Word last week that Tommy Morrison‘s widow Trisha had announced a plan to cremate the former Kansas City boxer and have his ashes put in commemorative boxing glove necklaces for close friends and family to wear and carry was reportedly nixed by his mother and family.
Along with a planned farewell tour with the rest of Tommy’s ashes to Kansas City, Las Vegas and other proud points where Morrison’s career was to be celebrated.
But the family would have none of that, came the word. Morrison’s mother reportedly just wanted a quiet service with her son’s ashes in a small cemetery in Arkansas near Jay, Oklahoma where other Morrison family members are interred.
Uh, not so fast…
Shortly after speaking briefly with Morrison’s wife Trisha and an email exchange late last week, I was contacted by a gentleman named Darren Barcomb.
“Greetings, Trisha gave me your information and asked me to reach out to you,” Barcomb’s email begins. “I handle the Press Releases and Public Relations for Duke and Trisha. Tommy’s last wishes were to be cremated with his ashes being placed into keepsake memory boxing glove necklaces. These special keepsakes will then be distributed to special people in his life so they will have a piece of him for the rest of their lives. Tommy did not want a funeral service or burial. His wishes will be carried out.
“Also, there will be celebrations of Tommy’s life in his old fight territories- Vegas, Tulsa, Atlantic City, Kansas City, and as far as the UK and Australia- and also at the Boxing Hall of Fame. These events will allow Tommy’s family, friends, and fans the opportunity to say goodbye and will celebrate his great life and accomplishments. This is how Tommy wanted it done.”
There you have it.
Ixnay on the quiet family burial, full speed ahead with the far more cosmic Tommy Morrison keepsake ashes and farewell tour.
A press release will soon be forthcoming, Barcomb says.