Judge George Brown Culpepper1

Male, #20566, (26 Dec 1920 - 29 Nov 2014)
Father*George Bacon Culpepper (4 Dec 1899 - 7 Oct 1972)
Mother*Mary Elizabeth Adams (21 Mar 1901 - 19 Jan 1997)
Birth*26 Dec 1920 George was born at Fort Valley, Houston Co., Georgia, on 26 Dec 1920.2 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 George was listed as a son in George Bacon Culpepper's household on the 1930 Census at Fort Valley, Peach Co., Georgia.3 
World War II*between 1943 and 1945 He served in World War II between 1943 and 1945
(US Navy in Pacific.) 
Death of Father7 Oct 1972 His father George Bacon Culpepper died on 7 Oct 1972 at Fort Valley, Peach Co., Georgia.4,5 
Death of Mother19 Jan 1997 His mother Mary Elizabeth Adams died on 19 Jan 1997 at Macon Co., Georgia.5,6 
News Article*20 Apr 1998 HR 1031 (Georgia Assembly):
A resolution designating a portion of U.S. Highway 341 as the "George B. Culpepper Highway"

Effective 20 Apr 1998

WHEREAS, the Rev. George Bright Culpepper, a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Taylor County, Georgia, in 1866. He married Lillian Sheppard and moved to Fort Valley in 1898, where they raised six children and he served as a pastor and a friend of the community until his death in 1948; and

WHEREAS, George Bacon Culpepper was born in Fort Valley in 1899. George B. Culpepper, Jr., became a lawyer in 1924 and practiced law in Fort Valley until his death in 1972. George was active in local civic and political matters and was a wise and reasoned voice in community debates. He also served as an active layman and Sunday school teacher in the Fort Valley Methodist Church. George married Mary Elizabeth Adams and had two wonderful children, and he always made time for his family; and

WHEREAS, George Brown Culpepper was born in Fort Valley in 1920. He also became a lawyer and served in the United States Navy during World War II, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander from the U.S. naval reserve. George practiced law with his father until 1967, when he was appointed to serve as a superior court judge in the Macon Judicial Circuit where he presided with intelligence, dignity, and restraint until his retirement in 1982. He is currently a widely respected senior judge of the superior courts of Georgia. George married Alice Wright in 1943 and had four lovely children; and

WHEREAS, George Bryant Culpepper was born in Macon in 1947. Bryant attended Mercer Law School and continued the respected tradition of his family by practicing law until he was elected in 1982 to succeed his father, George B. Culpepper III as judge of the Superior Court of the Macon Judicial Circuit. Bryant also served four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1975 - 1982 where he was a valued colleague and will always be remembered fondly. Bryant has two wonderful daughters and is married to Donna Jones, and he continues to reside in Fort Valley where he is a committed member of the Fort Valley United Methodist Church; and

WHEREAS, George B. Culpepper, Sr., George B. Culpepper, Jr., George B. Culpepper III and George B. Culpepper IV all have made remarkable contributions to this great state and particularly to their communities of Peach County and Fort Valley; and

WHEREAS, it is only fitting and proper that the George B. Culpeppers be honored by so naming the portion of U.S. Highway 341 that runs between Fort Valley, Georgia, and Perry, Georgia.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA that the portion of U.S. Highway 341 which travels south from the city limits of Fort Valley to the beginning of the Perry bypass is designated as the "George B. Culpepper Highway" in honor of the many contributions to our great state made by the Rev. George Bright Culpepper, George Bacon Culpepper, George Brown Culpepper, and George Bryant Culpepper.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Transportation is authorized and directed to erect and maintain appropriate signs so designating the highway.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to the Department of Transportation.

