Wesley Culpepper Murphy II

M, (3 October 1955 - 2 July 1997)
FatherJoel Taylor Murphy (9 Mar 1925 - 29 Oct 1969)
Birth*3 October 1955 Wesley was born at Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia, on 3 October 1955. 
Death*2 July 1997 He died at Fort Lauderdale, Broward Co., Florida, on 2 July 1997 at age 41. 
Biography* Mr. Wesley Culpepper Murphy II, 41 of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. died July 2, 1997.
Born Oct. 3, 1955 in Atlanta, Mr. Murphy was the son of the late Joel T. Murphy Sr. and the grandson of the late Mildred Darden, M.J. Walker, Louise Culpepper and B. Deon Murphy Sr.
He was a graduate of Valdosta State College and was employed by Delta Air Lines. A memorial service was held July 10 at Fayetteville City Cemetery with Dr. Sam Matthews officiating. Survivors include his mother Marion W. Murphy; brother, Joel Murphy; sister, Shelley Murphy; and nephew, Trevor Garner.
Carl J. Mowell and Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Last Edited12 October 2006

Joseph Joel Mercer

M, (27 October 1929 - 28 April 1999)
Birth*27 October 1929 Joseph was born at Georgia on 27 October 1929. Daddy was born on 10/27/29, which was the Saturday before Black
Monday, the date of the stock market crash of 1929. He was born in a
farmhouse on Drayton Road, which was the 'big house' built by his
grandfather in 1896.1,2 
Marriage*15 August 1953 He married Sarah Louise Murphy on 15 August 1953 at age 23. 
Death*28 April 1999 He died at Cordele, Crisp Co., Georgia, on 28 April 1999 at age 69.1 
Burial*say 30 April 1999 His body was interred say 30 April 1999 at Cordele, Crisp Co., Georgia.3 


Sarah Louise Murphy (24 May 1929 - 8 September 2006)
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Last Edited14 October 2006


  1. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
  2. E-mail written Oct 2006 to Lew Griffin from Clay Mercer, e-mail address.
  3. E-mail written 1977 - 2011 to Lew Griffin & Warren Culpepper from Sara Hodnett Murphy [ID:20147], e-mail address.

Joseph Joel Mercer Jr.

M, (18 June 1955 - )
FatherJoseph Joel Mercer (27 Oct 1929 - 28 Apr 1999)
MotherSarah Louise Murphy (24 May 1929 - 8 Sep 2006)
Birth*18 June 1955 Joseph was born on 18 June 1955. 
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Last Edited14 October 2006

