Obituaries always seemed to be dry and sad. However, in the past year or two, a new trend has emerged: obituaries now are often written as light-hearted descriptions of the joy of the life of the deceased.
One example of obituary humor is that of Garnett (Buzzy) Whitt Jr. who died recently in Pulaski, Virginia. It starts with:
Garnett (Buzzy) Whitt Jr., was a Chevrolet man who would not be caught wasting money on anything less than the best. He held true to his principles on everything from race cars to basset hounds, tractors to generators, bourbon to leftovers. Buzzy liked his food fresh and his cars fast. He would be friendly to most anyone, and didn't need to steal a joke from any TV talk show to make you laugh. His wit was as fast as his ride, which he would not mind being mentioned before any family because what you drive is who you are.
You can read the entire obituary at http://www.roanoke.com/obituaries/article_c029027b-ae58-556d-baf0-7474e8ec5f70.html.