A man in Galveston, Texas, passed away last month after a long fight with cancer. You may feel sorry for him, but his family is not. In fact, they are quite happy, to put it bluntly, to be rid of him.
Leslie Ray Charping died at the age of 75 after which his family posted an obituary unlike you have ever seen on Carnes Funeral Home website. The post, which has been removed from the site, soon went viral because the family did not mince words on exactly what they thought of their patriarch.
“Leslie Ray ‘Popeye’ Charping was born in Galveston on November 20, 1942 and passed away January 30, 2017, which was 29 years longer than expected and much longer than he deserved,” began the shocking obit.
The family then explained in succinct words exactly why they think that.
“At a young age, Leslie quickly became a model example of bad parenting combined with mental illness and a complete commitment to drinking, drugs, womanizing and being generally offensive. Leslie enlisted to serve in the Navy, but not so much in a brave & patriotic way but more as part of a plea deal to escape sentencing on criminal charges.”
“Leslie was surprisingly intelligent, however he lacked ambition and motivation to do anything more than being reckless, wasteful, squandering the family savings and fantasizing about get rich quick schemes. Leslie's hobbies included being abusive to his family, expediting trips to heaven for the beloved family pets and fishing, which he was less skilled with than the previously mentioned.”
One might think Charping must at least have one good redeeming quality. Sadly, it seems not.
“Leslie's life served no other obvious purpose, he did not contribute to society or serve his community and he possessed no redeeming qualities besides quick whited (sic) sarcasm which was amusing during his sober days. With Leslie's passing he will be missed only for what he never did; being a loving husband, father and good friend. No services will be held, there will be no prayers for eternal peace and no apologizes (sic) to the family he tortured,” the obit read further.
The unpleasant Mr. Charping was not buried; instead his remains were cremated and put in the barn “until ‘Ray,’ the family donkey's wood shavings run out. Leslie's passing proves that evil does in fact die and hopefully marks a time of healing and safety for all,” ended the brutal narrative.
Some people may think this was someone’s idea of a sick joke, but it’s not. Charping’s daughter, who requested not to be named, said to a CNN affiliate, "I am happy for those that simply do not understand, this means you had good parent(s) — please treasure what you have.”
“I apologize to anyone that my father hurt and I felt it would have been offensive to portray him as anything other than who he was,” she also said. “This obituary was intended to help bring closure because not talking about domestic violence doesn't make it go away!”
Charping's daughter even had a message to those both criticizing and praising her:
“Although I appreciate everyone’s concern, it would have been much more appreciated at any time during my childhood. For those being cruel, please remember that you now resemble my father and I would be more than happy to pen your obituary as well.”
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