Man planned his funeral, wrote own humorous obituary

Marcus McDonald knew his time was short. He had lung cancer. His condition was deteriorating this fall.

So, McDonald, looking to spare his family the stress, picked out his own casket, made all his funeral arrangements and started writing his obituary Sept. 14 to spread the word of Jesus Christ, share his love for his wife and four daughters — and share his laid-back style of humor.

“I am writing this obituary, while still alive … so my family doesn’t have to go through this,” he wrote in the obit published in The State on Saturday, two days after he died. He was 58.

“My funeral will be held Monday at 2 p.m. … at Faith Presbyterian Church with interment immediately thereafter in Bush River Road Memorial Gardens. Sorry to have you driving all over the place from the church to the cemetery, but it’s my funeral and I don’t want to hear any excuses for not staying for the interment!”

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