Rev. Charles Ross Culpepper

Male, #18956, (21 Oct 1905 - 30 Dec 1997)
Father*Rev. Marvin Myres Culpepper (20 Nov 1877 - 19 Sep 1927)
Mother*Daisy C. Ross (8 Dec 1880 - Jan 1972)
Birth*21 Oct 1905 Charles was born at Flemingsburg, Fleming Co., Kentucky, on 21 Oct 1905.1,2 
Photographedcirca 1907 He appeared as a son in a family photograph circa 1907.3 
1910 Census15 Apr 1910 Charles was listed as a son in Rev. Marvin Myres Culpepper's household on the 1910 Census at Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas.4 
Photographed*say 1912 He was photographed say 1912 at Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas.3
Charles Ross Culpepper
Photographedsay 1917 He appeared as a grandson in a family photograph say 1917.3
John Butler Culpepper with Marvin & Ross
1920 Census1 Jan 1920 Charles was listed as a son in Rev. Marvin Myres Culpepper's household on the 1920 Census at Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri.5 
Photographedsay 1921 He appeared as a son in a family photograph say 1921 at Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri.3 
Death of Father19 Sep 1927 His father Rev. Marvin Myres Culpepper died on 19 Sep 1927 at Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana.6 
Marriage*30 Jun 1928 He married Olive Lucille O'Dell on 30 Jun 1928 at age 22.7 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 Charles was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Charleston, Kanawha Co., West Virginia.8 
World War II*between 1942 and 1945 He served in World War II between 1942 and 1945
(Colonel, US Army.)9 
SSN*between 1956 and 1957 His Social Security Number was issued between 1956 and 1957 in West Virginia.2 
Photographedsay 1970 He was photographed say 1970 at Charleston, Kanawha Co., West Virginia.3
Charles Ross Culpepper
Death of MotherJan 1972 His mother Daisy C. Ross died in Jan 1972 at Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., Ohio
Death of Spouse19 Apr 1994 His wife Olive Lucille O'Dell died on 19 Apr 1994 at Charleston, Kanawha Co., West Virginia.2 
Death*30 Dec 1997 He died at Charleston, Kanawha Co., West Virginia, on 30 Dec 1997 at age 92.1,2 
Burial*circa 2 Jan 1998 His body was interred circa 2 Jan 1998 at Sunset Memorial Park, Charleston, Kanawha Co., West Virginia.1 
Biography* Rev. Charles Ross Culpepper wrote, 12 Nov 1977: I grew up in Kansas.... Growing up so far from family I came to know only "Essie," Burke and John B. My path has been happy but difficult. I had to work for a college and seminary education. I also helped mother with the girls and we have a bond as close as one could hope for. I graduated at long last from West Va. Wesleyan in 1930. After two years in the coal fields I went to Boston and served the Church of All Nations and Goodwill Industries while at Boston U. School of Th. Came to W. Va. in 1936 and in 1940 left as a Chaplain in West Va. National Guard. Called up and served until the end of the war. Ended up in San Francisco with my wife a fine organist looking after all chapel services. Came home to our son and West Va. afterward and served in Parkersburg and Elkins before I became District Supt. Was able to attend five World Methodist Conferences as delegate or member of Council. Once at Oxford, again at Oslo, Norway, then London and twice here in U.S. My last work before retiring was to start a new church near Charleston. I am a Retired Colonel in U.S. Army, a Returned minister of the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
      20 Dec 1978, Rev. Charles Ross Culpepper added that he was born at the family farm outside of Flemingsburg, KY and "I suffer from eyes that have failed and had a transplant in late September. The other eye will be taken care of in April or May. I have been much under the weather and activity limited."
      The following is from p. 167 of Who's Who in Methodism published in 1952 by A.N. Marquis Co. CULPEPPER, Charles Ross; b. Flemingsburg, Ky., Oct 21, 1905, s. Marvin M. and Daisy (Ross) C; A.B., W.Va. Wesleyan U., 1930, S.T.B., Boston U. Sch. Theol., 1935; m. Olive O'Dell, June 30, 1928; 1 son, Marvin Wesley. On trial, St. Louis Ann. Conf., 1925, full connection and deacon, Gulf Ann. Conf., 1927, elder. W.Va. Ann. Conf., 1929. Pastor Springdale, Ark., 1925-26, asst. to Gen. Evang. Burke Culpepper, 1926-28; asst. pastor, Central, Charleston, W.Va., 1928-29; student pastor, W.Va. Wesleyan Coll., Buckhannon, 1929-31; pastor Ward, W. Va., 1931-32, Ch. of All Nations, Boston 1932-35, Beckley, W.Va., 1935-38, Clendenin, 1938-41; chaplain, U.S. Army, 1941-46; pastor, Wayside Meth. Ch., Vienna W.Va. 1946-50, First Meth. Ch., Elkins W.Va., 1950. Mem. W.Va. Conf. Bd. Evang. since 1949; dist. sec. evang., Parkersburg Dist., 1940-50. Home: 317 Kerens Ave., Elkins, W.Va.
      The following is from p. 299 of Who's Who in The Methodist Church published by Abingdon Press in 1966: CULPEPPER, Charles Ross, minister; b. Flemingsburg, Ky., Oct. 21, 1905; s. Marvin M. and Daisy (Ross) C; student Cumberland U., 1923-24, U. Ark., 1925; A.B., W.Va. Wesleyan U., 1930, D.D., 1950; S.T.B. Boston U., 1936; m. Olive O'Dell, June 30, 1928; 1 son, Marvin Wesley. On trial St. Louis Conf., 1925, ordained deacon, full connection, 1927, elder, 1929; pastor in Springdale Ark., 1925-26, Central Charleston, W.Va., 1927-29, Buckhannon circuit, 1929-30, Ward Community, 1930-32, Ch. of all Nations, Boston, 1933-36, First, Beckley W.Va., 1936-39 Clendenin, W.Va., 1939-41 Vienna, W.Va., 1946-50, First, Elkins, W.Va. 1950-55; supt. Charleston Dist., 1955-61; pastor Lakeview Ch., St. Albans, W.Va, 1961---. Alternate del. World Meth. Conf., Oxford Eng. 1951; del. Lake Junaluska, N.C., 1956, Oslo, Norway, 1961; mem. World Meth. Council, 1962---; sec. W.Va. Conf. Bd. Evangelism, 1949-55. Chaplain. W.Va. N.G., 1941-64. Served to col., as chaplain AUS, 1941-46. Address: 25 Monongalia St., Charleston, W.Va. 25302.
Charles Ross Culpepper
Former Charleston District superintendent for the United Methodist
Church, Charles Ross Culpepper, died Tuesday, 30 Dec 1997, at Morris Memorial Nursing Home after a long illness.
      Culpepper, 92, an active alumnus of West Virginia Wesleyan College, also was known for his famous football pep talks at Stonewall Jackson High School. For 17 straight years, Culpepper spoke to Stonewall students before games with Charleston High School. Popular among young people, he also made presentations at several other area high schools.
      Culpepper was licensed to preach in the Methodist Church in 1925,
ordained a deacon in 1927 and an elder in 1929. He pastored in Arkansas, Massachusetts and West Virginia. In the state, he served in Buckhannon, Beckley, Clendenin, Vienna, Elkins and Charleston. Culpepper retired from Lakeview Methodist Church in St. Albans.
      Scouting and youth work were emphasized in Culpepper 's career. He also was a member of the Rotary, Lions and Masons. During his ministry, Culpepper represented the West Virginia Annual Conference at World Methodist Conferences in Oxford, England; Lake Junaluska, N.C; and Oslo, Norway. At Wesleyan, Culpepper served as past president of the alumni council and was honored with the alumni award in 1966.
      Culpepper attended the University of Arkansas, where he was a
varsity cheerleader. He received a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan in 1930 and a graduate degree from Boston School of Theology in 1936.
      Culpepper is survived by his son, Marvin Culpepper of Charleston;
foster son, Dr. Tae Byung Whang of Penfield, N.Y; four grandchildren; four foster grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Service will be at Christ Church United Methodist at 11 a.m. Saturday with Keith Clark officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wilson Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Charles Ross Culpepper Scholarship Fund, care of Brooks Jones, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV 26201. (Source: 1 Jan 1998; Charleston Daily Mail; Page 3C.
Research note*25 Apr 2012 Dad said the 2nd son section on Charles Ross and Olive O’Dell was simply incorrect. Here is his narrative in summary.

