Ida Mae Livingston1

F, (19 January 1900 - 24 June 1981)
Birth*19 January 1900 Ida was born at Heidelberg, Jasper Co., Mississippi, on 19 January 1900.2 
Marriage*16 November 1919 She married Calvin Byrd Culpepper at Jasper Co., Mississippi, on 16 November 1919 at age 19. 
Married Name16 November 1919  As of 16 November 1919, her married name was Culpepper. 
(Daughter-in-law) 1920 Census1 January 1920 Ida was listed as a daughter-in-law in Eddie Welborn Culpepper's household on the 1920 Census at Jasper Co., Mississippi.3 
(Wife) 1930 Census1 April 1930 Ida was listed as an unknown person 's wife on the 1930 Census at Jasper Co., Mississippi.4 
Residence*August 1964 Calvin and Ida resided at Heidelberg, Jasper Co., Mississippi, in August 1964.5 
SSN*1973 Her Social Security Number was issued in 1973 in Mississippi.2 
Residence*June 1981 Ida resided at Heidelberg, Jasper Co., Mississippi, in June 1981.2 
Death*24 June 1981 She died at Brookhaven, Lincoln Co., Mississippi, on 24 June 1981 at age 81.2 
Burial*circa 26 June 1981 Her body was interred circa 26 June 1981 at Philadelphia Methodist Church Cemetery, Heidelberg, Jasper Co., Mississippi


Calvin Byrd Culpepper (22 May 1897 - 23 July 1980)
Last Edited27 May 2008


  1. E-mail written 2000 to Lew Griffin from Janis Rushing (daughter of Evelyn Culpepper Parker).
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  3. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 21, page 13A, Lines 28-33, Jasper County, MS Beat 5, SE (20 Jan 1920)
    Eddie W. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 56, md, MS/AL/MS general farming
    Martha Ann Culpepper, Wife, F,Wh, 51, md, MS/MS/MS
    Velma Culpepper, Dau, F,Wh, 14, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Selma Culpepper, Dau, F, Wh, 12, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Calvin Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 22, md, MS/MS/MS sawyer sawmill
    Ida Mae Culpepper, D-I-L, F, Wh, 20, md, MS/MS/MS.
  4. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 31-13, Page 9B, Beat 5, Jasper Co., MS
    Own Farm, Radio=N
    Calvin Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 33, md@24, MS/MS/MS, Sawyer, Saw Mill, Vet=WW
    Ida May Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 29, md@19, MS/MS/MS
    Lillie M Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, 9, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Evelyn E Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, 7, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Harold M Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 5, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Marion H Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 1 2/12, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Annie M Culpepper, Mother, F, Wh, 61, Wid, MS/AL/MS.
  5. Clarke County Tribune, Quitman, MS.
    Obituary of William Calvin Culpepper (#36224), published 7 Aug 1964.

Earl B. Parker

M, (4 June 1920 - )
Birth*4 June 1920 Earl was born at Jones Co., Mississippi, on 4 June 1920. 
Last Edited27 May 2008

Preston Livingston

M, (say 1918 - )
Birth*say 1918 Preston was born say 1918. 
Last Edited27 May 2008

Barbara Rhunette McClendon1

F, (18 January 1932 - 27 July 1998)
Birth*18 January 1932 Barbara was born on 18 January 1932.1 
Married Name11 November 1950  As of 11 November 1950, her married name was Culpepper. 
Death*27 July 1998 She died at Columbus, Muscogee Co., Georgia, on 27 July 1998 at age 66.2,1 
Last Edited27 June 2008


  1. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  2. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at, 1998.
    Barbara R. Culpepper, d. 27 Jul 1998 at 66 years in Muscogee Co., GA; Res. in Bleckley Co., GA, 036991.

