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2013-03-10 07:18:38 PM
Indystar had a more in-depth article on this. The widow showed the plans quite some time ago and was told they would not allow it in the church cemetary. She had it made anyway. Also, there are actually 2 headstones that form the armrests for a bench in the middle. Yeah, it's shaped like a sofa with NASCAR and NFL logos on it. I'm not particularly formal and not religious at all, but I can see how a church might not want their 100yo cemetary all rednecked out.
 
2013-03-10 08:46:24 PM
Can't see how she has any case. It's their cemetery and they're a church. Government has no way to control their rules.
 
2013-03-10 09:02:54 PM
Finally, an HOA that makes good.
 
2013-03-10 09:05:41 PM
What breed of dog was it?
 
2013-03-10 09:11:39 PM

Staffist: What breed of dog was it?


East Springfield Smellhound
 
2013-03-10 09:46:35 PM
White trash transcends death.
 
2013-03-10 09:46:35 PM

ArkAngel: Can't see how she has any case. It's their cemetery and they're a church. Government has no way to control their rules.


Churches can be sued for breach of contracts.  But it looks like this chick didn't have a contract to install that gravestone.
 
2013-03-10 09:47:17 PM
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2013-03-10 09:48:26 PM

Staffist: What breed of dog was it?


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2013-03-10 09:48:28 PM
Nice to see she's over the whole "mourning" phase.
 
2013-03-10 09:48:32 PM
You know what would make a cool headstone? A big Easter Island head.
 
2013-03-10 09:50:28 PM

FunkOut: You know what would make a cool headstone? A big Easter Island head.


I liked the guy who had his wife's hooter carved on her gravestone.  Or  was it his?  I forget.
 
2013-03-10 09:51:02 PM
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And he's off!
 
2013-03-10 09:51:39 PM
Oh, those silly, fuzzy foreigners!

When will they ever learn??
 
2013-03-10 09:52:19 PM
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Just saw this one on Facebook. Eaten by mountain rats sounds like a painful way to go.
 
2013-03-10 09:52:20 PM
Ugh.  Wrong thread.

Please tell me the woman is foreign so that I might retain a bit of dignity...
 
2013-03-10 09:55:50 PM
And no Kiss coffins on Holy Ground.


/something something bear in a glass piano memorial
 
2013-03-10 09:58:56 PM

ArkAngel: Staffist: What breed of dog was it?

East Springfield Smellhound


Geech
 
2013-03-10 09:59:00 PM
If I were he pastor, I would allow the bereaved to place this hallowed marker on sacred ground on the condition that they would install a urinal on it.
 
2013-03-10 09:59:32 PM
She has no case.  Maybe she shouldn't support organized religion if she doesn't like their rules.  Aw fark it, thanks Obama.
 
2013-03-10 09:59:38 PM
Sounds way too busy. Too many themes. Just choose one.
 Does Cabela's carry a camouflage casket?
 
2013-03-10 10:00:09 PM

fusillade762: [sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 484x489]

Just saw this one on Facebook. Eaten by mountain rats sounds like a painful way to go.


Sounds like no one was watching the baby.
 
2013-03-10 10:02:08 PM
Just throw the white trash in with the rest of the compostables.
 
2013-03-10 10:06:48 PM
Sorry, redneck, no obnoxious crass headstone for you. Not your's.
 
2013-03-10 10:06:56 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Staffist: What breed of dog was it?

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It's a rock hound!
 
2013-03-10 10:07:40 PM
If you're ever stuck in Buffalo and looking for something to do, the Forest Lawn Cemetery is worth a visit. Up until the Great Depression, there was a shiat-ton of money in Buffalo, so there are quite a few fancy mausoleums including one by Frank Lloyd Wright, although that one isn't among the most interesting. One of them has a granite sofa and arm chair in front of it for some damned reason. Maybe the deceased was a furniture magnate. Anyway, they're sculpted to look all squooshy and comfy, inviting you to flop down on them and lounge for a while except that they're cold, hard GRANITE.

At least they're tastefully unadorned.

I saw a gravestone for a recently deceased young man in a rural graveyard in New Zealand that had a granite bottle of Jim Beam and a granite bottle of Speight's beer on it. Death by drowning. Presumably alcohol was involved.
 
2013-03-10 10:08:22 PM

wellreadneck: Sounds way too busy. Too many themes. Just choose one.
 Does Cabela's carry a camouflage casket?


So, dirt colored?
 
2013-03-10 10:09:06 PM
His final words were "Hold mah beer and watch this."

/way down here?
 
2013-03-10 10:14:35 PM
She should have known when the Pastor's robes looked like this
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2013-03-10 10:32:34 PM

fusillade762: [sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 484x489]

Just saw this one on Facebook. Eaten by mountain rats sounds like a painful way to go.


