93-year-old Va. man visits newspaper to drop off own obituary

James Crumbley
In a May 13, 2015 photo, James N. Crumbley, 93, is photographed at home in Norfolk, Va. (Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Earlier this month a 93-year-old man carried his own obituary into a newspaper office in Norfolk.

James Crumbley wanted to know much it would cost to put his story in print.

He brought three typed pages about his life to The Virginian-Pilot. It turns out he’d already been written about many times.

Crumbley served as an airport manager in Norfolk and was instrumental in the evolution of Hampton Roads’ modern port.

He started working on his obituary a few months ago. He says it wasn’t odd to write about himself in the third person or the past tense.

He says he just wanted to make sure his story was properly told.

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