Harry James Culpepper

Male, #23485, (18 Nov 1946 - 3 Jan 2006)
Harry J. Culpepper
Father*Versil Hugo Culpepper (12 Jul 1926 - 6 Aug 1992)
Mother*Frances Elizabeth Brown (8 Aug 1928 - 2 May 1997)
Birth*18 Nov 1946 Harry was born at Jefferson Co., Arkansas, on 18 Nov 1946.1,2,3 
SSN*1962 His Social Security Number was issued in 1962 in Texas.3 
Relocation*circa 1987 He relocated circa 1987 at Sheridan, Grant Co., Arkansas
Death of Father6 Aug 1992 His father Versil Hugo Culpepper died on 6 Aug 1992 at Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas.4 
Death of Mother2 May 1997 His mother Frances Elizabeth Brown died on 2 May 1997 at Sheridan, Grant Co., Arkansas.3 
Death*3 Jan 2006 He died at Sheridan, Grant Co., Arkansas, on 3 Jan 2006 at age 59.2,3 
Burial*8 Jan 2006 His body was interred on 8 Jan 2006 at Center Grove Cemetery, near, Sheridan, Grant Co., Arkansas.2 
Biography* Obituary:
Harry James Culpepper, 59, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2006, after a courageous and hard fought four-year battle against colon cancer.
     He was born November 18, 1946 in Fort Smith to Versel and Frances Culpepper. Prior to his diagnosis of cancer, he was an avid runner and participated each year in the Timberfest 5k in Sheridan. Harry's grade school and high school education was received in Pine Bluff, Houston, and Sheridan, and he graduated from Sheridan High School in 1965. He was in the army from 1967 to 1969 and served part of that time in Germany. He graduated from Henderson State in Arkadelphia. He worked in the mortgage loan business in Houston and El Paso, TX and then started his own home building business in El Paso. After returning to Arkansas, after his grandfather Harry Culpepper's death, Harry finished out his grandfather's term on the Quorum Court. He also worked for the Pine Bluff Arsenal and the Sheridan School District. He loved to work with and teach children in the classroom as a substitute teacher. He also was a Mason and a Gideon.
     He is preceded in death by both parents and by one step-granddaughter, Katie Rose McIlwain.
     Harry was blessed to have a loving and caring family which included his wife, Cheryl Sue Culpepper of the home; a precious daughter, Virginia Allen, of Springfield, MO; stepson, Scott McIllwain and wife A Theresa, and precious granddaughter, Sammie McIllwain, of Port Carbon, PA; brothers: Larry Culpepper and wife Ruth Ann of Sheridan, Donald Culpepper and wife Mollie of Sheridan, Kenneth Culpepper and wife Cindy of Tyler, Texas, Christopher Culpepper of Little Rock; half-brother Cody Culpepper of Houston, TX; and half-sister Laura Jane Owens and husband Mike of Katy, TX, and special nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews in both Sheridan and Texas.
     Harry loved his God; his family; his friends, including special friends, Dan and Pam Freeman and their daughters; his garden, especially his muscadines; all birds which came to his feeders, and especially the hummingbirds. Harry also loved to travel and in June of this year, in spite of problems he was having with the cancer, because they had not seen where he lived in El Paso and had not been to the Grand Canyon, he wanted to be the one to show it to them, he took his wife, his granddaughter and her parents on a driving trip to the Grand Canyon via El Paso, Old Mexico, Carlsbad, Sandia Peak, White Sands, etc. and returning through Oklahoma and Springfield, Mo., to visit his daughter Virginia.
     Visitation and the funeral service will both be Sunday, January 8, 2006, at the First Baptist Church in Sheridan, with burial in the Center Grove Cemetery. The visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the funeral service will immediately follow at 3:00 p.m. Harry loved this church family and has been a hardworking, involved member for many years. The family will be at home at 257 Grant 270040, Sheridan, Arkansas. A special thanks from the family to Dr. Larry Mendelsohn and his staff, Dr. John Brizzalaro and his staff, Dr. John Tedford and his staff, the Baptist Home Health and Hospice. Memorials may be made to the Gideons, the Sheridan First Baptist Church.2
Harry J. Culpepper

Family 1

Elvira (?)

Family 2

Gretchen H. (?)

Family 3

Cheryl Sue (?)
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited28 Jan 2007


  1. Capos Conley Culpepper II, A Collection of Culpeppers, Vol I, unpublished manuscript, 225 p., July 1993,
    p 97 'November 18, 19. '
  2. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, AR, http://www.ardemgaz.com/.
    Obituary of Harry J. Culpepper, published on 6 Jan 2006, page 7B (submitted by Chip Culpepper).
  3. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
  4. Capos Conley Culpepper II, A Collection of Culpeppers, Vol I, unpublished manuscript, 225 p., July 1993,
    p 94; location from Social Security Death Index.