The obituary of a 75-year-old Galveston, Texas, man who died of cancer last month is getting a lot of attention for its brutal description of the deceased.
Leslie Ray “Popeye” Charping lived “29 years longer than expected and much longer than he deserved,” begins the obituary, which states that Charping’s children were “relieved” at his death. It got so much attention that the volume of people trying to read it apparently crashed the local funeral home’s website. News station KHOU posted a screenshot of the full obit on the document sharing site Scribd.
“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,” the obituary reads. “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.”
The Houson Chronicle notes that over the course of his life, he pleaded guilty to two assaults, including one incident in which he poured hot liquid on his wife. He subsequently violated her restraining order against him by calling a relative and threatening to kill her.
The diatribe refers to Charping as both “evil” and “a horse’s ass,” and concludes by saying that no services will be held:
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 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.
The author, who says that Charping was her father, sent a statement about the
obituary to ABC 13. The station did not reveal her identity, but published the full statement. In it, she says that her father “hated a liar” and would have “appreciated the honesty” of what she wrote. She also said she felt it would have been “offensive” to portray him dishonestly.
“Although I appreciate everyone’s concern, it would have been much more appreciated at any time during my childhood,” she said. “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.”