This item qualifies as "strange" only in the sense that it's unusual.
More importantly, it's also exemplary. -eds.
Employees of a Waffle House restaurant in Jefferson, Ga., held a funeral in
their parking lot recently for a beloved regular customer, Lawrence "Tuna"
Clark was such a regular that he called the restaurant his "office."
He ate there at least once a day. The staff knew how he took his coffee. They
knew his favorite seat. And they knew his favorite parking space; in fact, for
the service, his cremated remains were placed on the hood of a Chevrolet that
occupied the spot, and a ceremonial signature book was placed nearby.
The Athens Banner-Herald portrayed Clark as someone who earned the devotion
of the Waffle House employees by showing devotion to them. They nicknamed him
"the Waffle House taxi service," since they knew they could depend on him
if they needed a ride to work. Many credited him with keeping them employed
when engine troubles meant they didn't have transportation to work, the newspaper
"We wouldn't have jobs without him. Where would our kids be without him?"
asked Belinda Cole, one of the three dozen people who dabbed tears as they told
stories about him at the service.
In his last days, Clark discussed his funeral arrangements with niece Joyce
Bicksler and asked that he be memorialized at the restaurant. "He wanted people
to remember him as he was. He didn't want to be in a casket," Bicksler said.
"He wanted to be here."