Leslie Ray Charping’s family is happy that he’s gone, and wanted to let the world know it.

In an obituary published Friday on the website of Texas City’s Carnes Funeral Home, Charping’s family wrote a sharply worded obituary, saying he lived “much longer than he deserved.”

“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 said.

Charping died in January. He had suffered from cancer. He was 75

He was a Navy veteran and a boxing champion, according the obituary. But he also abused drugs and alcohol, squandered his family’s money and was abusive, the obituary said.

“Leslie’s remains will be cremated and kept in the barn until ‘Ray,’ the family donkey’s wood shavings run out,” the obituary said. “Leslie’s passing proves that evil does in fact die and hopefully marks a time of healing and safety for all.”

The obituary quickly went viral, after it was reported on by a Houston television station. Jay Carnes, the owner of Texas City’s Carnes Funeral Homes, said the attention from the obituary started overwhelming his business’ computer servers about 5 a.m.

Carnes said “hackers” tried to take advantage of the obituary’s popularity and started posted inappropriate comments and links on the website.

The website was still down at 5:30 p.m., despite the obituary being removed from the site.

Carnes said the funeral home reviewed the obituary before it was published, and spoke with the family about its contents before it was posted.

“The family wanted it,” he said. “They begged and pleaded.”

The obituary said that Charping was born in Galveston.

Public records indicate he lived in Baytown and Crosby. Court records show that he was convicted of assaulting a family member, a Class A misdemeanor, in 2008 in Harris County.

The records say that Charping struck his wife with his hand and poured hot liquid on her.

Sharping is survived by two children, six grandchildren and “countless other victims including an ex wife, relatives, friends, neighbors, doctors, nurses and random strangers,” according to the obituary.

Contact reporter John Wayne Ferguson at 409-683-5226 or john.ferguson@galvnews.com. Follow him on Twitter, @johnwferguson.


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The obit is no longer on the Carnes website but can be found at:
uploaded by KHOU.

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