74-year-old "horse's ass" Leslie Ray Charping died in Galveston, Texas on January 30, leaving behind two of the most disgruntled children the world has ever seen. They penned an obituary for their father, a Navy veteran, that was published on the Carnes Funeral Home website. Since then, it has gone massively viral, to the point where it crashed the site and had to be removed. Once you read it, you'll understand why.
Here's the full obit:
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. Leslie battled with cancer in his latter years and lost his battle, ultimately due to being the horses ass he was known for. He leaves behind 2 relieved children; a son Leslie Roy Charping and daughter, Shiela Smith along with six grandchildren and countless other victims including an ex wife, relatives, friends, neighbors, doctors, nurses and random strangers.
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. While enlisted, Leslie was the Navy boxing champion and went on to sufficiently embarrass his family and country by spending the remainder of his service in the Balboa Mental Health Hospital receiving much needed mental healthcare services.
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. 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 quid witted sarcasm which was amusing during his sober days.
With Leslie's passing he will be missed only for what he rimer did; being a loving husband, father and good friend. No services will be held, there will be no prayers for eternal peace and no apologies to the family he tortured. Leslie's remains will be cremated and kept 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.
That record seems to confirm all of his children's accusations. He was first arrested in 1979 for assault, and pleaded guilty. He also pleaded guilty in 2008 after he poured hot liquid on his then-wife of 40 years. A year later, he violated her restraining order by calling a different family member and threatening to kill her. He pleaded guilty to that one too.
As Charping's obit has gone viral, the reaction on the internet has been decidedly mixed. Some support his kids, considering the obituary to be an important cathartic rejection of the man who subjected them to a lifetime of abuse. Others feel that they went too far, and should have kept their grievances within the family. In response, Charping's daughter released a statement to ABC 13 Eyewitness News. If anything, it's even more brutal than the obituary itself.
I wrote my father's obituary. I loved my father because he was my father and his passing would not have been any less difficult had he been a good father. As someone that 'hated a liar', I believe even he would have appreciated the honesty. 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. This obituary was intended to help bring closure because not talking about domestic violence doesn't make it go away!
Thank you to those that have offered sincere condolences, understanding and prayers for our family, your words bring comfort. I am happy for those that simply do not understand, this means you had good parent(s) -- please treasure what you have.
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.
The world may not miss Leslie Ray Charping, but at least he left behind a couple of kids who know how to stand up to a bully.