Richard Lee Culpepper

Male, #26684, (30 Oct 1919 - 6 Sep 2001)
Father*Riley Lee Culpepper (31 Mar 1897 - 27 Sep 1943)
Mother*Ruth Brown (28 Jun 1898 - 25 Mar 1988)
Birth*30 Oct 1919 Richard was born at Manchester, Meriwether Co., Georgia, on 30 Oct 1919.1 
Census1 Jan 1920 He listed as son(s) in the census report at Manchester, Meriwether Co., Georgia, on 1 Jan 1920.2 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 Richard was listed as a son in Riley Lee Culpepper's household on the 1930 Census at Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia.3 
World War II*between 1941 and 1946 He served in World War II between 1941 and 1946
(Major in the US Army.)4 
Death of Father27 Sep 1943 His father Riley Lee Culpepper died on 27 Sep 1943 at Sumter Co., Georgia.5,6 
Death of Mother25 Mar 1988 His mother Ruth Brown died on 25 Mar 1988.6 
Death*6 Sep 2001 He died at Hixson, Hamilton Co., Tennessee, on 6 Sep 2001 at age 81.1 
Burial*10 Sep 2001 His body was interred on 10 Sep 2001 at Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., Tennessee.4 
Biography* Obituary:
Richard Lee Culpepper, 81, of Chattanooga died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, in a local hospital.
     He was a native of Savannah, Ga., graduating from Georgia Tech with a mechanical engineering degree in 1941. Dick worked for Combustion Engineering Co. from 1946 to 1982 and served as a major in the U.S. Army's Aviation Ordinance Group from 1942 to 1946. He was a charter member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, a registered professional engineer, past president of the Chattanooga Engineers Club and a lifelong member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, Riley Culpepper and Ruth Brown Culpepper; and his sisters, Winifred Culpepper and Ruth Culpepper George, all of Atlanta.
     He is survived by his wife, Ann Toehl Culpepper; son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Sue Culpepper, Chattanooga; daughter, Beth Brown, Kansas City, Mo; grandchildren, Angie Culpepper and Chris Culpepper, Chattanooga.
     A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Clifford Herd officiating. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home on Moore Road.7 


Elizabeth Ann Toehl
ChartsOrphan / John J. Culpepper of Jackson Co., FL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited18 Oct 2008


  1. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  2. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 92, Page 6A, Lines 36-39, Fourth Street, Manchester, Meriwether Co., GA
    Riley Culpepper, Head, M, 23, md, GA/GA/GA, RR Flagman
    Ruth Culpepper, Wife, F, 21, md, GA/GA/GA
    Ruth Culpepper, Daughter, F, 2, sng, GA/GA/GA
    Richard Culpepper, Son, M, 2 mo, sng, GA/GA/GA
    Lucile Hadley, Servant, F, W, 14, sng, GA/GA/GA, Servant.
  3. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 17, page 5A, 217 Waldburg Street, Savannah, Chatham Co., GA
    Rent=$32, Radio=N, Farm=N (Riley Lee Culpepper, ID: 30423)
    Riley L. Culpepper, Head, M, 32, M, md @ 20, GA/GA/GA, RR Switchman
    Ruth B. Culpepper, Wife, F, 31, M, md @ 18, GA/GA/GA
    Ruth B. Culpepper, Dau, F, 12, S, AL/GA/GA
    Richard L. Culpepper, Son, M, 10, S, GA/GA/GA.
  4. National Cemetery Administration, compiler, US Veterans Gravesites, 1775-2006, Online database at, 2006.
    Richard Lee Culpepper, 30 Oct 1919 - 6 Sep 2001, Served 4 Aug 1941 to 3 Jan 1946 as Major in the US Army, Interred 10 Sep 2001 in Chattanooga National Cemetery, Section DD-2, Site 182.
  5. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at, 1998.
    Riley L. Culpepper, d. 27 Sep 1943 at 46 years in Sumter Co., GA.
  6. Priscilla Turner, compiler, Meriwether Co., GA Cemeteries, Spartanburg, SC: , 1993, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Book: 975.8455 V39.
    Manchester City Cemetery, Manchester, Meriwether Co., GA
    + Riley L. Culpepper, 31 Mar 1897 – 27 Sep 1943
    + Ruth Brown Culpepper, 28 Jun 1898 – 25 Mar 1988.
  7. Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., Tennessee.
    Obituary for Richard Lee Culpepper, published 7 Sep 2001.