Father’s Scathing Obituary Turned Into Book
Leslie Ray Charping passed away in January in Galveston but the family wasn't necessarily mourning his passing.
His daughter wrote an obituary that received national attention for describing his abuse and neglect toward the family.
Since that time, Charping's daughter has written a book that describes his downfalls in more detail.
She told KLTV, "The abuse went daily." She continued, "I plan on changing everything about domestic violence and child abuse. Everything. I want to change the legislature, I want to change funding, I want to change the reality. I want to change how people perceive it, and more importantly, I plan on changing the fact that people sweep it under the rug so conveniently without a moment's hesitation."
The book, titled Brutal Obituary, was written to shed light on abuse in hopes of helping someone suffering to come forward.
The book is available on Amazon.
Read the full story below.
"I told the truth," Sheila Smith, Charping's daughter, told KLTV. "I am not sorry for telling the truth and I am not sorry for standing up for myself." Smith continued, "For someone that knew him, and family members that knew him, and to see something on there that was a complete lie, I couldn't write that in good conscience."
The opening sets the tone.
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.
The obituary talks of his womanizing, his bout with mental illness and, for lack of a better term, laziness.
The family didn't even have a funeral service for him. Instead, had him cremated and the urn will be stored in the barn until "the family donkey's wood shavings run out."
Here is the complete text of the obituary.
"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 quick whited 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 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."