In 1876, Signal Station attendant Private John O'Keefe, told tall tales of life in the station to lawyer, newspaper man and drinking buddy, Eliphat Price. O'Keefe recounted a story of large, man-eating rats that lived in caves on Pikes Peak. The story then grew to include how these rats attacked him and his wife and daughter in the station itself - devouring a side of beef in less than five minutes. While Private O'Keefe tried to protect his family using a club to fend off the rats, it was actually Mrs. O'Keefe who saved the day by electrocuting the rats with a coil of wire connected to the signal station's battery. According to the story though, her efforts were too late. Before she could connect the wire to the battery terminals, hundreds of these killer rats had already devoured Erin, the O'Keefe's only daughter.

O'Keefe quickly erected a fake grave on the summit to support his story and, more likely, to woo tourists. However, there were only two problems with the story - O'Keefe wasn't married and he didn't have a daughter. Despite these obvious clues, the story hit the wires and ended up being published in many newspapers around the globe. (Rumor has it that Erin was actually O'Keefe's mule that had recently died.)
 
2013-03-10 10:36:04 PM
FIND A NEW GOD!
 
2013-03-10 10:41:46 PM
♫Just a dumbass hick. Tryin tp get her hick on........markin a graaaaave the only way she knows how. Well that's just a little bit more than good taste will allow♫
 
2013-03-10 10:44:23 PM
In this case, I really have to side with the church.
 
2013-03-10 10:48:38 PM
In 300 or 400 years, this will be considered a significant loss among anthropologists studying white trash.
 
2013-03-10 10:48:55 PM
Good. No one should like the Colts.
 
2013-03-10 10:56:22 PM

ruta: I saw a gravestone for a recently deceased young man in a rural graveyard in New Zealand that had a granite bottle of Jim Beam and a granite bottle of Speight's beer on it. Death by drowning. Presumably alcohol was involved.


So...  I guess you could say it was... on the rocks.
 
2013-03-10 10:56:46 PM

L.D. Ablo: In 300 or 400 years, this will be considered a significant loss among anthropologists studying white trash.


L.D. Ablo: In 300 or 400 years, this will be considered a significant loss among anthropologists studying white trash.


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2013-03-10 11:02:42 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Staffist: What breed of dog was it?

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Methlab?
 
2013-03-10 11:06:07 PM
a headstone with images of a deer, dog, color logos of NASCAR and the Indianapolis Colts on her husband's grave

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It's .... beautiful ....
 
2013-03-10 11:07:49 PM
I may have lost my mind, but it's not as hideous as I feared it would be. It's gaudy, but I've seen worse in Catholic cemeteries.

The worst has to be about 30 ft from my dad's grave. It's a laser-engraved stone with a 2'x3' depiction of the deceased riding his tractor in his cornfield.

Did I mention that the perspective is hideously wrong? I really need to take a picture of this thing the next time I'm driving past the cemetery.

Even though it may not be hideous, I'm pretty sure that Indiana law is going to back the archdiocese on this one.
 
2013-03-10 11:10:42 PM

UsikFark: L.D. Ablo: In 300 or 400 years, this will be considered a significant loss among anthropologists studying white trash.

L.D. Ablo: In 300 or 400 years, this will be considered a significant loss among anthropologists studying white trash.

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Yeah, no, I don't see a NASCAR headstone being in quite the same league as the Flavian Amphitheater
 
2013-03-10 11:10:55 PM
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There is a cemetery in Yekaterinburg that would be happy to bury your trash, I mean, loved one...
 
2013-03-10 11:13:24 PM

LibertyHiller: The worst has to be about 30 ft from my dad's grave. It's a laser-engraved stone with a 2'x3' depiction of the deceased riding his tractor in his cornfield.


So it had a Deere on it?
 
2013-03-10 11:47:20 PM
There is a local cemetery that laxed a bit on the rules about 10 years ago. There is one section that is very art deco. Then they tightened the rules again and they are back to regular looking stones.
 
2013-03-10 11:56:16 PM
Seen a gallery of some of the Russian ones - pretty tacky.

Do a GIS for "Barre Cemetery".  Barre, Vermont is home to renowned granite quarries and generations of Italian craftsmen.  Natch, some of them make their own grave markers.  Some are works of art; some, ah, well, have a look.
 
2013-03-10 11:57:04 PM
I've been to a convention of funeral directors where every tacky thing related to the industry was being peddled but this might beat all of them.
 
2013-03-11 12:05:29 AM
Eh, I've seen tackier:

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At least the guy actually liked NASCAR and the Colts; he didn't have gothwhale Juggalo parents project their retarted hobby on him.
 
