|Biography*|| ||Martha was known as "Annie" or "Miss Annie." Her brother, Dr. Charles L. Culpepper, Sr. referred to her in a 4 Jul 1978 letter as "Martha Ann" but her name in her obituary was "Martha Anne." Mrs. J. M. (Mary Hunt) Mills wrote 16 Jan 1979: Mother died suddenly, of a heart attack, on Nov. 11, 1978. She was 88 years old on May 19th, 1978. God gave her good health for these many years, and she was such a blessing to her family, friends and to the little rural church and community where she and Daddy lived. They had been married 61 yrs. last August 19th.... |
The following obituary appeared in the Kenedy Advance for Nov 1978: Services for Mrs. M. Hunt Mrs. Martha Anne Hunt of Choate passed away in the Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital on Saturday, November 11, 1978 at the age of 88 years, five months and 22 days. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Charles Woodward officiated and the burial was in the Choate Cemetery. Pall bearers were Thomas Baker, J. E. Baker, W. C. Hunt, Luther Hunt, Gene Rice and Glynn Frazier. Mrs. Hunt was born on May 19, 1890 at Sweet Home Texas the daughter of John T. J. and Mary C. Curington Culpepper Sr. She married Marshall Hunt in Floresville August 19, 1917. A housewife, she had lived in Choate since 1914 and was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband; Marshall Hunt of Choate; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Mills of Houston; two sons, Truett Hunt of Kenedy and David B. Hunt of Victoria; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Frank Bukoviny of Uvalde; and a brother, Dr. Charles L. Culpepper of San Antonio.
15 Nov 1988, Mary Beth Hunt Mills, Annie's daughter, wrote a short biography for Culpepper Heritage Association records: Martha Anne Culpepper was born on May 19, 1890 in Lavaca Co., Texas, near the rural community of Sweet Home, the settlement begun by her grandfather, Francis Gillespie Culpepper, and his family. Martha Anne was the fourth child born to John Thomas Jefferson Culpepper and his second wife, Mary Caroline Curington Culpepper. She was called "Annie." When Annie was 12, her father died. Soon after that her mother moved her family to a ranch in Wilson Co., Texas, which her husband had bought before his death. During one or more of her teenage years Annie stayed with her older half sister, Hattie, and her husband, Bob Key, who lived three miles from Floresville Texas, and rode horse back to Floresville to school. Later, Annie's mother sold the ranch and moved to Floresville, so that the younger children would be close to school. Annie attended San Marcos Baptist Academy when it opened its doors for the first time in San Marcos, Texas, in the fall of 1908. Later she attended the teacher training school in San Marcos, known then as San Marcos Normal School. That school is now the Southwest Texas State University. When Annie received her teacher's certificate she became known as "Miss Annie." She taught in rural schools in Wilson and Karnes Counties. On Sunday afternoon, August 19, 1917, "Miss Annie" was married to Robert Marshall Hunt, of the Choate Community in the south part of Karnes Co. The wedding was held in Annie's mother's home in Floresville. Marshall and his family traveled by train to Floresville from Kenedy, a distance of thirty miles, for the wedding. Marshall and Annie lived in the Choate Community, nine miles south of Kenedy, Texas. They had been married more than sixty-one years when Annie died on Nov. 11, 1978. They spent all those years near the place of Marshall's birth. Not far to the southwest of their home is a hill which Marshall said was known as Pilot Knob, the highest point in that area. It was used as a landmark during the early days of Texas in the time of the long cattle drives. Marshall and Annie worked hard throughout their lives and made a significant contribution to the life of the community through their participation in church, Choat Baptist, and school work.