John Shepard Culpepper Jr.

M, (18 May 1931 - 15 March 2011)
FatherJohn Shepard Culpepper1 (6 Jun 1901 - 20 Aug 1977)
MotherSara Frances Baugh1 (14 May 1906 - 16 May 2006)
Name Variation He was also known as Jay.1 
Birth*18 May 1931 John was born at Greenville, Greenville Co., South Carolina, on 18 May 1931.1 
Korean War*between 1952 and 1953 He served in the Korean War between 1952 and 1953.1 
Death*15 March 2011 He died at Orange Park, Clay Co., Florida, on 15 March 2011 at age 79.1 
Obituary*12 April 2011 John S. Culpepper, Jr., (Jay) died on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at the Heartland Health Care Center of Orange Park, FL after a four-year battle with cancer. Born May 18, 1931 to the late John Shepherd Culpepper, Sr. and Frances Baugh Culpepper in Greenville SC, Jay received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He proudly served his country during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, he graduated from Duke University Law School and returned to Jacksonville, FL where he practiced law. He also was an employee of Five Points Men's Shop for many years, and attended Riverside Park United Methodist Church. Jay is survived by his son, David W. Culpepper (Jenny), and two grandchildren, Katherine Culpepper and Jennings Culpepper, all of Charlotte, NC and by his sister, Katharine C. (Kitty) Poulton (Tim) of Port St, Lucie FL. Cremation services are being handled by Putnam Crematory, through Jacksonville Memory Gardens. To honor his wishes, no public memorial or burial will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any memorials be made to Community Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257, as an acknowledgement of the support and comfort they gave Jay over the last few months of his life.1 
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Last Edited20 April 2011


  1. Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, FL.
    Obituary of John Shepard Culpepper, Jr. (#20578), published 12 Apr 2011.

Paul Armfield Robinson Jr.

M, (12 September 1938 - 16 September 1999)
Birth*12 September 1938 Paul was born on 12 September 1938.1 
Death*16 September 1999 He died at Greensboro, Guilford Co., North Carolina, on 16 September 1999 at age 61.2 
Burial*circa 19 September 1999 His body was interred circa 19 September 1999 at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Greensboro, Guilford Co., North Carolina.1 
Last Edited30 March 2007


  1. National Cemetery Administration, compiler, US Veterans Gravesites, 1775-2006, Online database at, 2006.
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at

Thomas James Culpepper

M, (12 October 1931 - 23 December 1999)
FatherCharles Frederick Culpepper (30 Apr 1907 - 21 Dec 1974)
MotherAlice Elizabeth Long (10 Feb 1907 - 10 Oct 1993)
Birth*12 October 1931 Thomas was born at Fort Valley, Peach Co., Georgia, on 12 October 1931.1,2 
SSN*between 1936 and 1950 His Social Security Number was issued between 1936 and 1950 in Georgia.2 
Korean War*between 1952 and 1953 He served in the Korean War between 1952 and 1953
(US Air Force.) 
Death*23 December 1999 He died at Sarasota, Sarasota Co., Florida, on 23 December 1999 at age 68.3,2 
Biography* Mrs. John (Dorothy Culpepper) Wingfield preserved a 25 page typed manuscript "ONE FAMILY - CULPEPPER" written by her grandfather, Rev. George Bright Culpepper, which noted: On October 12, 1932, a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Culpepper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Long, the wife's parents, at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Dr. J. E. Haslam attended the mother. To this son, one for any parent or grandparent to be proud of, they gave the name Thomas James, for his Uncle Thomas Jackson Culpepper and his grandfather, James L. Long, and great-grandfather, James Marian [Marion] Culpepper. He is almost ten years old and a wonderfully intelligent child. He is in school in Jacksonville. He is a great reader for his age, in this respect following his father's example.