Leila Floyd Battles1

F, (2 October 1940 - 11 October 2011)
Birth*2 October 1940 Leila was born at Dothan, Houston Co., Alabama, on 2 October 1940. She was the daughter of John Henry and Lula Branton Battles.1,2 
Married Namesay 1960  As of say 1960, her married name was Culpepper. 
Death*11 October 2011 She died at Columbus, Muscogee Co., Georgia, on 11 October 2011 at age 71.1 
Obituary*12 October 2011 Columbus, GA. Leila Battles Culpepper, 71, of Columbus, GA died Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at Columbus Hospice House.
     Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, October 13, 2011 at McMullen Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Bill Purvis and Reverend Gene Boyd officiating. A private entombment will be held at Parkhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends after the service at the funeral home 3874 Gentian Blvd. Columbus, GA 31907.
     Mrs. Culpepper was born October 2, 1940 in Dothan, AL daughter of the late John Henry and Lula Branton Battles. She retired from Columbus State University as a purchasing agent. She was a member of Cascade Hills Baptist Church and the Ventura II Sunday School Class.
     Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Hubert Battles.
     Survivors include her husband, Lavon Culpepper of Columbus, GA, daughters, Sharon Culpepper Coker (Allen) of Fortson, GA and Jan Culpepper Cosby (Steve) of Phenix City, AL, grandchildren, Christopher Cosby, Lauren Cosby and Anna Cosby all of Phenix City, AL, A.J. Coker and Ty Coker both of Fortson, GA, sisters, Sara Tucker and Marilyn Lewis both of Columbus, GA, brothers, Edward Battles of Columbus, GA and Boyd Battles of Phenix City, AL, and several nieces and nephews.
     In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Columbus Hospice House, 7020 Moon Rd., Columbus, GA 31909 Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at 
Burial*13 October 2011 Her body was interred on 13 October 2011 at Parkhill Cemetery, Columbus, Muscogee Co., Georgia.1 
Last Edited21 February 2012


  1. E-mail written Feb 2012 to Warren L. Culpepper from Jan Belinda Culpepper Cosby (#59099), e-mail address.
  2. Ledger-Enquirer, Columbus (Muscogee Co.), GA.
    Obituary of Leila Floyd Battles Culpepper (#36247), published 12 Oct 2011.

Patricia Ann Mann

F, (27 February 1942 - 25 March 1998)
Name Variation She was also known as Pat. 
Birth*27 February 1942 She was born on 27 February 1942.1 
SSN1957 Her Social Security Number was issued in 1957 in Arkansas.1 
Married Name3 August 1963  As of 3 August 1963, her married name was Culpepper. 
ResidenceMarch 1998 Patricia resided at Houston, Harris Co., Texas, in March 1998.1 
Death*25 March 1998 She died at Montgomery Co., Texas, on 25 March 1998 at age 56.1,2 
Last Edited28 June 2008


  1. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  2. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at, 2006.
    Patricia Ann Culpepper, Female, died 25 Mar 1998 in Montgomery Co., TX.

Donald Floyd Wilkinson1

M, (say 1920 - )
Birth*say 1920 Donald was born say 1920. 
Last Edited5 August 2000


  1. E-mail written 1999 to Warren Culpepper from Dale Renee Wilkinson Culpepper (#11332), (need current e-mail address).

John Dodson1

M, (say 1907 - )
Birth*say 1907 John was born say 1907. 
Marriage* He married Ella Mae Risner


Ella Mae Risner (say 1909 - )
Last Edited21 May 2000


  1. E-mail written 1999 to Warren Culpepper from Dale Renee Wilkinson Culpepper (#11332), (need current e-mail address).

Ella Mae Risner

F, (say 1909 - )
Married Name Her married name was Dodson. 
Marriage* She married John Dodson
Birth*say 1909 Ella was born say 1909. 


John Dodson (say 1907 - )
Last Edited21 May 2000

Robert Harrell Culpepper D.Div.1,2

M, (8 December 1924 - 10 August 2012)
FatherJames Pickren Culpepper (13 Aug 1897 - 5 Dec 1968)
MotherLeona Veola Wansley (10 Feb 1898 - 25 Jan 1971)
Name Variation He was also known as Bob.3 
Birth*8 December 1924 Robert was born at Tifton, Tift Co., Georgia, on 8 December 1924. 
Marriage*21 August 1948 He married Kathleen Sanderson on 21 August 1948 at age 23. 
Residence*between 1950 and 1980 Robert and Kathleen resided at Japan between 1950 and 1980. (Robert and Kay served as educational missionaries.)4 
Photographed*say 1980 He was photographed say 1980.
Robert Harrell Culpepper, DDiv.
Relocation*1980 He relocated in 1980 at Wake Forest, Wake Co., North Carolina,4 
Death*10 August 2012 He died at Richmond (city), Virginia, on 10 August 2012 at age 87.3 
Obituary*12 August 2012 Robert Harrell Culpepper, second son of James Pickren and Leona Wansley Culpepper, was born in Tifton, Georgia, on December 8, 1924. After a remarkable life of service on two continents, he died on August 10, 2012.
     Bob was a lifetime learner. His formal education after graduation from the Tifton High School, was at Mercer University with a bachelor's degree in 1944, a B.D. from the Southern Baptist Seminary in 1947 and a Th.D. degree from the same institution in 1950. He studied at the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, in the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, at the Ruschlikon Seminary in Zurich, Switzerland, and at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. where he later served as a professor.
     He was a brilliant scholar in the Baptist denomination, serving as a professor of theology in the Theological Department of Seinan Gakuin University, at the Japan Branch of the Asia Baptist Theological Seminary, and at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. While the classroom was the focus of his vocational ministry, he was a servant of many churches. He loved to preach. His pastorates varied from his one in Shiloh-Lama Baptist Church in the summer of 1943 while he was a student at Mercer to the ones he helped to establish in Japan, at Hirao, in Tobata, and at Nagazumi.
     Since Dr. Culpepper was the author of Interpreting the Atonement, Evaluating the Charismatic Movement, and God's Calling: A Missionary Autobiography, his scholarship is preserved. However, his greatest influence is found in the lives of his students whom he taught and of his parishioners to whom he preached.
     In April 1980, Dr. and Mrs. Culpepper completed their thirty year service as missionaries of the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and moved from Fukuoka, Japan to Wake Forest, N.C. where Bob became a professor at Southeastern Seminary. After more than twenty years in Wake Forest, they moved to Lakewood Manor, a Baptist retirement community in Richmond. There Kay died in 2007.
     In addition to his devoted wife, Dr. Culpepper was predeceased by his mother, father and brother. He is survived by his daughter, Cathy Harvey and her husband, Ken; six grandchildren, Shelton, Beau, Charlotte, Chip, Laurel and Matthew; and a niece, Sarah Christopher.
     A service will be held at the columbarium at River Road Church, Baptist on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 1 p.m.3 


