Lawson Comer Culpepper1

Male, #26895, (circa Feb 1918 - 21 Oct 2005)
Father*Alvin Comer Culpepper (12 May 1899 - 6 Jun 1980)
Mother*Bessie Lee Busby (29 Apr 1900 - 20 Jan 1980)
Name Variation He was also known as Buddy.2 
Birth*circa Feb 1918 Lawson was born at Jefferson Co., Alabama, circa Feb 1918.3 
1920 Census1 Jan 1920 Lawson was listed as a grandson in John Washington Culpepper's household on the 1920 Census at Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Alabama.3 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 Lawson was listed as a son in Alvin Comer Culpepper's household on the 1930 Census at Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia.4 
Residence*Apr 1941 Lawson resided at Alabama in Apr 1941.5 
World War II*between 1941 and 1945 He enlisted in Fort McClellan, Calhoun Co., Alabama, and served in World War II between 1941 and 1945
(Served as a paratrooper in the US Army, first in the South Pacific and later in Europe.)2,5 
Marriage*18 Sep 1943 He married Dorothy Williams at DeKalb Co., Georgia, on 18 Sep 1943.1 
Death of Mother20 Jan 1980 His mother Bessie Lee Busby died on 20 Jan 1980 at Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia.6,7 
Death of Father6 Jun 1980 His father Alvin Comer Culpepper died on 6 Jun 1980 at Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia.7,8 
Death*21 Oct 2005 He died at Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia, on 21 Oct 2005.2 
Obituary*22 Oct 2005 Mr. Lawson C. "Buddy" Culpepper died October 21, 2005.
     He grew up on Ivy Street in Atlanta and played football for Marist High School, graduating in 1939. In recent years, he attended the Marist High School Alumni annual Weekends with the "IVY STREET GANG". Buddy was a proud veteran serving in the army for five years during World War II., beginning in the South Pacific Theater in Australia and New Guinea. He soloed after six weeks of pilot training in New Braunsfels, TX, but "D" Day was launched and he was transferred into the 101st Airborne Division as a paratrooper. He spent his final service in the European Theatre in France, Belgium, Austria and Germany.
     Buddy was a longtime Atlanta area residential building contractor. As a charter member of the Clairmont Hills Baptist Church in the early 50's, he served as a Deacon and General Sunday School Secretary for over 35 years. Friends called him the "Mainstay". He bowled with many friends in leagues in Atlanta for over 50 years. Buddy played scratch golf in his younger days and won the senior division for many consecutive years in the National and Georgia Left-Handed Golfers Association. A Bass Master member, Buddy loved tournaments in the region.
     His greatest love was his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Williams Culpepper and his four daughters. He was preceded in death by his daughter Joyce Culpepper.
     He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Williams Culpepper; daughters, Mary Culpepper Harris of Atlanta, Susan Culpepper Phillips and son-in-law, John Phillips of LaGrange, GA, Grace Culpepper and son-in-law Bill Johnson of Fayetteville, AR; five grandsons, Thomas Lawson Harris, Christopher Scott Harris, John Williams Harris, David Michael Lynd, Daniel Robert Lynd; and six great grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be held Monday, October 24th, at 11 a.m. at Clairmont Hills Baptist Church, Rev. Fred Pitts and Rev. Larry Burgess officiating. Burial will follow in Decatur Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at A. S. Turner & Sons.2 
Burial*24 Oct 2005 His body was interred on 24 Oct 2005 at Decatur City Cemetery, Decatur, DeKalb Co., Georgia.2 


Dorothy Williams (22 Aug 1922 - 15 May 2008)
Marriage*18 Sep 1943 He married Dorothy Williams at DeKalb Co., Georgia, on 18 Sep 1943.1 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited16 Apr 2010


  1. Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, GA.
    Obituary of Dorothy Williams Culpepper (#53175), published 17 May 2008.
  2. Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, GA.
    Obituary for Lawson C. "Buddy" Culpepper, published 22 Oct 2005.
  3. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 41, Sheet 15B, Lines 83-88, 28 41st St., Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL (10 Jan 1920)
    John W. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 58, md, GA/GA/GA, Barber/Own Shop
    Georgia A. Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 58, md, AL/AL/AL
    Alvin C. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 20, md, AL/GA/AL, Mechanic/Automobile Shop
    Bessie L. Culpepper, Dau, F, Wh, 19, md, AL/AL/AL
    Lawson C. Culpepper, Grandson, M, Wh, 1 10/12, sng, AL/AL/AL
    Grady Moore, Boarder, M, Wh, 37, sng, AL/AL/AL, House Carpenter.
  4. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 89, page 13B, 319 Courtland Street, Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA
    Rent=$24, Radio=N, Farm=N (Alvin Comer Culpepper, ID: 34936)
    Alvin C. Culpepper, Head, M, 30, M, md @ 17, AL/AL/AL, Auto Mechanic
    Bessie Culpepper, Wife, F, 29, M, md @ 16, AL/AL/AL, Beauty Parlor Operator
    Lawson Culpepper, Son, M, 12, S, AL/AL/AL
    Evelyn Culpepper, Dau, F, 10, S, AL/AL/AL.
  5. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Online database at, 2005.
    Lawson C. Culpepper, born 1918, White, Native of Alabama; Resided in Alabama; Enlisted on 18 Apr 1941 in Alabama at Fort McClellan in the US Army as a Private; Education: 4 years of high school; Civil Occupation: Automobile Serviceman; Marital Status: Single, without dependents; Height: 66; Weight: 159.
  6. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at, 1998.
    Bessie L. Culpepper, d. 20 Jan 1980 at 79 years in Fulton Co., GA; Res. in Fulton Co., GA, 001435.
  7. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  8. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at, 1998.
    Alvin C. Culpepper, d. 6 Jun 1980 at 81 years in Fulton Co., GA; Res. in Fulton Co., GA, 018605.