Lucy May Culpepper

Female, #20060, (12 Dec 1916 - 9 Jan 2009)
Father*Darius Ivan Culpepper (15 Jul 1884 - 28 Nov 1948)
Mother*Elfie May Spencer (25 Sep 1884 - 1 Feb 1968)
Birth*12 Dec 1916 Lucy was born at Comstock, Val Verde Co., Texas, on 12 Dec 1916. 
1920 Census1 Jan 1920 Avis, Iris and Lucy was listed as a daughter in Darius Ivan Culpepper's household on the 1920 Census at Wilson Co., Texas.1 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 Avis, Iris, Lucy and Iva was listed as a daughter in Darius Ivan Culpepper's household on the 1930 Census at Uvalde, Uvalde Co., Texas.2 
World War II*between 1943 and 1945 They served in World War II between 1943 and 1945
(Both Iris & Lucy enlisted in the Women's Army Corps (WACs) but later became WAFs (Women's Air Force).

In both pictures, Iris is on the left and Lucy is on the right.

Iris served in both the Pacific and European Theaters. She entered military service as soon as the war started and came home when the war was over. While she was in Japan, Iris served as an MP. When she was in Europe, she sang on the Radio Free Europe and the Voice of America Programs. Among her memorabilia is money that was used during the American occupation of Japan. (This just supplements the information that Mrs. R. Organ (Avis Joyce Culpepper) sent you in 1978.)

Lucy served from 29 Apr 44 until 30 Nov 45. Most of this service time was spent as a Classification Specialist at Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma. Several years later, the Air Force called her and asked her to come back. That time she served from 5 Oct 50 to 4 Jul 53 at Barksdale AFB, LA.)3,4,5,6
Iris & Lucy
Iris & Lucy
Death of Father28 Nov 1948 Her father Darius Ivan Culpepper died on 28 Nov 1948 at San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas.7,8 
Marriage*12 Dec 1964 She married Raymond F. Downs on 12 Dec 1964 at age 48. Lucy married Raymond Downs, a widower with grown children, on her 48th birthday.9 
Married Name12 Dec 1964  As of 12 Dec 1964, her married name was Downs. 
Death of Mother1 Feb 1968 Her mother Elfie May Spencer died on 1 Feb 1968 at Bexar Co., Texas.7,10 
Biography*28 Jul 1978 Lucy May is known as "Lucy." She served in WAC.... and worked for the Texas Employment Commission until her retirement several years ago. No children. A talented crafts-painter (built and furnished a doll's house last year) and a loving (and beloved) teacher of very small children in the First Baptist Church at Pleasanton, Texas where she presently lives.9 
Death of Spouse23 Oct 1989 Her husband Raymond F. Downs died on 23 Oct 1989 at Pleasanton, Atascosa Co., Texas.11 
Death*9 Jan 2009 She died on 9 Jan 2009 at age 92.6 
Obituary*say 11 Jan 2009 At the age of 92 she passed away January 9 2009. She was born December 12 1916 to Darius Ivan Culpepper and Elfie Mae Spencer Culpepper in Comstock Tx. She served in the WAFduring WWII and later was asked to return to the WAC during the 1950. She and her late husband Raymond Downs moved from San Antonio, TX to Pleasanton TX after she retired from the Texas Employment Commission with 32 years of service. She became a active member of the First Baptist Church of Pleasanton. She loved all arts and crafts but most of all doll making and collecting. Shehelpedstart the enrichment program at, and taught,arts and crafts workshopsto her fellow resident in theArgent Court Assisted Living Center.6 

Family

Raymond F. Downs (6 Mar 1906 - 23 Oct 1989)
Marriage*12 Dec 1964 She married Raymond F. Downs on 12 Dec 1964 at age 48. Lucy married Raymond Downs, a widower with grown children, on her 48th birthday.9 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited19 Jul 2010

Citations

  1. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 203, Sheet 7B, Pg 135, Pct. 5, Wilson Co., TX
    Rent=Y, Farm=Y
    Ivan Culpepper, Head, M, 35, m, TX TX AL, Farmer
    Effie Culpepper, Wife, F, 34, M, TX TX TX
    Joyce Culpepper, Dau, F, 7, S, TX TX TX
    Iris Culpepper, Dau, F, 5, S, TX TX TX
    ? Culpepper, Dau, F, 3 ?/12, S, TX TX TX.
  2. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 1, Sheet 5B, Pg 5, 323 Pecan St., Uvalde, Uvalde Co., TX
    Own=$1000, Radio=N, Farm=N, Military=N
    D. I. Culpepper, Head, M, 45, M, md@24, TX TX TX, Carpenter-Bld Home
    Effie Culpepper, Wife, F, 45, M, md@24, TX TX TX
    Joyce Culpepper, Dau, F, 17, S, TX TX TX
    Iris Culpepper, Dau, F, 15, S, TX TX TX
    Lucy M. Culpepper, Dau, F, 12, S, TX TX TX
    Myra Culpepper, Dau, F, 8, S, TX TX TX
    Iva J. Culpepper, Dau, F, 1 9/12, S, TX TX TX.
  3. E-mail written 22 May 2005 to Lew Griffin from Fay Hendrix, e-mail address.
  4. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8939
    Iris I Culpepper, White, born 1914 in Texas; Resides in Bexar Co., TX; Enlisted 6 Apr 1943 at San Antonio, TX in the Womens Army Corps as a Private; Education: 4 years of high school; Occupation: Clerk-Typist, Single; Height: 58 in., Weight: 95.
  5. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8939
    Lucy M Culpepper, White, born 1916 in Texas; Resides in Maverick Co., TX; Enlisted 29 Apr 1944 at San Antonio, TX in the Womens Army Corps as a Private; Education: 4 years of high school; Occupation: General Clerk, Single; Height: unk, Weight: unk.
  6. E-mail written 2005-2009 to Warren L. Culpepper from Patricia Francis La Scuola (#20064), e-mail address.
  7. Tombstone.
    Floresville City Cemetery, Floresville, WIlson Co., TX
    Ivan Culpepper, 15 Jul 1884 – 28 Nov 1948
    Effie Culpepper, 25 Sep 1884 – 1 Feb 1968.
  8. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2006.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4876
    D. I. Culpepper, died 28 Nov 1948 in Bexar Co., TX.
  9. Correspondence from Joyce Culpepper (Mrs. R.) Organ to Lew Griffin, 28 Jul 1978.
  10. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2006.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4876
    Elfie M Culpepper, Female, Widowed, died 1 Feb 1968 in Bexar Co., TX.
  11. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm