John William Culpepper

Male, #20923, (4 Feb 1934 - 22 Dec 2013)
Father*William Louis Culpepper M.D. (27 Sep 1889 - 22 Nov 1978)
Mother*Elizabeth Gertrude Jones (12 Feb 1903 - 18 Jan 1983)
Birth*4 Feb 1934 John was born at Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, on 4 Feb 1934. 
Korean War*between 1953 and 1954 He served in the Korean War between 1953 and 1954
(US Army, Company A, 366 E.A.B., 417 Brigade, 931 Group.) 
Birth of Son2 Jul 1960 His son William Louis Culpepper II was born on 2 Jul 1960 at Carbondale, Jackson Co., Illinois
Death of Son28 Jun 1977 His son William Louis Culpepper II died on 28 Jun 1977 at Fairfax, Fairfax Co., Virginia
Death of Father22 Nov 1978 His father William Louis Culpepper M.D. died on 22 Nov 1978 at Athens, McMinn Co., Tennessee.1,2 
Death of Mother18 Jan 1983 His mother Elizabeth Gertrude Jones died on 18 Jan 1983 at Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana.1 
Photographed*Jun 1994 He was photographed in Jun 1994 at Wake Village, Bowie Co., Texas, at age 60
left to right: John William Culpepper, Virginia Charlotte (Culpepper) Branch, and Charles Thomas Culpepper.3
Culpepper siblings
Residence*1999 John resided at Lindside, Monroe Co., West Virginia, in 1999. 
Biography* The following bio was included in a 27 Apr 1993 John William Culpepper letter: After graduating from college, 1960, he taught school for two years then was appointed a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was an Agent for 23 years, serving in Birmingham, Alabama, Miami, Florida, Philadelphia, Pa, (as an agent and later as a Squad Supervisor) Washington, D.C. (as a Hdqs Supervisor) and Beckley, West Virginia as a resident agent. He served in the Army for 2 years, 1953 to 1955, one year, 1954, in Company A, 366 E.A.B., 417 Brigade, 931 Group, Korea.
     In a 17 Aug 1993 letter, John William provided additional information about himself: I taught school for 2 years after graduating from Southern Illinois University in 1960 and then applied for the position Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I received an appointment and entered on duty 6 August 1962 at the Justice Department in Washington D. C. After training school I was assigned to the Birmingham Division and arrived there in November 1962. I served 14 months in the Birmingham Division involved in various criminal investigative matters. There were 14 Bombings of a racial nature during that time. On one occasion an older agent and I were on night surveillance when a bomb went off at a home we had just passed a matter of a minute or two before. The debris was still coming down when we pulled up in front of the home. The situation became rather tense the rest of that night. After Birmingham I was assigned to Miami where I worked jewel thefts for two years. I was then transferred to Philadelphia in January 1966 and worked bank robberies for 6 years and in November 1972 I was promoted to Supervisor of the fugitive squad. The squad handled fugitive matters, kidnapping, extortions, air craft hijacking and other criminal violations. In July or August of 1975 I was transferred to Bureau Hdqs [Headquarters] in Washington, D.C. where I worked as a Hdq Supervisor handling various criminal violations. I requested to return to the field in May 1984, where I worked as a resident agent in West Virginia until I retired in November 1985. During my Bureau career I received 13 personal letters of commendation from the Director. I worked 6.6 years starting in January 1985 for the Department of Defense as an investigator. The following is from the Meriwether Free Press for 3 Aug 1993: Nine Generations Represented At Culpepper Family Reunion Nine generations of the Culpepper family met on Saturday, July 24, for a reunion at the Community Center in Lone Oak. The descendants of John William Culpepper and Nancy Gillespie Culpepper have had roots in Meriwether County since the 1830's George Washington Culpepper, son of John and Nancy, had eleven children, who lived in several communities in Meriwether County. The homeplace is about two miles from Lone Oak and although the original house is gone, the house he built during the Civil War is in good condition and is the current home of Mrs. Lydia Culpepper Yeargan. Roll call was made and members from each family identified themselves. A five month-old baby boy from Pensacola, Florida, represented the eighth generation. His ancestry was traced through George Washington Culpepper. Andrew Reed Gambrell of Talledega, Alabama, represented the ninth generation. His ancestry was traced through William Henry Culpepper, brother of George Washington Culpepper. The Culpepper family is well-known as one of the pioneer families of Meriwether County. They have played a great part in the political life of Meriwether County and Georgia. The late Nathan F. Culpepper, attorney, of Greenville, served a number of years in the Senate. The late James Wesley Culpepper, attorney, of Fayetteville, served in the House of Representatives. Several members of the family have served as county officers. Approximately one hundred people were present at this reunion. Barbecue and all the fixings were served by Johnny Brown's of Hogansville. A special welcome was made to John and Phyllis Culpepper of Greenville, West Virginia, who inspired the reunion. 
DNA*20 Apr 2007 John has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Joseph Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC, who is a son of Robert Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, the son of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA.
(Kit# 89253.)4 
Death*22 Dec 2013 He died on 22 Dec 2013 at age 79.1 


Phyllis Martha Strotheide
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited21 Dec 2014


  1. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  2. E-mail written 8 Dec 2007 to Warren Culpepper from Phyllis Strotheide Culpepper (#20924), e-mail address.
  3. E-mail written 2008 & back to Culpepper Connections from John William Culpepper (#20923), West Virginia, e-mail address.
  4. Culpepper Project at,[:WEB].