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Old 09-29-10, 08:05 AM   #1
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We should all have such a sense of humor

Yesterday I found this obituary for a Dr. Max J. Mobley. I didn't know the man, but his spirit shines through and I salute him for it. He must have written the obit himself. No one else would have dared be so irreverent. I hope no one is offended. I think we should all have such a sense of humor when it comes to the end.

Read it and enjoy.


Max J. Mobley III resident of Morrilton convinced a doctor that he had died on September 24, 2010. Max was born at St. Anthony’s Hospital on September 12, 1943, his mother died a few weeks later. Mickey, as he was called in childhood was raised by Judge Audrey and Mary Strait while Max II served as a physician in the Army in Europe.

The family moved to Russellville in 1948 where Mickey frustrated nuns in a two-room Parochial School in Dardanelle. Subiaco Academy and St. John’s Seminary provided high school education. Arkansas Tech, Catholic University of America and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville came later.

Sally Jo McGloflin whose early childhood was spent next door found Max again in college. The two married in 1965 and soon left for Peace Corps in Liberia, West Africa. Upon return Max got over on professors well enough to be granted a Ph.D. in psychology. He also managed to co produce with Sally two fine sons, Max J. IV and Harold Blaise Mobley.

He fed the family by doing research at the Center for the Study of Crime Delinquency and Corrections at Southern Illinois University, working in Mental Health at the West Central Arkansas Human Services Center and teaching at Northern Kentucky State College. However most of his career was a life sentence in the Arkansas Department of Correction doing almost 30 years from 1976 to 2006.

He was fortunate to have a wife who didn’t justifiably kill or mutilate him in his sleep, two boys more normal than he was, a number of good mentors, friends that were better than he deserved, and a number of his failures and aberrations that drew blessedly little notice.

He died regretting only that he had not shown more love and courage in standing up for people and principles that deserved more. He requested no flower or memorials, only that those who care to, think kindly and do an act of love and kindness for their neighbor.Cremation arrangements by Rosewood Cremation of Morrilton.
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Old 09-29-10, 08:18 AM   #2
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That is great! I'll have to add a new "coded name" file on my computer and begin working on my obit. Once completed, Iíll forward it to my two sons so it has a chance of getting past the wife. I suspect she is going to live longer than me, get all the money and give away all my toys.
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That is great! I'll have to add a new "coded name" file on my computer and begin working on my obit. Once completed, I’ll forward it to my two sons so it has a chance of getting past the wife. I suspect she is going to live longer than me, get all the money and give away all my toys.
Any good bicycle toys, "Dad"?
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Awesome obit.
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Old 09-29-10, 09:11 AM   #5
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Awesome obit.
...and a pretty awesome life as well.

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Seems like Mickey was indeed a lucky man.
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Wish I had written, if not actually used, it.
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Interestingly enough, my uncle, also a resident of Morrilton Arkansas, died today. Small town, and a small world.
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I think we should all have such a sense of humor when it comes to the end.
Agreed!
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I don't know about the rest of you losers, but I plan on having no need for an obit.

So far, so good.

Heck, I'll never get to see it printed anyway.
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I don't know about the rest of you losers, but I plan on having no need for an obit.

So far, so good.

Heck, I'll never get to see it printed anyway.
Good luck with that. Last I heard, nobody gets out of here alive.

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Reading the obit I got the impression that anyone who actually knew him was enriched by the experience.

I must confess that I scan the local obits regularly now and have seen far too many names of people I know, this type of obit is IMHO far better than the dreary, predictable prose that the funeral homes prepare for the paper.
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That's great. Kind of inspires me to write up something for myself to have available 50 years or so from now when someone will need an obit for me.
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When the wife and I were discussing my pension she chose an option based on my living 16 more years. I have pebbles in a jar and take one out every Saturday. The second Saturday in June of 2026 there will be one pebble left. We'll see.
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