Sarah Louise Bowen

F, (3 April 1926 - 18 February 1999)
FatherAlva Manly Bowen (10 Sep 1900 - 26 Jun 1980)
MotherJulia Clay Culpepper (23 Aug 1902 - 15 May 1981)
Birth*3 April 1926 Sarah was born at LaGrange, Troup Co., Georgia, on 3 April 1926.1 
Death*18 February 1999 She died at Newnan, Coweta Co., Georgia, on 18 February 1999 at age 72.1 
Biography* The following was preserved by Mrs. Eleanor (Culpepper) Willingham: Life of Sally Bowen Sally Bowen was born in La Grange, Georgia, on April 3, 1926, to Julia Culpepper Bowen and Alval Manly Bowen, Sr. Her father was an educator. She moved to Newnan, Georgia, in 1929, where she was educated in the Newnan public schools and graduated from Newnan High School in 1943. She received an A.B. Degree from Wesleyan College, a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree from Duke University, and a Specialist in Education Degree from West Georgia College. Sally taught for forty-five years, retiring in 19922. She taught at Atkinson Elementary School in Newnan, Newnan High School, Oak Mountain Academy in Carrollton, The Heritage School in Newnan, and the J. C. Booth Middle School in Peachtree City. Her subjects were Latin and social studies. She was Teacher of the Year for Newnan public schools, Teacher of the Year for the congressional district, Star Teacher three times at the Heritage School, and most outstanding teacher of Latin in Georgia. She received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Georgia Association of Independent Schools. She served as president of the Newnan Education Association and as chairman of the Classical-Modern Language Association for the congressional district. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honor society of key women teachers. The Key Club of Newnan High School gave her an award for outstanding service to Newnan High School. Sally has served as a Girl Scout troop leader. She has been on the boards of directors of the Newnan Youth Center, the Newnan-Coweta Y.M.C.A., the Newnan Music Festival, the Coweta chapter of the American Red Cross, the Newnan Pilot Club, the Newnan Ladies Golf Association, Humana Hospital, the Newnan-Coweta Public Library, and the Newnan Parks Commission. For the city of Newnan she has been on the Citizens Advisory Committee the bicentennial committee, and the sesquicentennial committee. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Heritage School and a member of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. Wesleyan College gave her an award for distinguished achievement. She has been the Citizen of the Year for Coweta County, the Woman of the Year for Coweta County, a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a deacon and an elder in the Newnan Presbyterian Church. Sally is single. She has a brother, Alva Manly Bowen, Jr., of Annapolis, Maryland. Mrs. Eleanor (Culpepper) Willingham sent the following from the Newnan Times-Herald For 16 Nov 1994: Bowen presented with City of Newnan flag Long-time Newnan resident Sally Bowen, right, accepts her own City of Newnan flag from Mayor Keith Brady during the city council meeting last Tuesday. Last year, Bowen suggested that the council adopt a city flag. "I thank you for being responsive to an ordinary citizen," she said after being presented with the flag. "I think it is wonderful that an humbled citizen like me is listened to. I shall treasure it always." A limited number of flags designed by City Manager Richard Bolin, will be available for sale to the public. Miss Sally Bowen, a long-time resident of Newnan, was named the Senior Presbyterian of the Year at a banquet held at the Peachtree Presbyterian Church on Jan. 26. The Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, which consists of 112 churches and about 50,000 Presbyterians, honors one of its senior members each year. The winner is chosen on the basis of his contributions to the community as well as the church. Bowen has been an active member of Newnan Presbyterian Church for 62 years. During that time she has continually served the church, as an officer on the diaconate, on the session and as a teacher, and member of the Presbyterian Women. She was the first female elected deacon and elder of the Presbyterian Church in Newnan. Bowen, a native of LaGrange, moved to Newnan at age three when her father became principal of Newnan High School. Her mother, a Lutheran, and her father, a Baptist, compromised and attended the Newnan Presbyterian Church. Their daughter joined the church at age seven after the pastor interviewed her and deemed her spiritually ready for membership. After graduating from Wesleyan College, Bowen returned to Newnan and became an active church member. She volunteered as youth director for many years. Since 1947, she has faithfully attended the Ysabel Odom Sunday School Class and the meetings of the Presbyterian Women. In 1969, she accepted the office of deacon with two other women, the first female deacons of the church. In 1973, she became the first female elder. Currently; Bowen is serving on the session, serving as chair of the education ministry. She has lead many committees, particularly the worship and education committees. Bowen was a session member when the church started the preschool as a successful outreach into the community. Each fall new members benefit from hearing her teach the survey class on "What Presbyterians Believe About The Bible." As a member of the Newnan Presbyterian Session, she has eagerly participated in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. She has served as a committee member and has attended Presbytery of Greater Atlanta meetings. An officer of the Southwest Cluster, she debated and voted on important issues that have affected the Presbyterian Church at the national level. Two of these votes were for the unification of the churches in the North and South, and whether children could take communion. Later, she served communion at the Omni in Atlanta to celebrate the unification of the church, an event which she describes as a "mountain top experience." Perhaps even more significant to her was her election as a commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Besides being an active church member, Bowen served area schools primarily as a Latin teacher for 45 years. Strict and demanding in the classroom, she particularly enjoyed her relationships with students in extracurricular activities, such as cheer leading. The retired educator has maintained relationships with many of her students. She received many professional honors during her teaching career. The Newnan Schools honored her as Teacher of the Year, and she was the Heritage School STAR Teacher three times. The Fourth Congressional District voted her District Teacher of the Year, and the Foreign Language Teachers of Georgia chose her as Latin Teacher of the Year. Even though Bowen was a devoted teacher, she still was actively involved in the community. She was a member of the Red Cross and YMCA Boards as well as the National Bicentennial Committee, the Newnan Sesquicentennial Committee and the local parks and recreation committee. She served on the Citizens Advisory Committee, which oversaw the equal distribution of federal funds to citizens of all races in Coweta County. For many years she has been an active member of the board of the Newnan-Coweta County Public Library. She was involved with this board during the construction of the new building, the first cooperative effort of this kind between the City of Newnan and Coweta County. Bowen also currently is a member of the Development Council of Newnan Hospital. Beside promoting the hospital, the board is committed to working out solutions to the problem of teenage pregnancy in Coweta County, which has the highest rate in the state. In addition, as an executive committee member of the new Wesley Woods of Newnan/Peachtree City, she is dedicated to providing "graceful" living for the elderly in the area. This month Bowen begins her term as a trustee of the Georgia Council on Moral and Civic Concerns, an interdenominational group. Bowen is often asked to speak in the community. She was on the program for the World War II victory celebration at Newnan High School earlier last year. She has often spoken about Lewis Grizzard, one of her favorite Latin students. Bowen persuaded the Newnan City Council of Newnan to adopt a city flag and Mayor Keith Brady presented her with a flag as Newnan's "first citizen."
Carol Flannigan wrote the nomination of Bowen as Senior Presbyterian of the Year on behalf of the church. "As a soldier in God's army, Miss Sally Bowen has met life's challenges and used them as opportunities to make a difference in the Presbyterian Church and the city. she has encouraged the community to grow spiritually, socially and intellectually," Flannigan wrote. Bowen was pleasantly surprised when the received the honor on Jan. 26, since she was not aware she had been nominated. A number of friends from the church and community were present for the ceremonies. Others nominated this year for Senior Presbyterian of the Year were Howard and Margaret Montgomery, Central Presbyterian; Susan Daugherty, First Presbyterian of Atlanta; Dr. Flora Davis, Radcliffe Presbyterian; Dr. Robert Hall Gillespie, Rock Springs Presbyterian; Annie Mae Funderburk, Roswell Presbyterian; and Lona Bellah Bennett, Stockbridge Presbyterian. 
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Last Edited19 July 1999


