Galveston man Leslie Ray Charping died late last month after a battle with cancer. The passing of the 75-year-old, however, was without the pleasantries and condolences that might normally accompany the death of a loved one.
Charping’s obituary has gained widespread attention for being, as Galveston’s ABC 13 puts it, “brutal, yet honest.”
The obituary, which you can read in full here, says that Charping died, “January 30, 2017, which was 29 years longer than expected and much longer than he deserved.” The obituary was assumedly written by the “family he tortured” and calls Charping “a model example of bad parenting combined with mental illness and a complete commitment to drinking, drugs, womanizing and being generally offensive.”
In case you’re wondering what kind of funeral you hold for someone who left behind “2 relieved children… and countless other victims” — you don’t. The obituary’s author makes it clear that there will not be a service or “prayers for eternal peace and no apologizes to the family he tortured.” Instead, the family planned to keep Charping’s cremated remains “in the barn until “Ray,” the family donkey’s wood shavings run out.”
Charping’s only redeeming qualities? His “quick whited [sic] sarcasm which was amusing during his sober days” and his “surprising” intelligence.
It seems what little peace Charping’s family took from his passing was the confirmation that “evil does in fact die and hopefully marks a time of healing and safety for all.”
Ironically the scathing obituary is accompanied by a picture of a peaceful beach scene.