Daughter calls father 'a model example of bad parenting’ in brutal obituary
'Leslie was surprisingly intelligent, however he lacked ambition and motivation to do anything more than being reckless, wasteful,' the obituary added
GALVESTON, TEXAS: The death of a parent is something that is likely to upset most of us. But not for Shiela Smith, for whom the death of her father was more of a relief than sorrow. After Leslie Ray Charping died, his daughter Shiela wrote the most honest and brutal obituary for him as she claimed her father “hated a liar and he would appreciate this.”
The 75-year-old died in January 2017 after a battle with cancer. In his memory, Shiela penned down the obituary that began, “Leslie Ray "Popeye" Charping was born in Galveston, Texas 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.”
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The eulogy then went on to brand Leslie the prime example of a bad parent “combined with mental illness and a complete commitment to drinking, drugs, womanizing and being generally offensive.”
It also stated that the deceased served in the Navy, but not out of patriotism, 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,” the obituary noted.
It added: “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. 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 passing proves that evil does in fact die and hopefully marks a time of healing and safety for all.”
Later, the daughter defended herself on radio program ‘The Michael Berry Show’ and said, “A week after he passed I sat down and began working on it. I was somewhat blocked and everything I was going to write was going to be a lie. He hated a liar and he would appreciate this.” She also told Eyewitness News in a statement, “I wrote my father's obituary. 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. 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!”
The daughter said that she was happy to know that there were people who felt uneasy after reading her obituary. She added: “I am happy for those that simply do not understand, this means you had good parent(s) -- please treasure what you have. Although I appreciate everyone's concern, it would have been much more appreciated at any time during my childhood. 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.”