The Census of 1930 lists a son Martin Moley born Circa Nov. 1929. This is Marvin Wesley. Layer upon layer of complications here, likely also involving typo’s by census takers. Here it is:
Dad was born Nov.12, 1929. He recently went to get a birth certificate and it had him listed as Dec. 11, 1929. He said he had no idea all his life someone had transcribed the month/day and the courthouse had the wrong info. He hasn’t bothered getting it fixed. So he was born 11/12/29 NOT 12/11/29.
At the time of the 1930 Census, Charles Ross (Granddad) was not a resident of WV. He had come to WV with Uncle Burke to do Tent Revivals. Burke would preach and Granddad was Music Director. From there he met my Grandmother Olive “Ollie” O’Dell. Granddad returned the next year and he and Ollie eloped to VA to get married. Ollie was only 16 or 17 so it was covert.
After their wedding Granddad transferred to West Virginia Wesleyan where he finished College. So he was living in Buckhannon WV until Graduation in 1932.
Ollie became pregnant with Dad moved into her parents’ home in Charleston, WV until Dad was born. After the birth, they joined my Granddad in Buckhannon (circa Jan-Feb 1930).
When the 1930 Census was taken, Charles Ross was an out-of-state student at Wesleyan so they noted his residence as that of his in-laws the O’Dells in Charleston, Kanawha Co., WV. So there was no Martin Moley.
After Granddad graduated in 1932, he got a small church in Cabin Creek, WV but later moved to Boston to attend Divinity school at Boston U. School of Theology. He graduated from Boston in 1935 and the WV Methodist Conference in Sep of 1935 assigned him a church in Beckley, WV (1935 – 1938) and then Clendenin, WV (1938 – 1941).
They all lived together until my father got “scarlatina” whereupon he was moved to Charleston to live with his Grandmother and Grandfather– Minerva and Wesley O’Dell.
Dad entered 1st grade in Charleston but was moved to Beckley when his parents returned from Boston. Dad did 1st – 3rd grade in Beckley, 4th – 6th in Clendenin and back to Charleston for 6th grade.
When WWII broke out, Dad stayed in Charleston while Granddad served as a Chaplain. He finished High School in Charleston but remembers going to Camp Winfield Scott in the SF Presidio during the summers. He was in SF for V Day.

