Georgia man died ‘not wanting to witness’ 2016 election results

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in these 2016 AP file photos.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in these 2016 AP file photos.

A Marietta man’s obituary joked that he died over the weekend to avoid watching November’s election results.

The family of Bill Bryant Jr. wrote that he died Saturday at the age of 87 “not wanting to witness the results of the 2016 election and after determining nothing on television was worth watching anymore.”

It is the latest in a string of tongue-in-cheek obituaries venting at the November contest between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The obit of a 68-year-old Virginia woman went viral in May after it claimed she died rather than face the prospect of voting for either candidate.

Others have used their obituary to urge their family and friends not to vote for Trump or, in lieu of flowers, not to back Clinton. 

The obituary for Bryant, a U.S. Army veteran and father of six, called him a “graphic designer, goat herder, shepherd, cattleman, organic farmer, VW bus driver and all round character.”

“He lived his life honorably, with humor and to the fullest,” it read.

A helluva way to go.

Here is the full obituary that ran in the AJC today: 

William “Bill” Harold Bryant, Jr., husband of the late Marie Davis Bryant of Marietta, not wanting to witness the results of the 2016 election and after determining nothing on television was worth watching anymore, joined his wife Saturday, September 10th, 2016. They were married 55 years of which he frustrated her 98.3% of the time, his children 78.5% of the time and his dog; never at all. Born June 16, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia to William Harold Bryant, Sr. and Odessa M. Bryant. In 1947 he graduated in the last graduating class of the famed Boys High School of Atlanta. He then attended and graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology, remaining a lifelong fan, dutifully taking his disdain of the University of Georgia to the grave. In the final years of World War II he served stateside in the Navy reserves earning a set of fantastic uniforms. Following his graduation from Georgia Tech he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army serving at Fort Benning, Georgia where much hilarity ensued of which can only be hinted at due to the cost constraints of this obituary. At the end of his active duty he found himself with a desire to see more of the world so he went to Europe, Austria in particular, where he attended Art School for a few years, learned to speak German and flirted with many Austrian beauties. On his return to the States he attended Grace Methodist Church where he spotted a raven haired beauty in the choir and secretly resolved to marry her. At a church social he struck up a conversation and after a whirlwind romance complete with drama, flowers and a great story line the two were married. With the support of his blushing bride, he embarked on a storied career as a graphic designer, goat herder, shepherd, cattleman, organic farmer, VW bus driver and all round character. The book will be released next year. After an appropriate interlude the happy couple were blessed with a son, not one to quit, Bill kept trying for a daughter, ultimately having five sons before achieving the goal. He lived his life honorably, with humor and to the fullest. He is survived by sons William, his wife Delores, Mark and his wife Heidi, Alan, John, David and his wife Courtney, daughter Sharon, five grandsons and a dog named Jewel. Services will be held at 2:30pm, Thursday, September 15th at Georgia National Cemetery, 5580 Knox Bridge Hwy Canton Georgia 30114. 


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