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Top 10 famous & unusual epitaphs

Our last top ten list looks at the epitaphs people choose to have on their tombstones. We’ve gone from last words, to funeral songs to tombstones – all of which reflect the character and passions of the individual who has passed away. Here’s our list of the top ten most funny, powerful and most importantly, memorable gravestone epitaphs:

  1. Frank Sinatra’s simple gravestone is headed up with the words 'THE BEST IS YET TO COME'.

  2. Mel Blanc, American voice actor best remembered for her work with Warner Brothers had 'THAT’S ALL FOLKS' inscribed above his name.

  3. The great Rev. Martin Luther King had these lines for his epitaph following his assassination: 'FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST, THANK GOD ALMIGHTY I'M FREE AT LAST'.

  4. Comic actor John Belushi coined the phrase 'But nooo' on Saturday Night Live on NBC. When he died young of an overdose his family chose the fitting epitaph "HE COULD HAVE GIVEN US A FEW MORE LAUGHS, BUT NOOOOO'.

  5. Actress Joan Hackett was known for her love of beauty sleep. Her epitaph reads 'GO AWAY – I'M ASLEEP'.

  6. John Yeast's family decided to take advantage of his unusual surname with the memorable epitaph: 'HERE LIES JOHNNY YEAST. PARDON ME FOR NOT RISING.'

  7. Emily Dickinson's simple epitaph says 'CALLED BACK'. The words are a direct quote in a letter she sent to her cousins shortly before her death which said, "Little Cousins, Called Back, Emily."

  8. Irish comedian Frank Carson chose to add some comedy to his gravestone. It jokes 'WHAT A WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT'.

  9. Winston Churchill bravely put on his gravestone, 'I AM READY TO MEET MY MAKER. WHETHER MY MAKER IS PREPARED FOR THE GREAT ORDEAL OF MEETING ME IS ANOTHER MATTER'.

  10. Comedian Spike Milligan chose to have the last laugh having 'Duirt me leat go raibh me breoite' written in Gaellic, which translates as 'I TOLD YOU I WAS ILL'.

These epitaphs all help to ensure these people are remembered long after they are gone. In the same way, a gift in your will can ensure that you continue to impact the world around you after you are gone. Check out more information on why you should leave a legacy behind you: http://www.christianlegacy.org.uk/individuals/why-leave-a-legacy

Posted by Christian Legacy on October 24, 2015 1:00 PM

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