The following is from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 25 Dec 1999:

Thomas James Culpepper, 68, Sarasota, died Dec. 23, 1999. He was born Oct. 12, 1931, in Fort Valley, Ga., and came to Sarasota five years ago from Birmingham, Ala. He was a retired regulator program specialist with the federal government. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a doctorate in oceanography. He was an Air Force veteran, serving in the Korean War. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Guadalupe Masonic Lodge No. 109 of Seguin, Texas, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Survivors include his wife, Virginia M; two sons, Frederick Thomas of Sarasota and Robert Matthew of Tampa; and a sister, Dorothy Wingfield of Perry, Ga. Memorial services will be later. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Gulf Gate Chapel, is in charge. Memorial donations may be made to The Wellness Community, 3900 Clark Road, Building P-3, Sarasota, FL 34233; or to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. 
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Last Edited18 October 2008


  1. George Bright Culpepper, One Family - Culpepper, James Marion Culpepper family, 25 page, typed manuscript, unpub., 8 Oct 1942.
    p 23 'at the home Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Long, the wife's parents' [has birth year as 1932].
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  3. State of Florida Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Florida Death Index, 1936-1998, Online database at, 2004.
    Thomas J. Culpepper, Sarasota, Sarasota Co., FL, 12 Oct 1931 - 23 Dec 1999, SSN in GA bef. 1951.

Olive Lucille O'Dell

F, (11 October 1911 - 19 April 1994)
FatherWesley Harrison O'Dell (c 1887 - )
MotherMinerva Johnson (c 1891 - )
Birth*11 October 1911 Olive was born at Dana, Kanawah Co., West Virginia, on 11 October 1911.1,2 
Employment* Olive's occupation: church worker. 
Marriage*30 June 1928 She married Rev. Charles Ross Culpepper on 30 June 1928 at age 16.1 
Married Name30 June 1928  As of 30 June 1928, her married name was Culpepper. 
(Wife) 1930 Census1 April 1930 Olive was listed as Rev. Charles Ross Culpepper's wife on the 1930 Census at Charleston, Kanawha Co., West Virginia.3 
Photographed*say 1960 She was photographed say 1960 at Charleston, Kanawha Co., West Virginia.4
Olive (O'Dell) Culpepper
SSN*1962 Her Social Security Number was issued in 1962 in West Virginia.2 
Biography*1966 The following is from p. 299 of "Who's Who in The Methodist Church" published by Abingdon Press in 1966:

CULPEPPER Olive O'Dell (Mrs. Charles Ross Culpepper), lay ch. worker; b. Dana, W.Va., Oct. 11, 1911; d. Wesley Harrison and Minevra [Minerva?] (Johnson) O'Dell; student W.Va. Wesleyan Coll. 1929-30, m. Charles Ross Culpepper, June 30 1928; 1 son, Marvin Wesley. Mem. Meth. Ch., 1913---; sec. children's work W.Va. Conf., 1950-54, mem. Bd. Christian Social Concerns 1961---, Bd. Missions, 1964---; sec. Christian social realtions Northeastern Jurisdiction, 1961-65. Mem. steering com. Kanawha County Human Relations Council, pres. Mountain Laurel council Girl Scouts U.S.A., 1962-65. Bd. dirs. Wesley Found., W.Va. State Coll., 1959--, Meth. Children's Home, Burlington, W.Va., 1954-59, trustee W.Va. Wesleyan Coll., 1955---. Mem. Am. Assn. for UN (past membership chmn. W.Va.) Address: 26 Monongalia St., Charleston, W.Va. 25302. 
Biographybetween 1970 and 1972 Olive was listed in "Who's Who of American Women" 1970 through 1972. The following is from p. 189 of the 7th ed. (1972-1973) of "Who's Who of American Women" published by Marquis Who's Who of Chicago, IL:

