taught, we all chipped in at the end of the course, and bought him another table. Just to be sure, we had the carpentry shop reduce the height of the table from 3 feet down to 6 inches.

Since Mr. Stamps was well known to totally use the assets he was given to teach his love of history, it was no surprise to see his lectern returned to its rightful place in the middle of the table at the start of the next semester. Only this time, the table was 6 inches high.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Stamps, you've earned your place in history!
January 27, 2017
So glad I happened across this obit. Clearly Mr Stamps was was natty dressed Bon Vivant. Rest in Peace Dear Sir.
Billy Bob Grohl
December 1, 2016
The Cayman Islands don't have daylight savings time. I think they listened to Harry.
November 30, 2016
what an amazing person he must have been! Such a beautiful story told in this obit, kudos to whomever wrote it! thank you for the smile!
Dawn
November 8, 2016
I'm sorry Harry. I always feel like we've let you down when the clocks change. I promise that we're still working on it. I know you will be smiling when we finally get it done!
Joyce G.
November 7, 2016
I have been wrestling with getting all the clocks to match up and thinking of you, Harry. The only one that was easy is the one on my new Volvo--Think of that!
Margaret Perritt
August 5, 2016
I still think of you and my DAD who passed on the same day.
Two men how hated DLST. Rest in peace.
August 4, 2016
This seemed to be a truly great man that I never met, but find myself thinking about regularly. This obit and the story of this man's life inspire me. Rest in peace good sir.
John Siegfried
July 5, 2016
Harry, Working in the daylight savings time!
D Pomerleau
June 7, 2016
This is someone you always wish you could have met in life. Cheers to a hardy life. I sure hope that his friends and family knew what they had with this gem in their lives!
Lindsay Penticuff
May 5, 2016
What a good laugh I've had this morning. A man that stood on his principles.
January 29, 2016
lots of love. -Ashley
November 13, 2015
Hi Harry. Thinking about you. Still working on the time change thing :)
November 12, 2015
It's wonderful to see that many continue to celebrate the life of Harry Stamps. Musta been a pretty awesome fella.
Bj Jones
March 10, 2015
Yesterday I thought of my Dad and Mr. Stamps who passed away on the same day 2 years ago. My Dad also couldn't stand DST.
March 9, 2015
I've been thinking of you these last few days. We will keep trying. I know that you will be cheering for us when we finally get it done :)
Joyce Griffiths
March 9, 2015
My last thought Saturday night was of Harry Stamps. Knowing his feelings has made the "scourge of the clocks" easier for me to bear. Harry Stamps lives on!
Jo Ann Duplechin
March 8, 2015
Harry, wherever you are, know that your spirit lives on. I dislike DST as much as you did. On the first day of DST in the USA, I'm where the time never changes -- Grand Cayman. Wish I could stay here! And the weather ain't bad either.
Don Lineback
February 18, 2015
A well-regarded international news organization introduced Mr Stamps to me and other interested wanderers. Thank you for sharing your friend and beloved family member and now inspiring an even larger community.
McCain-in-4
December 12, 2014
What a sensational, loving, smart, funny and endearing obituary..Harry Stamps will always be remembered by those who never had the luck to meet him in this life
JR Badgley
November 30, 2014
May God bless your family!
Tina Czwalina
July 13, 2014
Obviously a brilliant, charming fellow.
July 9, 2014
I didn't know this guy but he sounds like he lived a full life. There is little doubt it was exciting unlike so many who are here just marking time!
Bob Ross
May 1, 2014
I always groan when I have to change my clocks for daylight savings time. Now, each year, I'll remember Harry and smile.
Barbara Wood
March 20, 2014
I come back to this obit each year around daylight savings time and it puts a smile on my face each time. I would have enjoyed meeting Mr Stamps. He has touched my life and countless others. Rest in peace good sir.
Bryan Chandler
March 18, 2014
We are working on the Daylight Saving Time thing Harry! I will think of you every time we have to mess with the clocks and vow to be tireless in my efforts to get rid of The Devil's Time :)
Joyce Griffiths
March 17, 2014
So I still haven't heard back from my state rep about changing this law, but I'm holding fast and have yet to change my clock. I think Its starting to irritate my wife and boss, but I dont care. Its a principle thing.
Keith Gallagher
March 16, 2014
RIP Mr. Stamps.
Shirlee Arkwright
March 16, 2014
Remembering Harry along with my dad, Ben
Kathie Pratt
March 10, 2014
My Dad passed on the same day as Mr. Stamps. I thought of him and my Dad over the weekend and at the moment our clocks had to change.
March 10, 2014
I thought about him, too, as we changed our clocks. He was my sociology prof at JD and I will always remember his wit and wisdom.
Darlene Turan
March 9, 2014
I thought of this wonderful man whom I never knew, today, as I was forced to reset my clocks to "the devil's time". Rest in peace Mr. Stamps
January 28, 2014
Harry was my brother-in-law and I want to thank all the people who have visited this site and made the wonderful comments about Harry. He was not perfect, none of us are, but he was a great guy and most importantly he loved his family more than anything in this world. I will always treasure the fact that he was my brother I never had.
Joel Moore
December 31, 2013
I am checking in today to wish a very Happy New Year to Harry's family. I read this obituary from time-to-time just to remind myself that there are good people with a sense of family and humor among us and that life is to be lived to the fullest so that our children will remember us fondly. Thanks.
Margaret Perritt
November 13, 2013
I believe Harry would have been very proud of his daughter. You captured him beautifully, this is the way it should be. Harry sounds like a fine southern gentleman rest in peace dear Harry.
T G
October 31, 2013
A B
October 3, 2013
Sorry for the loss of your father. I never met Harry, but he seemed to have been quite the man. Almost the spitten image of my grandfather. Harry is looking down on you with a BIG smile. He would have been very proud of you. Thanks for sharing this amazing eulogy. God Bless.
Shannon Albarez
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