  1. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.

Phillip Norman Gray

M, (15 December 1959 - 5 June 1982)
FatherNorman Parker Gray (30 Apr 1938 - 4 Sep 1989)
Birth*15 December 1959 Phillip was born at Fayette Co., Georgia, on 15 December 1959. 
Death*5 June 1982 He died at Fayette Co., Georgia, on 5 June 1982 at age 22. 
Burial*7 June 1982 His body was interred on 7 June 1982 at Allen-Lee Cemetery, Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., Georgia
Biography*  Phil had a football scholarship to the University of Georgia, and made the starting team there, but his football career was plagued by knee injuries. He was helping a farmer "get up hay" and was killed instantly when he lost control of the equipment he was operating and was run over by it. He was in his senior year in college. The following funeral notice is from an unknown source: Phillip Norman Gray Dies in Fayette County Funeral services were held Monday, June 7, 1982 from the Fayetteville United Methodist Church for Phillip Norman Gray, 22, of Fayetteville, with the Rev. Donald Gray and the Rev. Fred Shelnutt officiating. Interment was in the Allen Lee Memorial Methodist Church Cemetery in Lone Oak. Born December 15, 1959, Gray was a native of Fayette County. He was a 1978 graduate of Fayette County High where he was an all-state football player. A student at the University of Georgia, Gray was a student assistant football coach. He was a member of the Fayetteville United Methodist Church. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Norman P. Gray; one sister, Margaret Gray; two brothers, Warren Gray and John Gray, all of Fayetteville; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gray of Mableton and Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Johnson of Hogansville and a number of aunts, uncles, and other relatives. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Phil Gray Memorial Fund in care of the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Fayetteville. Gray was apparently run over by a tractor he was driving. Reports indicate that he fell off the tractor while playing with a snake. Gray is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Gray of Fayetteville. His mother Nancy Johnson Gray, is a native of Hogansville. Norman Gray is a member of the Fayette County Board of Education.
Phillip had been a star athlete on the Fayette County High Tiger's Football team and had been awarded a full scholarship to the University of Georgia upon his graduation in 1978. This year he was a student-assistant to Coach Vince Dooley's Dogs. 
Last Edited9 July 1999

