This is truly cold.
Sometimes pranks can be in good fun and entertaining even for the victim. Other times, they simply go too far. This North Carolina family were devastated to find a fake obituary printed for the passing of Cornelia June Rogers Miller, known as June, that was printed as a joke in the Cherokee Scout. Although the perpetrator may have thought it was funny, the family’s reaction proved that was anything but true.
A Strange Joke
Imagine losing a loved one. Imagine learning about that lose through an obituary that you, or anyone in your family, didn’t even write. That’s what happened to this North Carolina family after the loss of Corneila June Rogers Miller. In addition to someone else anonymously writing the obituary, it was riddled with insensitive and scathing jokes about the recently deceased.
The obituary opens with, “Cornelia June Rogers Miller, born June 12 1934, in Morton, Miss., left us on Thursday, Feb 23, 2017. She died alone after a long battle with drug addiction and depression.”
It only goes downhill from there.
Before it becomes outwardly insulting, the obituary begins including small, subtle insults that make fun of June and her family. It read, “Each child had three children, brighter and more attractive than the generation before them.”
The authors go on to grow more outwardly scathing, writing, “Drugs were a major love in [June’s] life as June had no hobbies, made no contribution to society and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life.”
After the blow of accusing June of “rarely [sharing] a kind word or deed in her life,” it seems that the mystery writer or writers gives up on pretending that the obituary is serious. It then begins to be riddled with disrespectful jokes.
They write, “Please let June Miller’s life be a cautionary tale. Addiction and hatred are no es bueno for the living.” Then it becomes very clear that whoever wrote this was not simply going for a laugh but had some serious hangups about June. They write, “We speak for the majority of her family when we say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed, and there will be no lamenting over her passing.”