Henry Royce Culpepper

Male, #1703, (13 Dec 1912 - 6 Aug 1980)
Father*William Alexandra Culpepper1 (5 Jun 1890 - 3 Nov 1912)
Mother*Lizzie Ella Mathis1 (29 Nov 1884 - 29 Apr 1974)
DNA* Henry has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Jeremiah Culpepper of Nash Co., NC, and Jeremiah has been proven to be a son of James, a grandson of Robert Culpepper, Jr. and a 2-great-grandson of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA. 
Death of Father3 Nov 1912 His father William Alexandra Culpepper died on 3 Nov 1912 at Chickasaw Co., Mississippi.2 
Birth*13 Dec 1912 Henry was born at Van Vleet, Chickasaw Co., Mississippi, on 13 Dec 1912.3 
1920 Census1 Jun 1920 James and Henry was listed as a grandson in Samuel Earl Mathis's household on the 1920 Census at Houlka, Chickasaw Co., Mississippi.1 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 James and Henry was listed as a grandson in Samuel Earl Mathis's household on the 1930 Census at Chickasaw Co., Mississippi.4 
Marriage*6 Oct 1935 He married Ruby Jewel Davidson at Okolona, Chickasaw Co., Mississippi, on 6 Oct 1935 at age 22. 
SSN*between 1936 and 1950 His Social Security Number was issued between 1936 and 1950 in Mississippi.3 
Birth of Son31 Jul 1936 His son Henry Royce Culpepper Jr. was born on 31 Jul 1936 at Okolona, Chickasaw Co., Mississippi
Birth of Son17 Feb 1938 His son Malcolm Wicks Culpepper was born on 17 Feb 1938 at Okolona, Chickasaw Co., Mississippi
Photographed*say 1960 He was photographed say 1960.5
Henry Royce & Ruby Jewell (Davidson) Culpepper
Death of Mother29 Apr 1974 His mother Lizzie Ella Mathis died on 29 Apr 1974 at Van Vleet, Chickasaw Co., Mississippi.3,2 
Death of Spouse15 Oct 1978 His wife Ruby Jewel Davidson died on 15 Oct 1978 at Jackson, Hinds Co., Mississippi
Death*6 Aug 1980 He died at Jackson, Hinds Co., Mississippi, on 6 Aug 1980 at age 67.3 
Burial*8 Aug 1980 His body was interred on 8 Aug 1980 at I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Okolona, Chickasaw Co., Mississippi.6 
Obituary*9 Aug 1980 Services For Mr. Culpepper Held Friday - Funeral services for Henry Royce Culpepper, Sr. were held last Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the Okolona funeral Home Chapel with Burial following in the Okolona Cemetery. Dr. James Parker, his pastor, conducted the services and his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Becky Culpepper, sang "Just A Closer Walk With Thee".
     Mr. Culpepper, who was 67 years of age, died on Wednesday, Aug 6 1980 at 12:30 pm in the Hinds General Hospital in Jackson after an extended illness.
     Preceeded in death by his wife, the former Ruby Jewel Davidson, on Oct 20 1974, he leaves two sons, Henry Royce Culpepper, Jr. of Nashville, Tenn; and Malcolm Wicks Culpepper, Sr. of Clinton; one brother, James William Culpepper of Van Vleet; and eight grandchildren.
     Mr. Culpepper was born near Houlka and lived in Okolona for about 40 years before moving to Clinton in 1977 to make his home with his son, Malcolm. He had been living in Clinton Country Manor for two and one-half years prior to his death. The son of the late William Alexandra Culpepper and Daisy Mathis of Van Vleet, he was a retired carpenter and plant maintenance supervisor at Meadow Sporstwear. Mr. Culpepper was a former City Councilman, having served two terms from 1965 to 1973, and was a member of the First Baptist Church, and was a Mason. Masonic rites were performed at the graveside with members of the Masonic Lodge serving as pallbearers.6 


Ruby Jewel Davidson (1 May 1915 - 15 Oct 1978)
Marriage*6 Oct 1935 He married Ruby Jewel Davidson at Okolona, Chickasaw Co., Mississippi, on 6 Oct 1935 at age 22. 
ChartsJames Culpepper of Nash Co., NC : Descendant Chart
Last Edited25 Oct 2011


  1. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 43, Sheet 12A, lines 37-41, Houlka, Chickasaw Co., MS (17 Jan 1920) Marion & Hamilton Road
    Samuel E. Mathis, head, M, Wh, 69, md. MS/SC/SC General farm
    Lisa Mathis, wife, F, Wh, 58, md, NC/NC/NC
    William Culpepper, Gson, M, WH, 9, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Henry R. Culpepper, Gson, M, WH, 7, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Daisey Culpepper, dau, F, Wh, 35, wid, MS/MS/NC.
  2. Tombstone.
    Friendship Presbyterian Church, van Vleet, Chickasaw Co., MS
    + W. A. (Willie) Culpepper, 5 Jun 1890 - 3 Nov 1912
    + Daisy Mathis Culpepper, 29 Nov 1884 - 29 Apr 1974.
  3. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
  4. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 9-5, Page 3B, Van Vleet & Houlka Road, Chickasaw Co., MS
    Rent Farm, Radio=N
    Samuel E Mathis, Head, M, Wh, 79, md@35, MS/SC/NC, Farmer, General Farm, Vet=N
    Annna E Mathis, Wife, F, Wh, 59, md@15, NC/NC/NC
    Daisy (Mathis) Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, 45, wid, md@21, MS/MS/NC, Laborer, General Farm
    Henry Culpepper, Grandson, M, Wh, 19 (17), sng, MS/MS/MS, Laborer, General Farm
    James W Culpepper, Grandson, M, Wh, 17 (19), sng, MS/MS/MS, Laborer, General Farm.
  5. E-mail from Henry Royce Culpepper Jr. (#1714), e-mail address, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, (www.culpepper.net) to Culpepper Connections, 1998-2010.
  6. Tupelo Daily Journal, Tupelo, Mississippi.
    Obituary of Henry Royce Culpepper (Sr.), published in the Tupelo Daily Journal on 9? Aug 1980 and provided to Culpepper Connections by Royce Culpepper, Jr.