|Biography*|| ||In a 26 Apr 1977 letter, Mrs. Eleanor Culpepper Willingham wrote "I went to the home of my aunt Carrie Lou Culpepper yesterday and copied g.g. father George W. Culpepper's Bible record. She is the widow of our father's brother, Wilbur, and he had the Bible used by George W. The record is very complete." The following appeared in the 23 Sep 1979 Bulletin of the Greenville Methodist Church, Greenville GA: "MISS" CARRIE LOU Today, we are honoring a very special lady. She is known to some as "T", to others as "Cud'n" Carrie Lou, and to the rest of us as "Miss" Carrie Lou. "Miss" Carrie Lou was born on May 24, 1888, about six miles West of Greenville near the thriving little community of Odessadale, Georgia. She was the fifth child of Thomas B. and Imogene Pitts Tigner. When "Miss" Carrie Lou was two years old, her mother died. Her father later married Miss Helen Owen of Waverly Hall, whom she grew to love very much. After attending grammar school and high school in Durand (then Stinson) and Woodbury, she attended LaGrange Female Academy, which is now LaGrange College. When "Miss" Carrie Lou was twenty years old, she became the bride of Mr. Wilbur C. Culpepper, a prominent and progressive young business man from Greenville. The wedding took place at 'Spring Hill', the country home of the bride's parents, on Wednesday afternoon, February 10, 1909. Mr. Wilbur brought his lovely bride home to Greenville, and for this we have much to be thankful. After transferring her membership from Old Trinity, "Miss" Carrle Lou and Mr. Wilbur served as faithful members of the Greenville United Methodist Church. No dinner on the ground was ever complete without Mr. Wilbur's careful provision. At the time of their marriage, Mr. Culpepper owned the General Merchandise Store. For some years, he was associated with the State Highway Department and later acted as Manager of the Greenville Warehouse and Oil Mill. Mr. Wilbur and "Miss" Carrie Lou had two sons, Louis Pitts and Wilbur Clay, Jr. Mr. Wilbur died in October, 1943. "Miss" Carrie Lou is well-known in Meriwether County. In years past, she worked for her father-in-law, Mr. S. F. Culpepper, when he was the Clerk of the Court. She also worked for the Extension Service, and for many years assisted Mrs. Estelle Perkerson in the Tax Commissioners Office. Always known for her gentle, loving nature, "Miss" Carrie Lou has touched the hearts of many people. With unfaltering faith in her personal Savior, Jesus Christ, she has gone about doing good and truly loving her fellow man. Her years have been filled with faithful service to the Church. At Ninety-one, unable to hear well or walk well, she still feels her place is in God's house on Sunday. There are many ways to witness, but example often proves the best. "Miss" Carrie Lou's steadfast faith and strong convictions throughout her life have given to many a deeper knowledge of true Christian love. May God continue to bless you, "Miss" Carrie Lou, for all those you have touched. |
The following funeral notice appeared on p. 11 of the Friday 24 May 1985 edition of The Meriwether Vindicator: CARRIE LOU TIGNER CULPEPPER Mrs. Carrie Lou Tigner Culpepper, age 96, Greenville, Ga. died May 19th at Alvista Care Home after a lengthy illness. Graveside services were held Tuesday, May 21st in Greenville Cemetery. Rev. Harold Lyda, pastor of Greenville United Methodist and Rev. Marion Shivers, a former pastor officiated. Pallbearers were: Render Hill, Pinson Hill, John Gaston, Ros Atkinson, Bud White and Pic Gantt. Mrs. Culpepper was a descendant of one of Meriwether County's pioneer families. She was the daughter of the late Thomas B. Tigner and Imogene Pitts. She worked for a short while in the Meriwether County Tax Commissioners office but most of her married years she was a housewife. She was a devoted member of Greenville United Methodist Church. She loved her fellowman and always remembered them with a phone call on their birthday or anniversary. She will be greatly missed by her church and her many friends, for she was a cornerstone of the community. She is survived by two sons, Mr. Pitts Culpepper and Mrs. Wilbur Clay "Wicky" Culpepper, Greenville; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Wade H. Gilbert Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.