Royce Leo Culpepper

M, (4 December 1921 - 26 March 1996)
FatherWalter James Culpepper of Jackson, MS1 (5 Jun 1893 - Oct 1972)
MotherLucy (?)1 (c 1894 - )
Birth*4 December 1921 He was born on 4 December 1921 at Jones Co., Mississippi.2,3 
(Son) 1930 Census1 April 1930 Walter and Royce was listed as a son in Walter James Culpepper of Jackson, MS's household on the 1930 Census at Meadville, Franklin Co., Mississippi.1 
SSN*between 1936 and 1950 His Social Security Number was issued between 1936 and 1950 in Mississippi.3 
Marriage*21 June 1942 He married Mary Dean Bridges on 21 June 1942 at age 20.4 
World War II*1945 He served in World War II in 1945.2 
Residence*May 1945 Royce resided at Hinds Co., Mississippi, in May 1945.2 
Death*26 March 1996 He died at Jackson, Hinds Co., Mississippi, on 26 March 1996 at age 74.3 


Mary Dean Bridges (13 August 1926 - 23 May 2007)
Last Edited22 December 2011


  1. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 19-9, Page 3B, Beat 3, Meadville Precinct, Franklin Co., MS
    Rent Home, $3.00, Radio=N
    James Culpeper, Head, M, Wh, 38, md@33, MS/MS/MS, Bandsaw Blade Filer, Vet=N
    Lucie Culpeper, Wife, F, Wh, 36, md@31, MS/MS/MS,
    O'Rell Culpeper, Son, M, Wh, 11, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Royce Culpeper, Son, M, Wh, 8, sng, MS/MS/MS
    James J. Culpeper, Son, M, Wh, 4 2/12, sng, MS/MS/MS.
  2. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Online database at, 2005.
    Royce L Culpepper, White, Single, without dependents, born 1921 in Mississippi and now residing in Hinds Co., Mississippi, enlisted as a Private in the US Army on 25 May 1945 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months. Education: 4 years of high school. Civil Occupation: Cable Tester. Weight: 100.
  3. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  4. The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi.
    Obituary of Mary Dean Culpepper, published 1 Jun 2007.

Mary Dean Bridges1

F, (13 August 1926 - 23 May 2007)
Nickname  Mary Dean Bridges also went by the name of Dean.1 
Birth*13 August 1926 She was born on 13 August 1926 at Jackson, Hinds Co., Mississippi. Mary was the second child of Vernon Bridges (born 30 Jun 1902) and Adella Barnett (born 24 Dec 1897).1,2 
SSN*between 1936 and 1950 Her Social Security Number was issued between 1936 and 1950 in Mississippi.2 
Marriage*21 June 1942 She married Royce Leo Culpepper on 21 June 1942 at age 15.1 
Married Name21 June 1942  As of 21 June 1942, her married name was Culpepper.1 
Death*23 May 2007 She died at Raymond, Hinds Co., Mississippi, on 23 May 2007 at age 80.1,2 
Obituary*1 June 2007 Mary Dean Culpepper, 80, died after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family, Wednesday morning, May 23, 2007 in Raymond, MS. Mark Seepe Funeral Directors & Crematorium in Jackson, MS is handling the arrangements. A memorial service will be held in her honor on Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. at Raymond United Methodist Church.
     Dean was born in Jackson on Friday, August 13, 1926, the second child of Vernon and Della Bridges. She graduated from Forest Hill High School in 1942, where she was voted by her peers Most Intellectual. She married Royce Culpepper on June 21, 1942. They had three children, "Pepper" (who passed away in 1997), Bob and Beth. After living in Cocoa Beach, Florida and upper-state New York, Dean and her family lived in Germany for several years in the early sixties. She maintained many friendships there and enjoyed traveling all her life. Besides traveling, Dean had several hobbies, including painting, reading, crosswords, and Alex Trebeck. Dean was an accomplished seamstress and worked with Continental Sewing for many years. She was a member of Raymond United Methodist Church.
     Survivors include: her two children, Bob Culpepper and Beth Lovvorn; her ten grandchildren, Beau, Thomas, Ashley, Robert, John, Catherine, Stephen, Chance, Hunter and Olivia; and her four great-grandchildren, Savannah, Lance, Irene, and Lexie.1 


Royce Leo Culpepper (4 December 1921 - 26 March 1996)
Last Edited22 December 2011


  1. The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi.
    Obituary of Mary Dean Culpepper, published 1 Jun 2007.
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at

Robert Dean Culpepper M.D.1

M, (27 October 1946 - 4 November 2014)
FatherRoyce Leo Culpepper2 (4 Dec 1921 - 26 Mar 1996)
MotherMary Dean Bridges2 (13 Aug 1926 - 23 May 2007)
Nickname  Robert Dean Culpepper M.D. also went by the name of Bob.2 
Birth*27 October 1946 He was born on 27 October 1946.2,3 
Living*June 2007 He was living in June 2007.2 
Death*4 November 2014 He died at Raymond, Hinds Co., Mississippi, on 4 November 2014 at age 68.4 
Obituary*6 November 2014 Dr. Robert Dean Culpepper of Raymond, Mississippi, known to friends and family as Bob, died on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi following a brief struggle with cancer.

