Burial plan: Man wins prize for his own coffin

Posted October 19, 2008 6:16 p.m. EDT
Updated October 20, 2008 7:27 a.m. EDT

— Grady Hunter will take his prize-winning entry in the N.C. State Fair to the grave.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Hunter, 75, won a blue ribbon in this year's crafts and hobbies competition by making his own coffin.

Earlier this week Hunter told WRAL News that he was "tickled to death" with the coffin.

Hunter, who works in a lumber yard, wanted to improve on store-bought caskets, so he installed three inches of foam at the thinnest point, rising to 12 inches at the head to place his body on an incline. The case has hard-rock maple and Brazilian cherry. He also routed his signature into the wood.

"I've never lived in a house that I didn't build myself, so why start now," Hunter told WRAL News.

On the inside of the lid, Hunter plans to pin pictures of his son, daughter and grandchildren, so he can take those with him.

Hunter has even lined up pallbearers for his funeral, and he's writing his own eulogy.