Grave of Cancetto "Spaghetti" Farmica (Laurinburg, NC)

While the marker of Cancetto Farmica doesn't look much different than other markers in Laurinburg's Hillside Cemetery, if you look ...



While the marker of Cancetto Farmica doesn't look much different than other markers in Laurinburg's Hillside Cemetery, if you look closely, you'll find something strange. While Farmica died in 1911, he was not buried until 1972. According to SCNow, Farmica was a carival worker. One night, he fought with a fellow worker, who hit Farmica in the head with a tent pole. Farmica died later that evening.

He was taken to McDougald Funeral Home to be embalmed. His father could not afford to have Farmica brought home to Italy, so he remained at the funeral home. Originally he was on the third floor of the funeral home, but he eventually ended up in the garage, where tons of folks came and visited Farmica, who they unfortunately nicknamed "Spaghetti."

As the years went by, Farmica's fame grew as he became national news. In 1972, a New York politician caught wind of Farmica's sad saga, felt it was disrespectful to Italians, and pressured the McDougald Funeral Home to bury him.

What To Know Before You Go

GPS Coordinates: (34.784357, -79.461680)
Location: 426 Hillside Cemetery, Laurinburg

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