James William Culpepper

M, (29 January 1935 - 2 May 2014)
FatherJames Wallace Culpepper (2 Apr 1902 - 20 Feb 1981)
MotherMartha Elizabeth Burford (16 Nov 1907 - 12 Sep 1993)
Birth*29 January 1935 James was born on 29 January 1935. 
Employment* James's occupation: teacher. 
Marriage*1954 He married Wanda Jones in 1954. 
Divorce*say 1975 He and Wanda Jones were divorced say 1975. 
ResidenceSeptember 2009 James resided at Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia, in September 2009.1 
Biography* According to a note Mrs. A. M. (Florence Burford) Atkinson wrote to Mrs. Eleanor (Culpepper) Willingham circa 1994, James William Culpepper was "teaching school after retiring from business career, served in Army in 50's." 
Death*2 May 2014 He died at Clemson, Pickens Co., South Carolina, on 2 May 2014 at age 79. 
Obituary*5 May 2014 James William (Jim) Culpepper, 79, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, May 2, 2014.

Mr. Culpepper was born in Atlanta, GA, a son of the late James Wallace and Martha Burford Culpepper. He graduated from Georgia State University, was a computer programmer with Delta Airlines, worked in the textile industry for LaFrance Fabrics and Trend Mills, and for parking services at Clemson University.

Jim was always the life of the party, loved sports, played minor league baseball with the Chattanooga Lookouts, was a member of Boscobel Golf Club, a U. S. Army veteran and U. S. Coast Guard Reserve, and a member of Fort Hill Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife, Marchita Williams Culpepper; son, Thomas Neils Culpepper (Vivian) of Cartersville GA; daughter, Tina Annette Deaton (Rickey) of Rome, GA; brother Wilton Culpepper (Pat) of Carnesville, GA; sister Betty Cherry (Bill) of Statesville, NC; grandchildren, Chelsea and Aaron Deaton.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by two sons, James William and Charles Wallace Culpepper; a brother, Burford Culpepper; and a grandson, Charles Blaze Culpepper.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, and the family will receive friends following the service in Tartan Hall at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, 101 Edgewood Ave, Clemson, SC 29631 or to the charity of one's choice .2 


Wanda Jones (say 1935 - before 2009)
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John Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants (#2)
Last Edited20 May 2014


  1. E-mail written Sep 2009 to Culpepper Connections from James William Culpepper (#20181), e-mail address.
  2. Published in The Greenville News on May 5, 2014.

Howard Wallace Culpepper

M, (20 November 1959 - 7 August 1983)
FatherCol. Burford Wallace Culpepper M.D., Ph.D. (29 Mar 1928 - 6 Dec 2007)
Birth*20 November 1959 Howard was born on 20 November 1959. 
Death*7 August 1983 He died at El Paso Co., Texas, on 7 August 1983 at age 23
plane crash.1 
Death7 August 1983 He died at West Chester, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, on 7 August 1983 at age 23. 
Biography* Howard served in the U. S. Air Force. 
Last Edited19 June 2006


  1. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2006.
    Howard Wallace Culpepper, Male, died 7 Aug 1983 in El Paso Co., TX.

Fred Wayne Edmondson

M, (15 May 1933 - 9 May 1990)
Birth*15 May 1933 Fred was born on 15 May 1933. 
Death*9 May 1990 He died at Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., Georgia, on 9 May 1990 at age 56. 
Biography* Mrs. Eleanor Culpepper Willingham wrote 30 May 1990: [Fred] worked at Eastern Airlines where she [Rosalind] works. He was very helpful when Norman [Gray] was sick and seemed to fit into the family group perfectly. He loved the outdoors and made many improvements about Rosalind's place. Also had a wonderful garden and planted grape vines, peach trees, walnut trees and other kinds of fruits. Well, on May 9 he died very suddenly with a massive heart attack. He was very good to us and very thoughtful in every way." 
Last Edited9 July 1999