Among his favorites are the headstones of “Knock” and “Knock” in Illinois, the expired parking meter on the grave of a woman in Okemah, Okla., and the epitaph on Merv Griffin’s monument: “I Will Not Be Right Back After This Message.”
Appreciative of his own mortality, Tipton already has a headstone of his own waiting in the corner of his living room. A wedding gift from his friends, the tombstone is etched with the Find a Grave logo: a large question mark.
“I told my wife that when I’m gone, she can put the word ‘Jim’ on the back and move it around to whatever cemetery she likes,” he says, grinning. “But I’m hoping you don’t find my name on findagrave.com for many years to come.”
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