2013-03-11 12:26:04 AM

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There is a cemetery in Yekaterinburg that would be happy to bury your trash, I mean, loved one...


Yikes. There's one near my mom's for a ~18 year old lacross player that's laser engraved like those, and it's bad enough,but those are multitudes worse...
 
2013-03-11 12:42:40 AM
So is she hot?
 
2013-03-11 12:46:21 AM
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2013-03-11 12:48:08 AM
I've never been to this parish, but I do know that Fr. Meyer is a conservative priest so it is not suprising he would object to such a momument. I've seen the wedding guidelines for his parishes that would give you an idea of his thinking. No unity candles, no Here Comes the Bride etc. He does lay out the reasoning behind each thing though of why they are not allowed based on tradition or scripture.

He did say this when discussing the wedding guidelines and how some people go overboard, which seems to fit into this discussion about the cemetery. "Yet, all of this was done with GOOD INTENTIONS. People are not intentionally trying to go against the Church. People are trying to create a meaningful experience, invoke emotions and make people feel good  The problem is that they often ended up making a mess and the bigger problem is that GOD is often neglected and/or forgotten. The thing that needs to be remembered is this: the Sacraments are more about God working than us doing."
 
2013-03-11 01:11:42 AM
The pictures. My god the pictures. They should have sent a poet.

It's a couch. The tombstone forms a couch. The only way it could be trashier is if they installed a TV that plays Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty in an infinite loop.
 
2013-03-11 01:12:55 AM

The Musky Scent Of Recent Male Completion: Seen a gallery of some of the Russian ones - pretty tacky.

Do a GIS for "Barre Cemetery".  Barre, Vermont is home to renowned granite quarries and generations of Italian craftsmen.  Natch, some of them make their own grave markers.  Some are works of art; some, ah, well, have a look.


I've been there! That place is...well, it's something.
 
2013-03-11 01:14:44 AM

BarkingUnicorn: FunkOut: You know what would make a cool headstone? A big Easter Island head.

I liked the guy who had his wife's hooter carved on her gravestone.  Or  was it his?  I forget.


I like how the singular hooter means something completely different than the plural hooters.
 
2013-03-11 01:20:03 AM

Russ1642: BarkingUnicorn: FunkOut: You know what would make a cool headstone? A big Easter Island head.

I liked the guy who had his wife's hooter carved on her gravestone.  Or  was it his?  I forget.

I like how the singular hooter means something completely different than the plural hooters.


The singular of "hooters" is "tit."  "Hooter" also means "marijuana cigarette" and "nose."  It's a versatile word.
 
2013-03-11 01:46:54 AM
I have a loved one who is buried in a potter's field.


There is no color there. What grass there is that still covers the grey ground has been dead for ages. The wind has blown garbage in from off the street and into the bushes. If there wasn't a wrought iron fence surrounding the property, it could be easily confused for a vacant lot.


The loved one who is buried there had a wit like Tallulah Bankhead's and a body like Joey Heatherton's (yeah, I'm dating myself). She used to be an accountant, a car mechanic, and when the underground newspapers in SoCal were at their peak during the late 1960s/early 1970s, she was one of their most popular nude models. She loved paint-by-number kits, unicorns, and driving as fast as your car could go. I had a cat that disliked women until one day she sat next to him on my couch and called him, "Handsome".


She now shares a plot with two other bodies tamped down on top of her's. One of those bodies belongs to an executed criminal who faked his death by murdering a homeless man and putting him in the driver's seat of a burning car. The next time I visit her, there will probably be a fourth body there.


I wish she could've died in England where they allow you to dress up somebody's plot. She would've loved to have had a grave decorated like a New Year's Day float. Her epitaph probably would've been her famous line, "Why does it gets cold everytime my nipples get hard?"
 
2013-03-11 02:07:08 AM
Is "too secular" now code for "trashy"?

"Girl, you can't wear leopard skin pants with a fluoro pink top, you look too secular!"
 
2013-03-11 02:28:00 AM

Coelacanth: I have a loved one who is buried in a potter's field.


Wow, when I'm dead and gone I hope I have loved ones who speak of me as you do her. Much better than a bunch of shiat on a grave.

/dusty in here
 
2013-03-11 02:34:40 AM
God bless the white trash.  They keep the sinners in church pissed off.
 
2013-03-11 02:49:56 AM

UsikFark: L.D. Ablo: In 300 or 400 years, this will be considered a significant loss among anthropologists studying white trash.

L.D. Ablo: In 300 or 400 years, this will be considered a significant loss among anthropologists studying white trash.

