Warren L. Culpepper
Publisher of Culpepper Connections!
Family History Website
A fourth-generation Atlantan, and sixth generation Georgian, I was born in
Atlanta in 1942. However, from kindergarten through high school, I lived in the
small south Alabama town of Andalusia where my father owned an
electrical construction business which was directed at improving the electrification of the
In high school, I had a ham radio license (K4LNQ) and enjoyed building radio equipment
and talking to folks around the world. That's something like my current avocation of
building this web site and communicating with cousins from all over.
In 1964, I received a degree in math and economics from the University of the
South in Sewanee, Tennessee. After graduation, I moved to Nashville where I
worked in the actuarial department of a life insurance company.
Shortly after moving to Nashville, I met and married my dear, but now deceased, first wife, Suzanne Hooper.
Three years after our marriage, we moved to Atlanta, I became a systems engineer with IBM,
and our two children, Leigh and Lane, both sons, were born there. Later, I took a job with one of the
first computer software companies, Insurance Systems of America, and spent most of the
1970's working for them.
In 1979, I went into business for myself, becoming a management consultant to
software companies. While the start was quite slow, the business eventually
prospered and in 1982 we went on a family vacation in Europe. There, the unimaginable happened. We were in a head-on automobile crash in which
Suzanne (age 37) and Lane (10) were both killed. Leigh (15) and I were badly
I had numerous surgeries and was on crutches for a year. Fortunately, I was
blessed with good friends who cared, encouraged and helped me through the
difficult processes of healing physically, grieving my losses, and rebuilding my
Having discovered the fragility of a one-person consultancy, I evolved away from consulting and
built a business, Culpepper
and Associates, which conducts salary surveys for technology, life sciences
and healthcare companies.
Leigh joined me in it in 1995, initially taking responsibility for building our
first website, and over time picking up greater and greater responsibilities.
In that same year, I was blessed to be married
to Dr. Cathryn Lee Thrasher. Lee is a psychologist with a private counseling practice in
Jasper and Sandy Springs.
Shortly after our marriage, Lee and I relocated from Atlanta to
Big Canoe, about
50 miles above Atlanta in the north Georgia mountains.
In 1997, Lew Griffin and I launched The Culpepper Connections website (More
about the launch), and I slowly started working more on the website and
other avocations, and less on my business.
Finally, by 2005, I had fully withdrawn from day-to-day involvement in the
business and turned the operational responsibilities over to my son, Leigh, who
is now its President/CEO. I remain involved only as a rather inactive Chairman
of the Board (LinkedIn
After living in Big Canoe for eleven years, a growing gang of grandchildren (see
photo below) pulled us back to Atlanta in 2006 to be closer to them and our
children. We are also blessed to have the families of four of our five siblings
living in the Atlanta area. We've kept the mountain home for a vacation retreat,
but most of our time is now spent in Atlanta. Our home is in a small
neighborhood in Brookhaven, about a mile east of Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square.
The Culpeppers and Thrashers, Christmas 2007, Atlanta
In the photo above, from left to right...
The Grandchildren: Nathan, Ashlynne, Daphne, Jenna, Mac and
Seated with three grandchildren in our laps -- Warren and Lee
1&2 Leigh and Elaine Culpepper: Leigh is my son and
CEO of Culpepper and Associates; Elaine is a full-time mom and wife;
they are the parents of Nathan, Ashlynne and Jenna (the 3 kids in red).
3&4 Grady and Amanda Thrasher: Grady is Lee's son and an
attorney; Amanda is a Realtor; they are the parents of Brock and Mac (the
boys on the right).
5&6 Kelly and Adrienne Thrasher: Kelly is Lee's son and a
physician; Adrienne is my God daughter and an attorney; they are the parents
of little Daphne and another on the way (baby Vivienne Page "Vivi" Thrasher was
born March 11, 2008).
Warren and his Golden Retrievers:
Rusty (10 weeks) and
Peggy, August 2007
Photo taken in Lenox Park, across the street from our home in Atlanta
02 Jan 2015