Culpepper Connections Note: In January 1999, George Branham Culpepper was born, becoming the fifth generation to carry the honored name of "George B. Culpepper". 
Biography* Mrs. John (Dorothy Culpepper) Wingfield preserved a 25 page typed manuscript "ONE FAMILY - CULPEPPER" written by her grandfather, Rev. George Bright Culpepper, which noted: They [George Bacon and Mary Adams] have one son and one daughter. To the son, born December 26, 1920, they gave the name of George Brown Culpepper.... George B. III, was born in what was called then and is now the Murray House on the corner of College and Macon Streets in Fort Valley. My next [in age] grandson (George B. Culpepper III) graduated from Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, North Carolina, at the same time as his cousin, Caughey did. Both these boys are now finishing up their Law course, one [Caughey] at Emory University and one [G. B. Culpepper III] at Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.... And now as I write I can say (Oct. 5, 1942) that no grandfather ever had a better grandson than George B. Culpepper III has been to me, George B. Culpepper, Sr....

The following excerpt is from p. 229 of the "History of Peach County": George Brown... attended Mars Hill College and graduated from the Mercer Law School. He served in the Navy during World War II and retired as a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve.... George Brown Culpepper was associated with his father in the law firm of Culpepper & Culpepper until he became a judge of the Superior Courts of the Macon Circuit.

The following biography is from p. 519 of "Georgia Through Two Centuries." George Brown Culpepper is designated III because he is the third Culpepper in his line to have the first name George and middle initial B. Since the beginning of his professional career George Brown Culpepper has been associated with his father in the practice of law at Fort Valley. He currently holds office as both county and city attorney. A native of Fort Valley, he was born on December 26, 1920, and is a son of George Bacon and Mary (Adams) Cullpepper. His father, who was born in the same city on December 4, 1899, has practiced law there since 1923. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Employees' Retirement Fund of the State of Georgia. Miss Adams, whom he married, was born in Auburn Alabama, on March 21, 1900. The public schools of his native place provided George Brown Culpepper with his early education, and he graduated from Fort Valley High School. He commenced his advanced studies at Mars Hill Junior College in Mars Hills, North Carolina, and later attended Mercer Law School. There he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1943. He then entered World War II service, and passed his bar examination when he returned in 1946. Mr. Culpepper's wartime service was with the Unitcd States Navy, which he entered in 1943 with a commission as ensign. He served in the South Pacific, and remained in the United States Naval Reserve after the war, now holding a commission as Lieutenant Commander. As soon as he was admitted to the bar in 1946, Mr. Culpepper joined his father in practice, is attorney for the County of Peach, and is city attorney of Fort Valley. He is a member of the Third District Democratic Committee. He is a member of the following bar groups: The Macon Circuit Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Association and also of Phi Alpha Delta Legal fraternity, and Blue Key. He also belongs to Kappa Alpha Social Fraternity. Local memberships include the Kiwanis Club, of which he is past president, and the Pine needles Counry Club, both of his home city. A member of the Methodist Church, he teaches a Sunday school class there. At Macon, on October 23, 1943, George Brown Culpepper married Alice Wright.... The couple have four children: Bryant, Lewis C., Wright A., and Michele.

The following is from the "Macon News & Telegraph" for Sunday, July 16, 1978: "Judge George B. Culpepper III". Around the Bibb County Courthouse, George B. Culpepper III is known as "everybody's best friend." Culpepper is a native of Peach County where he is a member of an old and prominent family. His grandfather was a Methodist minister, his father an attorney and his son both a lawyer and state representative for the 98th District. His religious upbringing may have helped make Culpepper a non-drinker, the only teetotaler among the four judges in this circuit. But he does smoke cigars and pipes. And he's a musician. He plays the "bones," two bones of an unknown origin which he found in a music shop a while back. But more enthralling than his music is Culpepper's ability to put people at ease. He runs a relaxed though professional courtroom and at times Culpepper himself will lean back in his chair and rest his eyes. "That's what it (the chair) is made for," he said with a smile. He is quick-witted and likeable. "A most kind-hearted man" was how one local attorney described him. Culpepper's compassion and humanity run so strongly that at times he almost suffers when he must hand down a stiff sentence. "It's not fun," he said. Generally, Culpepper's average sentences fall in between those of Judges C. Cloud Morgan and Hal Bell. Culpepper said he never pushed strongly to give judges sentencing power, a job juries had in Georgia until 1974. At 57, Culpepper has been a Superior Court judge for nearly 11 years. A Fort Valley resident his entire life, Culpepper was graduated from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C. He completed his education at the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 1943. At Mercer, he was secretary-treasurer of his law school class. He also was president of the student body. Bell was head of the student political group which ran Culpepper for office. Culpepper began practicing law with his father, George B. Culpepper Jr. in Fort Valley in 1946 after a three-year stint in the military. Culpepper Jr. had started the law firm in 1924. He and his father handled "anything that walked through the door" until 1967 when Culpepper was appointed to the bench by Gov. Lester Maddox. After his son became a judge, Culpepper's father went into practice with Sam Culpepper, who now is the Peach County attomey.

