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Galveston Man’s Family Gave Him A Brutally Honest Obituary

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Obituaries are usually a way to honor people after they’ve passed away. Well, this Galveston, Texas family sort of took a different approach, and wrote one of the most brutally honest obituaries I’ve ever seen.

Leslie Ray “Popeye” Charping, a 74-year-old Galveston resident, passed away Jan. 30th. His family decided they would let the world know what Charping was really like, instead of saying nice things about him they didn’t mean anyway.

In Charping’s obituary that ran in the The Houston Chronicle, his family describes him as “abusive with a commitment to drinking, drugs, womanizing and being generally offensive.”

The obituary got so much web traffic it reportedly crashed the funeral home’s website.

The obituary goes on to say

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 [sic] 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 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.

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