CULPEPPER, OLIVE O DELL (MRS. CHARLES ROSS CULPEPPER), civic workder; b. Dana W. Va., Oct. 11, 1911; d. Wesley Harrison and Minerva (Johnson) O'Dell; student Mason Sch. Music, 1921-29, W. Va. Wesleyan Coll., 1929-30, W. Va. Tech Inst., summer 1931; m. Charles Ross Culpepper, June 30, 1928; 1 son, Marvin Wesley. Charter mem. Woman's Soc. Christian Service, Charleston, W. Va., mem. Conf. Bd. Christian Social Concerns, 1960-__, sec. Children's Work, 1950-54; del. N.E. Jurisdiction Conf., alternate del. Gen. Conf., 1964; mem. Women's div. Meth. Ch. sect. Christian Social Relations, World Div., 1964-__, mem. bd. missions Meth. Ch., 1964-__, del. World Confs., 1951, 61; bd. dirs. Wesley Found. W. Va. State Coll; mem. women's planning com. Japan Internat. Christian U. Found., 1961-__; trustee W. Va. Wesleyan Coll., 1955-__, alumni award. 1967; counselor-at-large Union Protestant Hosp. Aux., Clarksburg, W. Va; v. p. Kanawba council Girl Scouts U.S.A., 1959-60, pres. Mountain Laurel council, 1961-64; mem. bd. W. Va. Council of the White House Conf. on Children and Youth, 1966; capt. women's com. United Fund Drive, Charleston, 1966-68; chmn. com. Women's Aux. Goodwill Industries. Mem. Am. Assn. for UN, Ch. Women United (chmn. God and Community award for Girl Scouts U.S.A. com.), W. Va. Assn. Mental Health. Mem. Order Eastern Star (Shriner). Home: 510 Kanawha Blvd W, Charleston, WV 25302.5 
Death*19 April 1994 She died at Charleston, Kanawha Co., West Virginia, on 19 April 1994 at age 82.2 
Obituary*20 April 1994 DEATHS OF NOTE
Culpepper, 82, dies after lifetime of volunteer work.
Olive O'Dell Culpepper, who worked tirelessly for children and youths, died Tuesday at Charleston Area Medical Center's General Division after a short illness. She was 82.

Culpepper, a native of Dana in Kanawha County, was the wife of the Rev. Ross Culpepper, a longtime United Methodist minister, and much of her civic involvement grew out of her church work. She served as secretary of children's work for the state's United Methodists and member of the board of its children's home in Burlington.

She gave much of her time to West Virginia Wesleyan College, which was her alma mater. Culpepper was elected trustee of the Buckhannon school in 1955 and served on the board until 1984. In 1967, she received the school's alumni award, and in 1972 she was awarded a honorary doctor of law degree. In 1982, Wesleyan honored Culpepper twice. She became the first woman ever inducted into the honorary fraternity Omicron Delta Kappa and was named "honorary international ambassador" by Wesleyan's international students.

Culpepper was also active with Girl Scouts. In 1958, she served as vice president of the Kanawha Council of Girl Scouts and served as president of the Mountain Laurel Girl Scout Council from 1961 to 1964 as it grew from five to 22 counties. She served from 1964 to 1972 on the General Board of Missions for the United Methodist Church. Culpepper also was active in a wide range of community civic affairs. They included an interfaith project to buy hospital machines to test babies' hearing, fund-raising to put a chapel at West Virginia Rehabilitation Center and work for the Kanawha County United Fund.

When Culpepper was in her early 50s, she and her husband started a new church, Lakeview United Methodist, in St. Albany after his official retirement from the United Methodist ministry. They started three choirs, a youth fellowship, and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops during their six years there.

Also surviving is a son, Marvin W. Culpepper of Charleston; foster son, Dr. Tae Byung Whang of Penfield, N.Y; four grandchildren; four foster grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Christ Church United Methodist with the Rev. Harry Jenkins and the Rev. Aldred Wallace officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston. The family suggests memorial contributions to Olive Culpepper Scholarship Fund, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, W.Va. 26201.6 


Rev. Charles Ross Culpepper (21 October 1905 - 30 December 1997)
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Last Edited20 May 2012


  1. Who's Who in the Methodist Church-1966, Abingdon Press, 1966.
    p 299.
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  3. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 49-4, Sheet #11-B, Line 60, 146 Barbour St., Buckhannon, Upshur Co., WV
    Rent=$20, Radio=Blank, Farm=Blank (15 Apr 1930)
    Ross* Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 24, M, md@22, KY/LA/KY, Minister, Church, Vet=No
    Olive Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 18, M, md@16, WV/WV/WV, Not emp.
    Marvin Wesley Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 4mos., WV/KY/WV.
  4. E-mail written Jan 2008 to Culpepper Connections from John Butler Culpepper (#28948), Altadena, CA, e-mail address (Oct 2011).
  5. Who's Who of American Women, 7th ed., 1972-1973, Chicago, Illinois: Marquis-Who's Who, 1972, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 973 D36aw.
  6. Obituary published 20 Apr 1994 in the Charleston Daily Mail and provided by John William Culpepper.