Millicent Elizabeth Newby

Female, #1332, (24 Nov 1921 - 15 Apr 2016)
Father*Frank Mullen Newby (s 1891 - )
Mother*Lillie Mae Brothers (s 1893 - )
Name Variation She was also known as Bessie.1 
Birth*24 Nov 1921 Millicent was born at Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., North Carolina, on 24 Nov 1921. 
Marriage*6 Nov 1942 She married Wilbur Augustus Culpepper at Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., North Carolina, on 6 Nov 1942 at age 20.2 
Married Name6 Nov 1942  As of 6 Nov 1942, her married name was Culpepper. 
World War II*between 1943 and 1945 She served in World War II between 1943 and 1945
(US Navy.)1 
Residence*Dec 2007 Millicent resided at Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., North Carolina, in Dec 2007.1 
Death of Spouse22 Dec 2007 Her husband Wilbur Augustus Culpepper died on 22 Dec 2007 at Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., North Carolina.1,3 
Death*15 Apr 2016 She died at Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., North Carolina, on 15 Apr 2016 at age 94.4 
Obituary*17 Apr 2016 Millicent Elizabeth "Bessie" Culpepper, 94 of Crescent Drive, Elizabeth City, NC died Friday, April 15, 2016 at her residence. She was born on November 24, 1921 in Elizabeth City, NC to the late Frank Mullen Newby and Lillie Brothers Newby and was the widow of the late Wilbur Augustus Culpepper.

Mrs. Culpepper is survived by two sons, Andy Culpepper and wife, Sharon, of Greenville, NC and Lee Culpepper of Elizabeth City, NC, three grandchildren, Hope C. Mewborne and husband, Jeff, Lisa C. Taylor, and Sara Culpepper; eight great grandchildren, Travis Mewborne, Luke Mewborne, Andrea Mewborne, Matthew Taylor, Carly Conway, Andrew Conway, Graham Conway, and Millicent Elizabeth Culpepper. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret N. Swain.

Mrs. Culpepper graduated from Elizabeth City High School in 1938 where she was a majorette for the band. After high school she attended Louisburg College and majored in business. In 1942, she married Wilbur and began working at the Elizabeth City Naval Blimp Base and continued working there for the duration of World War II. After her children were born and in school, she began her 36 year career at The Daily Advance, first as Society Editor and later as City Editor and Lifestyles Editor. As a journalist she won a national award for photography and awards in every category possible except sports from the North Carolina Press Women's Association.

Mrs. Culpepper served on the North Carolina Board of Economic Development under Governor Jim Hunt. She was the first woman to run for a seat on the Pasquotank Board of County Commissioners. She lost, but was later appointed by the county commissioners to the position of Pasquotank County Coroner because she was the only person attending the Commissioners' meeting when the coroner's position needed to be filled. She jokingly credited her service as coroner as the impetus for the establishment of the state-wide Medical Examiner's Office.

She was a proud member of the Fellowship Class of the First United Methodist Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Albemarle Hospital Auxiliary and the Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle. Mrs. Culpepper was a former member of the board of the Albemarle Home Health.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 18, 2016, at 11:00 in the Twiford Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Joe Casteel. Burial will be in the New Hollywood Cemetery.4 


Wilbur Augustus Culpepper (25 May 1921 - 22 Dec 2007)
Marriage*6 Nov 1942 She married Wilbur Augustus Culpepper at Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., North Carolina, on 6 Nov 1942 at age 20.2 
Last Edited23 Apr 2016


  1. The Daily Reflector, Greenville, Pitt Co., North Carolina.
    Obituary of Wilbur Augustus Culpepper (#1331), published 23 Dec 2007.
  2. North Carolina State Archives, compiler, North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2000, Online database at, 2005.
    Wilbur Augustus Culpepper, White, Male, married Millicent Elizabeth Newby in 1942 in Pasquotank Co., NC.
  3. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  4. Obituary of Bessie Culpepper, Published in The News & Observer on Apr. 17, 2016.