The two men are not related. In October 1972, Culpepper Jr. died and the following month, Bryant Culpepper, son of the Superior Court judge, joined the firm. Bryant actually is George B. Culpepper IV, but he goes by his middle name. Bryant Culpepper has completed two two-year terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and now is running unopposed for his third term. The name of the law firm is Culpepper, Culpepper and Liipfert, for Charles J. Liipfert. Although Culpepper was appointed by Maddox, he was not a strong supporter of him. The two were friendly in later years, but Culpepper said he didn't vote for Maddox. He was named to the bench after Oscar Long announced in August 1967 that he would become a judge emeritus, now called a senior judge. Culpepper's selection helped maintain a balance of non-Bibb County residents. A year earlier, Judge Walter D. Aultman of Byron retired at the age of 71. C. Cloud Morgan eventually filled that seat. But Culpepper doesn't spend all his time in Fort Valley. He has a cabin in Dillard, Ga. close to the North Carolina border where he likes to go.

George B. Culpepper was listed in "The American Bench: Judges of the Nation". 2nd edition in 1979 and Ninth edition in 1997. 
Death*29 Nov 2014 He died at Macon, Bibb Co., Georgia, on 29 Nov 2014 at age 93.7 
Obituary*30 Nov 2014 Judge George B. Culpepper, III
December 26, 1920 - November 29, 2014
Macon, GA- George B. Culpepper, III, retired Superior Court Judge, died Saturday morning, November 29, 2014. Judge Culpepper was born on December 26, 1920 in Fort Valley, Georgia. He attended Fort Valley High School and Mars Hill College and graduated from the Mercer University School of Law in the class of 1943. While at Mercer he served as president of the student body and was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was the son of the late George B. Culpepper, Jr. and Mary Adams Culpepper of Fort Valley. Judge Culpepper was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Lillian Culpepper Harris.
On the same day that he completed law school he enlisted in the United States Navy. He later attended Officer Candidate School at Columbia University and served as a Navy Lieutenant during World War II. He served primarily in the South Pacific during the war. He remained in the United States Navy Reserve following the war and later retired as a Lieutenant Commander.
While at Mercer he met his wife, Alice Wright. They were married on October 23, 1943 and celebrated their 71st anniversary this year.
Following the war, he joined his father, George B. Culpepper, Jr. in the practice of law in Fort Valley. He practiced law twenty years before being appointed to the office of Judge of Superior Court, Macon Judicial Circuit in 1967. He served as an active Superior Court Judge until becoming Senior Judge on January 1, 1983. During his service as Senior Superior Court Judge he held court in many counties in the State of Georgia.
He was a lifelong member of Fort Valley United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and served on almost every committee and board over the years.
He was a former member of the Exchange Club of Macon, and the Fort Valley, and Golden K Kiwanis Clubs.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Wright Culpepper; four children, Bryant Culpepper and his wife, Donna of Fort Valley, Lewis C. Culpepper and his wife, Maelu of Albany, Rev. Wright Culpepper and his wife, Ann of St. Simons, and Michele Meyer and her husband, Reid of Newnan; twelve grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
Following retirement, he and his wife, Alice moved to Carlyle Place in Macon.
A Celebration of his Life will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday in the Fort Valley United Methodist Church. Burial will be private for family only in Oaklawn Cemetery in Fort Valley. Rev. Jim Hamlin, and Rev. Wright Culpepper will officiate. The family will greet friends from 4 until 6 PM Monday in "The Grande" of Carlyle Place.7 
Burial*2 Dec 2014 His body was interred on 2 Dec 2014 at Oaklawn Cemetery, Fort Valley, Peach Co., Georgia.7 