Kathleen Sanderson (12 August 1924 - 4 October 2007)
Last Edited25 August 2012


  1. The Rev. Bob Culpepper felt a call,
    one he wasn't sure he wanted to hear at the time.

    Excerpted from an article by Eleanor Lee Yates, The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC, 16 Apr 1999, "The Mission Fields"

    The Rev. Robert H. Culpepper and his wife, Kay, had a rather shaky arrival in Japan as Southern Baptist missionaries after World War II.
         On one of their first nights in Tokyo, they awakened to their baby's bed sliding across the floor. No damage was done, but the couple realized earthquakes were yet another adjustment they would be making.
         The Culpeppers served as Southern Baptist missionaries in Japan for 30 years. Culpepper had been working on his doctorate at Southern Seminary in Louisville when he said he felt an unmistakable call.
         With World War II over, there was momentum on seminary campuses to send missionaries to Japan. In January 1951, after saying goodbye to their disbelieving parents, the Culpeppers headed to Tokyo with their 6-month-old daughter.
         Culpepper would be teaching at the Theological Department of Seinan Gakuin, the Japan Baptist seminary in the town of Fukuoka. The couple would also establish churches. But their first job was learning the language.
         "I feel sorry for my first students," Culpepper said. Though he worked with a translator, it was a struggle. "I didn't allow much time for questions and answers afterward. I prayed the students wouldn't raise their hands."
         Their work turned out to be a seven-days-a-week schedule. The Culpeppers started a church in their home. A red-letter day came a year later after the couple arrived. Culpepper preached his first sermon in Japanese.
         The Culpeppers returned permanently to the United States in the 1980s when he took a teaching position at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest.
  2. Robert H. Culpepper, God's Calling: A Missionary Autobiography, .
  3. Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Virginia.
    Obituary of Robert Harrell Culpepper (#36255), published 12 Aug 2012.
  4. Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Virginia.
    Obituary of Kathleen Sanderson Culpepper, published 5 Oct 2007.

Leona Veola Wansley

F, (10 February 1898 - 25 January 1971)
Birth*10 February 1898 Leona was born on 10 February 1898.1 
Marriage*8 September 1921 She married James Pickren Culpepper at Georgia on 8 September 1921 at age 23. 
Married Name8 September 1921  As of 8 September 1921, her married name was Culpepper. 
Death*25 January 1971 She died at Tift Co., Georgia, on 25 January 1971 at age 72.2,1 
Burial*circa 27 January 1971 Her body was interred circa 27 January 1971 at Oakridge Cemetery, Tifton, Tift Co., Georgia.1 


James Pickren Culpepper (13 August 1897 - 5 December 1968)
Last Edited27 September 2004


  1. Barry Chandler, compiler, Cemeteries of Tift Co., GA, Tifton, GA: B. Chandler, 1999, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Book: 975.882 V3c.
    Oakridge City Cemetery, Tifton, Tift Co., GA
    + James Pickren Culpepper, 13 Aug 1898 – 5 Dec 1968
    + Leona Wansley Culpepper, 10 Feb 1898 – 25 Jan 1971.
  2. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at, 1998.
    Leona V. Culpepper, d. 25 Jan 1971 at 75 years in DeKalb Co., GA; Res. in Tift Co., GA.