Bob was born at St. Dominic's on October 27, 1946 to Royce Leo Culpepper and Mary Dean Bridges Culpepper. Bob spent the early years of his childhood in Jackson on Culpepper Drive, but Bob's father was a skilled jack-of-all-trades whose career took the family around the country and around the world.

Bob spent most of his elementary and junior high school years in Cocoa, Florida, where he led a carefree all-American boyhood and was an eyewitness to the early efforts of the space program, once selling a coca-cola to famed rocket scientist Wehrner Von Braun.

Bob spent his high school years in Rochester, New York, where he earned a spot on the varsity basketball team, Hof, West Germany, where he made many lifelong friendships, and Jackson, where he returned home to graduate from Forest Hill.

After receiving degrees from Hinds Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi, Bob worked for two years as a computer programmer at a military installation on Shemya, Alaska, one of the most remote islands of the Aleutian chain, to save money for medical school.

In 1974 Bob returned to Jackson to attend the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he met the love of his life, Madena (Dena) Jane Gibson.

Bob and Dena were married in 1976 and graduated medical school together in 1977. Everyone who met Bob and Dena could not help but be struck by the uncommon chemistry they shared.

Bob and Dena built a house and raised a family of five children on one hundred acres of land outside of Raymond. For over thirty years they worked together as medical consultants for the Mississippi Office of Disability Determination Services. Bob also spent ten years as the medical director of the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility where he was greatly respected by the inmates and staff for the high level of professional care he rendered.

In 2007, Bob was called by the Holy Spirit and was baptized at the Raymond Presbyterian Church. Bob took to the faith with a convert's zeal and became a pillar of his church, ultimately serving as a ruling elder and becoming a shepherd to others in their walks with the Lord.

Bob inherited his father's can-do spirit and his mother's big heart and sense of humor. He spent many years renovating an antebellum home on Eagle Lake, Mississippi and loved spending time there with his family. He enjoyed traveling to Europe, cherished his daily drive to work with his beloved wife, and reveled in being a grandfather.

His wonderful stories, wise counsel, and generous spirit will be missed by all who knew him.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, mother, and older brother, Royce Bridges Culpepper. He is survived by his wife, his younger sister Elizabeth Culpepper Lovvorn, his children Ashley, Robert, John, Catherine, and Stephen, his niece Sayward Ely Fortner, whom he loved like a daughter, their spouses, his four grandchildren, Irene, Lexie, Mary, and Collin, and much extended family.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Wright and Ferguson. Visitation will be on Friday, November 7 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Wright and Ferguson in Raymond. Services will be held at the Raymond Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 8 at 11:00 a.m. with burial to follow at the Raymond Cemetery.4 
Burial*8 November 2014 His body was interred on 8 November 2014 at Raymond Cemetery, Hinds Co., Mississippi.4 
Last Edited10 November 2014


  1. Robert D. Culpepper, M.D., General Preventive Medicine
    Raymond, MS 39154
    1977, University of Mississippi School of Medicine
    Residency: University Hospital, Internal Medicine.
  2. The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi.
    Obituary of Mary Dean Culpepper, published 1 Jun 2007.
  3. Inc., compiler, US Public Records Index, Online database at, 2005.
  4. Obituary of Dr. Robert Culpepper, published in Clarion Ledger on Nov. 6, 2014.

Mary Culpepper1

F, (say 1803 - )
Ancestry Unknown* The ancestry of Mary Culpepper is unknown. If you can help in the identification of her parents or provide other genealogical information about this family, please contact us using the info at the bottom of this page. 
Nickname  Mary Culpepper also went by the name of Polly Culpepper.1 
Birth*say 1803 She was born say 1803. 
Research note* Deana Tredinnick wrote on 6 Jun 2007:
     "I am the great-grandaughter of William H. Culpepper, #1675, from Nash County, NC...
     "Our family history says that James Madison was an illegitimate child. His mother, a woman named Polly Culpepper, had come to the Coppadge plantation (in the Nash County area) to teach the children. She became pregnant from one of the boys (I assume a Coppadge), abandoned the child and ran off with a man named Marshall. I also understand that when he married Catherine Upchurch, she was disowned from her family because she married a bastard child."1 


Last Edited9 July 2012


  1. E-mail written 2007-2012 to Warren Culpepper from Deana Tredinnick (gd of #38037), Herndon, VA 20171, e-mail address (Feb 2012).