I will work diligently at getting the Apocryphal list copied but it sounds like this may just be another confirmation of a line that you guys feel to be fictional. I cannot explain it and admit to not having read all of your research notes (yet) so I’m a bit behind on this new twist. New to me that is.
I hope this helps.3 


Olive Lucille O'Dell (11 Oct 1911 - 19 Apr 1994)
Marriage*30 Jun 1928 He married Olive Lucille O'Dell on 30 Jun 1928 at age 22.7 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited20 May 2012


  1. National Cemetery Administration, compiler, US Veterans Gravesites, 1775-2006, Online database at, 2006.
    Sunset Memorial Park, 4301 McCorkle Ave SW Charleston, WV 25309
    + Charles Ross Culpepper, 21 Oct 1905 - 30 Dec 1997, COL US ARMY WORLD WAR II.
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  3. E-mail written Jan 2008 to Culpepper Connections from John Butler Culpepper (#28948), Altadena, CA, e-mail address (Oct 2011).
  4. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 178, Page 7B, Line 86, 1649 Central Park Ave., Topeka, Shawnee Co., KS
    Marvin Culpepper, Head, M, 32, md 7 yrs, GA/GA/GA, Minister
    Daisy Culpepper, Wife, F, 29, md 7 yrs, ch 1/1, KY/KY/KY
    Charles Ross Culpepper, Son, M, 4, Sng, KY/GA/KY.
  5. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO, ED 263, page 15A
    M. M. Culpepper, Head, 42, GA/GA/GA, Minister (ID: 34305)
    Daisy Culpepper, Wife, 38, KY/KY/KY
    Charles Culpepper, Son, 14, KY/GA/KY
    Sue Culpepper, Daughter, 5, KS/GA/KY
    Malvinia Culpepper, Daughter, 3 6/12, KS/GA/KY
    Cecil Post, Boarder, 20, KS/KS/MO.
  6. Louisiana Secretary of State / Division of Archives, compiler, Louisiana Statewide Death Index, 1900-1949, Online database at, 2002.
    Rev. Marvin Culpepper, 19 Aug 1927, 49 years, Ouachita Parish, LA.
  7. Who's Who in the Methodist Church-1966, Abingdon Press, 1966.
    p 299.
  8. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 49-4, Sheet #11-B, Line 60, 146 Barbour St., Buckhannon, Upshur Co., WV
    Rent=$20, Radio=Blank, Farm=Blank (15 Apr 1930)
    Ross* Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 24, M, md@22, KY/LA/KY, Minister, Church, Vet=No
    Olive Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 18, M, md@16, WV/WV/WV, Not emp.
    Marvin Wesley Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 4mos., WV/KY/WV.
  9. National Cemetery Administration, compiler, US Veterans Gravesites, 1775-2006, Online database at, 2006.
    Sunset Memorial Park, 4301 McCorkle Ave SW Charleston, WV 25309
    + Charles Ross Culpepper, 21 Oct 1905 - 30 Dec 1997, COL US ARMY WORLD WAR II.