Family

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Citations

  1. HR 1031 (Georgia Assembly):
    A resolution designating a portion of U.S. Highway 341 as the "George B. Culpepper Highway"

    Effective 20 Apr 1998

    WHEREAS, the Rev. George Bright Culpepper, a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Taylor County, Georgia, in 1866. He married Lillian Sheppard and moved to Fort Valley in 1898, where they raised six children and he served as a pastor and a friend of the community until his death in 1948; and

    WHEREAS, George Bacon Culpepper was born in Fort Valley in 1899. George B. Culpepper, Jr., became a lawyer in 1924 and practiced law in Fort Valley until his death in 1972. George was active in local civic and political matters and was a wise and reasoned voice in community debates. He also served as an active layman and Sunday school teacher in the Fort Valley Methodist Church. George married Mary Elizabeth Adams and had two wonderful children, and he always made time for his family; and

    WHEREAS, George Brown Culpepper was born in Fort Valley in 1920. He also became a lawyer and served in the United States Navy during World War II, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander from the U.S. naval reserve. George practiced law with his father until 1967, when he was appointed to serve as a superior court judge in the Macon Judicial Circuit where he presided with intelligence, dignity, and restraint until his retirement in 1982. He is currently a widely respected senior judge of the superior courts of Georgia. George married Alice Wright in 1943 and had four lovely children; and

    WHEREAS, George Bryant Culpepper was born in Macon in 1947. Bryant attended Mercer Law School and continued the respected tradition of his family by practicing law until he was elected in 1982 to succeed his father, George B. Culpepper III as judge of the Superior Court of the Macon Judicial Circuit. Bryant also served four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1975 - 1982 where he was a valued colleague and will always be remembered fondly. Bryant has two wonderful daughters and is married to Donna Jones, and he continues to reside in Fort Valley where he is a committed member of the Fort Valley United Methodist Church; and

    WHEREAS, George B. Culpepper, Sr., George B. Culpepper, Jr., George B. Culpepper III and George B. Culpepper IV all have made remarkable contributions to this great state and particularly to their communities of Peach County and Fort Valley; and

    WHEREAS, it is only fitting and proper that the George B. Culpeppers be honored by so naming the portion of U.S. Highway 341 that runs between Fort Valley, Georgia, and Perry, Georgia.

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA that the portion of U.S. Highway 341 which travels south from the city limits of Fort Valley to the beginning of the Perry bypass is designated as the "George B. Culpepper Highway" in honor of the many contributions to our great state made by the Rev. George Bright Culpepper, George Bacon Culpepper, George Brown Culpepper, and George Bryant Culpepper.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Transportation is authorized and directed to erect and maintain appropriate signs so designating the highway.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to the Department of Transportation.
  2. Warren Grice and edited by E. Merton Coulter, Georgia Through Two Centuries, New York, NY: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1966.
    p 519; POB 'Murray House on the corner of College and Macon.'
  3. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 3, page 2A; Everette Square, Fort Valley, GA, Home=$3500, Radio=Y, Farm=N
    George B. Culpepper, Head, M, W, 30, M, md @ 19, GA, GA, GA, Attorney at law
    E. Mary Culpepper, Wife, F, W, 29, M, md @ 18, AL, AL, AL
    B. George Culpepper III, Son, M, W, 9, S, GA, GA, AL
    L. Mary Culpepper, Daughter, F, W, 5, S, GA, GA, AL
    George B. Culpepper, Father, M, W, 64, M, md @ 37[sic], GA, GA, GA, Preacher
    M. Lillian Culpepper, Mother, F, W, 58, M, md @ 22, GA, GA, GA.
  4. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/5426a.htm
    George B. Culpepper, d. 7 Oct 1972 at 72 years in Peach Co., GA; Res. in Peach Co., GA.
  5. 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
  6. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/5426a.htm
    Mary E. Culpepper, d. 19 Jan 1997 at 95 years in Macon Co., GA; Res. in Peach Co., GA.
  7. Obituary of George B. Culpepper III, published in The Telegraph on Nov. 30, 2014.