The scathing obituary for the late Leslie Ray Charping of Galveston, Texas, is going viral, even though it is anything but cute, sweet or heartwarming.
“Leslie’s passing proves that evil does in fact die and hopefully marks a time of healing and safety for all,” his daughter, who requested not to be named, remarked in the brutally honest obituary, according to CNN.
The man’s life, his daughter wrote, went on “longer than expected and much longer than he deserved.” The family did not hold a funeral service for him after he passed away at the end of January, notes KTRK.
“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,” the obituary states, according to CNN.
The biting entry remarks that Charping served in the Navy, but only to avoid being sentenced for criminal charges rather than “a brave and patriotic” enlistment. The family had him cremated and placed his remains in the family barn.
“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,” states the unconventional obituary. “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-witted] sarcasm which was amusing during his sober days.”
The brutally honest writer told KTRK that she has received some cruel responses for her words but said that she is “happy for those that simply do not understand,” as this indicates that they probably had a more satisfying upbringing.
“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,” the daughter explained in a statement to KTRK. “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!”
Sources: CNN, KTRK / Photo credit: Matt H. Wade/Wikimedia Commons