A story told by Beth Birkholz's grandfather has been made into a movie starring Bill Murray, Robert Duval and Sissy Spacek. It's about a man named Felix "Bush" Berazeale, who in 1938 "requested his own funeral while he was still alive to experience it."
Birkholz's grandfather owned the funeral home in nearby Lowden, Tenn., and had the funeral for Bush. More than 7,000 people from seven states came to witness the event, and it was featured in "Ripley's Believe It or Not."
And in case you're wondering if perhaps the whole thing can be chalked up to a bit of grandpa's hyperbole, Birkholz said the often-heard family story came complete with newspaper clippings backing up the whole yarn – and the postscript that when Bush finally did die, only five people, the funeral home's staff, attended his real ceremony. [Link]