It likely didn't take readers long to realize there was something different about Norman Saurage's obituary that appeared Sunday in The Advocate.
The first line is routine: "Henry Norman Saurage III died on Saturday March 7, 2015 as a result of ALS, diagnosed on January 30, 2014.
But the second line is the kicker: "That was me, and (obviously before today's paper) I did write this obituary you are reading."
Saurage explains in his self-written obituary that he "departed God's green Earth in good humor," and that's evident in this anecdote: "...I died at peace after hearing my wife (Donna Maddox) say, 'When you're gone, I don't want another husband...I want a dog!"
Perhaps fittingly so, Saurage ends his obituary with a humorous line and a good thought.
"If you think of funeral flowers, since I don't think I'll be able to smell them, I suggest you give flowers to someone who is special in your thoughts. Or if you wish, make a contribution to your place of worship. May God bless you and keep you forever."
Saurage spent nearly six decades with Community Coffee -- the company his grandfather started in 1919. Saurage started by driving trucks with coffee as a teenager in the 1950s.
He grew up in Baton Rouge and went to University High School.