ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — Larry Upright died just one day after Hillary Clinton announced she was running for president.
And in his obituary, his family made just two requests: please donate to a children’s hospital, and please don’t vote for Clinton.
“It’s a free country and what we did we thought was right for us,” Upright’s daughter Jill McLain told WWBT. Jill McLain came up with the idea to give her father 81-year-old Larry Upright a political voice post mortem.
He passed away Monday and at the very end of his obituary the family included a line that said quote “…the family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016.” Upright was a diehard Republican.
“He was very passionate about politics and probably passed a little of that on so it was natural for me to think about that.” Larry Upright’s wife Colleen said, “He talked to the TV, oh tried to get things straightened out through the television. They wouldn’t listen so now he’s finally getting his thing said.”
The Rowan County family didn’t expect the obituary to become so controversial, but they say 24 hours after it was printed they started getting major feedback.
“We have got some very sweet responses and some pretty nasty responses,” said Upright. “Some vitriol really but we can take it,” McLain said.
“If you don’t like it that’s fine. We didn’t do it for you, we did it for him. We know he’s up there giggling about it right now. Actually probably laughing out loud.”