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2013-03-11 03:50:03 AM
[hugs Ancient Fishy]
 
2013-03-11 04:30:20 AM

Churchy LaFemme: Ugh.  Wrong thread.

Please tell me the woman is foreign so that I might retain a bit of dignity...


I guess it depends on what country you're from.
 
2013-03-11 07:36:05 AM
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Would have made her boobs much bigger, and flattened the tummy more.
 
2013-03-11 09:16:07 AM

ruta: If you're ever stuck in Buffalo and looking for something to do, the Forest Lawn Cemetery is worth a visit. Up until the Great Depression, there was a shiat-ton of money in Buffalo, so there are quite a few fancy mausoleums including one by Frank Lloyd Wright, although that one isn't among the most interesting. One of them has a granite sofa and arm chair in front of it for some damned reason. Maybe the deceased was a furniture magnate. Anyway, they're sculpted to look all squooshy and comfy, inviting you to flop down on them and lounge for a while except that they're cold, hard GRANITE.

At least they're tastefully unadorned.

I saw a gravestone for a recently deceased young man in a rural graveyard in New Zealand that had a granite bottle of Jim Beam and a granite bottle of Speight's beer on it. Death by drowning. Presumably alcohol was involved.


There's a decently old cemetery here (Woodlawn, Toledo, OH) that is pretty well known for the quality of some of the stonework. Lots of prominent local figures, three Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, alongside the poorest and most modest monuments.

The one that always struck me was the armchair. It's a granite armchair, on top of the obelisk making up the woman's headstone. The reason why? After her husband died late in life, she couldn't sleep in their common bed. She slept every night in her armchair, and before she passed, she made provisions for that chair to be her stone so she could be there for her husband.

It's a striking cemetery if you know local history. Lots of names you recognize- the men our high schools and many of the buildings at the college are named for, many of the major street names, families still prominent in local politics.

It also has one more edge- the trees. Woodlawn was the town secular cemetery, and cheaper than the religious ones. The myriad immigrants buried there brought trees with them, and now there are about 300 species of tree there. http://www.historic-woodlawn.com/nature/ It has ones that appear nearly nowhere else in the state.

Yet, it isn't home. Home is Riverview, down in the tiny town that my family hails from. Four generations of my father's side is there, and despite not having the luxuriant stonework, not having the myriad trees, and being the small-town standard disorganized, it's home. Even the one non-stone marker is okay- it's a painted steel chair, all some grieving mother could afford for her son back in the sixties. The cemetery and town offered to give her something a bit more permanent, and she wanted to keep it. She made it work, neatly painted, scrolled and trimmed, and it's part of the landscape.

I'm a genealogist by hobby. I'd be pissed to see one of my sacred places desecrated by such a stone. Show some class. Even the steel chair, a sign of such extreme poverty, has its own dignity. This is just classless.
 
2013-03-11 10:03:50 AM

Hector Remarkable: And no Kiss coffins on Holy Ground.


/something something bear in a glass piano memorial


What about Juggalo gravestones ?
 
2013-03-11 10:57:47 AM
My cousin's grave has laser etched pics of her and her hubby (he's still alive), her dog, and random flowers. This is in addition to the various flags, statues and crosses my family has put on there. The only other grave in the entire cemetery that is nearly that tacky belongs to someone with the same last name (no relation), but it looks like the Conleys are having a competition to see who can be the tackiest
 
2013-03-11 11:17:26 AM
BarkingUnicorn: FunkOut: You know what would make a cool headstone? A big Easter Island head.
I liked the guy who had his wife's hooter carved on her gravestone.  Or  was it his?  I forget.


For real?  I would have like to have seen that.
 
2013-03-11 11:17:58 AM
Geez, when my grandparents were buried the cemetery insisted on a headstone that is even with the ground so it is easy for them to mow.
 
2013-03-11 11:20:19 AM
Gyrfalcon: UsikFark: L.D. Ablo: In 300 or 400 years, this will be considered a significant loss among anthropologists studying white trash.
L.D. Ablo: In 300 or 400 years, this will be considered a significant loss among anthropologists studying white trash.
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Yeah, no, I don't see a NASCAR headstone being in quite the same league as the Flavian Amphitheater


True but that amphitheater was the hang out for the white trash of that day and age.
 
2013-03-11 12:26:49 PM
The Rolla Cemetery is actually pretty cool, despite being fairly deep down in the Ozarks. It was founded as a Civil War cemetery, if I recall correctly, and has some interesting stuff in it - like a stalactite with a name chiseled into it as a grave marker. There's also Bellefontaine Cemetery (bell-fountain, as the locals say) which has some fairly impressive people in it like Tennessee Williams, William T. Sherman, Thomas Hart Benton, and William Clark (of Lewis & Clark).
 
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