This incredibly scathing obituary is not to be missed

The memorial has since been removed from the funeral home's website

No matter how bad you’ve been, your obituary is unlikely to be as scathing as the one published by a Texas family on Friday.

The obituary for Leslie Ray Charping, which has since been removed from the site of Carnes Funeral Home, caught the eye of reporters and has since been published worldwide.

Charping’s obituary, which was written by his daughter, makes no bones about it; he was an abusive husband and father, a bad friend, a rotten fisherman and tormenter of pets.

It also calls him a “horses ass” who only enlisted in the Navy as part of a plea deal to escape sentencing on criminal charges.

“At a young age, Leslie quickly became a model example of bad parenting combined with mental illness and a complete commitment to drinking, drugs, womanising and being generally offensive,” the obituary says.

“Leslie was surprisingly intelligent, however he lacked ambition and motivation to do anything more than being reckless, wasteful, squandering the family savings and fantasising about get rich quick schemes,” it goes on. 

The memorial adds that he leaves behind “two relieved children” and “countless other victims including an ex-wife, relatives, friends, neighbours, doctors, nurses and random strangers.”

“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.”

The obituary ends by saying that  Carping’s passing, on January 30 from cancer at the age of 75, “proves that evil does, in fact, die.”

Charping’s daughter, who declined to be named, told Channel ABC13 in Galveston, Texas, that she felt it would have been offensive to portray him other than as he was.

“Although I appreciate everyone’s concern, it would have been much more appreciated at any time during my childhood,” she tells ABC13. “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.”

Possibly unsurprisingly, the family did not hold a funeral service, nor was there a prayer for eternal peace. Instead, his ashes will be kept in the barn until the family runs out of wood shavings to sprinkle on the floor of the stall of its pet donkey Ray.

What would you like your obituary to say? Have you ever read one as searing as this one? Would you do the same to a horrible relative?

  1. Diana  

    Good for her! I like the ashes sprinkled on the floor of the donkey’s stall, no doubt he had tormented this animal along with others. Putting up an obituary which lauded this man to the skies when he was obviously a complete creep would have offended all who knew him.

  2. Margaret  

    I agree – some people miraculously become saints on their passing…

  3. Margaret  

    Oh boy, if I’d have had the chance I would have done a beauty but I divorced him and he married his last whore, she was his 13th so,she did it, what a bummer

  4. Phyllus  

    Well said, I refused to go to my fathers funeral for much of the same reasons. He was a donkeys butt as well so I did not spare him a moments grief

  5. Well said. I’m a firm believer that if you were evil when you were alive then you are still evil in death!! Wished i could have penned something appropriate after my worst than evil grandfather died but internet was not invented. Shame!!

  6. Kate Mary Mitchell  

    Well done, and when my brother dies i will do something much like this as well..

  7. pete harper  

    your all sarcastic people who deserve a similar obituary when you go.
    What happened to a fair go and the right of reply.
    If you cant say something nice,say nothing,ya bastards

    • Janet S.  

      Back at you Pete. Lead by example. Do as I do. Treat others blah blah and so on.

    • Henrietta  

      Probably no-one in that family had a right of reply when he was alive but they have it now with no repercussions from the nasty person he obviously was. According to your last sentence, Pete, you should have said nothing either!!

  8. Linda  

    Pete – I am pleased that you have lived a happy life without the presence of a family member who has tormented you. Many of us suffer the scars from abusive parents and other family members. Your comment that “your all sarcastic people who deserve a similar obituary when you go” suggests that you have not experienced abuse. Until one experiences abuse, one is not in a position to pass judgment on the opinions of others in this situation.

    • Jenny  

      Good for you Linda. I agree. I always said I’d dance on my father’s grave. Only to find someone had scattered his ashes on my beloved brothers grave because they didn’t want to pay for a place. So I danced on the path instead and let out my feelings , boy that was good

  9. rikda  

    To long.
    I like this one.
    “Here lies Antonio Degrasseo. Died Suddenly 4.20.1971
    Brilliant husband. Smart dad.
    As an electrician, not so much”

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