Rufus Alva Culpepper M.D.

Male, #35058, (6 Dec 1887 - 23 Jun 1969)
Father*Thomas Joel Culpepper (5 Jun 1847 - 20 Sep 1920)
Mother*Issorah Lola Boyd (3 Dec 1851 - 9 Apr 1937)
Birth*6 Dec 1887 Rufus was born at Oakland, Meriwether Co., Georgia, on 6 Dec 1887.1 
Birth6 Dec 1888 He was born on 6 Dec 1888.2 
1900 Census1 Jun 1900 James, Thomas and Rufus was listed as a son in Thomas Joel Culpepper and Issorah Lola Culpepper's household on the 1900 Census at Livingston, Cullman Co., Alabama.3 
WWI Draft Reg*5 Jun 1917 He registered for the WW-I draft on 5 Jun 1917.1 
World War I*between 1917 and 1918 He served in World War I between 1917 and 1918.4 
1920 Census1 Jan 1920 Rufus was listed as a brother-in-law in Elizabeth Belle McAfee's household on the 1920 Census at Cullman, Cullman Co., Alabama.5 
Death of Father20 Sep 1920 His father Thomas Joel Culpepper died on 20 Sep 1920 at Cullman, Cullman Co., Alabama.6 
Photographed*say 1921 He was photographed say 1921 at Cullman, Cullman Co., Alabama,
Left to right: Rufus Alva Culpepper and John William Sterling. The Spitz dog in the middle probably belonged to John William Sterling, as he was said to have been fond of small dogs. John was a barber in Cullman. He married, but he and his wife had no children. John William Sterling was the great uncle of Robin Sterling, who kindly provided this photograph. John William Sterling was born around 1891, according to the 1920 census.7
Rufus Alva Culpepper and John William Sterling
Marriage*27 Jun 1923 He married Annie Catherine Arndt at Saint Louis, Saint Louis Co., Missouri, on 27 Jun 1923 at age 35. 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 Rufus was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Cullman, Cullman Co., Alabama.4 
Marriage*after 1930 He married Thelma Schafer at Cullman Co., Alabama, after 1930. Rufus and Thelma had no children.8 
Death of Mother9 Apr 1937 His mother Issorah Lola Boyd died on 9 Apr 1937 at Jefferson Co., Alabama.9,10 
SSN*1963 His Social Security Number was issued in 1963 in Alabama.2 
Death*23 Jun 1969 He died at Cullman, Cullman Co., Alabama, on 23 Jun 1969 at age 81.2 
Burial*25 Jun 1969 His body was interred on 25 Jun 1969 at Memory Gardens, Cullman Co., Alabama
Biography* The following if from pp. 271-272 of the History of Alabama
Rufus A. Culpepper, M. D. Since graduating from medical college Doctor Culpepper has practiced in Cullman County, most of the time at the City of Cullman. He has a record of service overseas during the World war, being a medical officer on the battle lines and with the Army of Occupation in Germany. Doctor Cullpepper [Culpepper] was born in Merriweather [Meriwether] County Georgia December 6, 1887. His father, Thomas J. Culpepper, was born in the same county, June 5, 1847, was reared and married there, and throughout his active career followed the vocation of farmer. In 1892 he moved to Cullman County, Alabama, and was one of the solid men of agriculture in that county until September 20, 1920. He was a democrat and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and served the last two years of the Civil War as a Confederate soldier. His wife, Lola Boyd, was born in Merriweather [Meriwether] County December 3, 1852, and now resides at Cullman. They had a family of seven children: James William was a physician and surgeon and died at Cullman at the age of thirty nine; Lena Mae, married Dr. William H. Price, a physician and surgeon, and both died at Cullman; Lillie is the wife of Clinton Tucker, of Sarasota, Florida; Doctor Rufus A; and Ellen is the wife of Homer Burch, an employee of Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railway Company at Fairfield, Alabama. Rufus A. Culpepper was five years of age when brought to Cullman County, grew up on his father's farm there and supplemented his training in public schools by attending the preparatory department of the University of Chattanooga at Athens, Tennessee. He took his first year in medicine at the Chattanooga Medical College, spent two years in the Birmingham Medical College and finished his course in the Chicago College of Medicine, being graduated with the M. D. degree in 1914. He is a member of the Phi Chi medical fraternity. Doctor Culpepper after graduating returned to Cullman County and for one year practiced at Crane Hill. Since then his home and offices have been in Cullman, and he has been granted a generous share of the professional practice in that community. His offices are in the People's Drug Store Building on First Avenue. Doctor Culpepper is a member of the Cullman County and Alabama Medical Associations, is a Fellow of the American Medical Association and was a volunteer for service in the Medical Corps during the World war. He was commissioned a first lieutenant March 1, 1918, was trained at Base Hospital at Camp Travis, Texas, and went overseas as a casual, landing at Brest August 11, 1918. As a member of the Tenth Field Artillery in the Third Division he was in the St. Mihiel and Meuse Argonne campaign and accompanied the Third Division of the Army of Occupation stationed at Mayhen, Germany. He remained overseas until August 10, 1919, when he sailed for home and received his honorable discharge at Camp Gordon, Atlanta, October 6, 1919.
After an absence of over a year he again resumed his professional work at Cullman. Doctor Culpepper is a democrat, is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and is affiliated with Cullman Fraternal Lodge No. 421, F. and A. M., Alabama Consistory of the Scottish Rite at Birmingham, and Zamora Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Birmingham. He is a member of the Cullman Kiwanis Club. He married at St. Louis, Missouri, June 27, 1923, Miss Annie Catherine Arndt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Arndt. Her father was a farmer, and died in Cullman County, and her mother still lives there. Mrs. Culpepper is a graduate nurse.
      The following funeral notice is from Cullman Tribune: 25 Jun 1969 Funeral Services Will Be Today Dr. Culpepper Dies At The Age of 81 Dr. Rufus Alva Culpepper, 81, a prominent Cullman, medical doctor, died in the Cullman Hospital, Monday, June 23, Dr. Culpepper was a native of Meriweather County, Georgia. He came with his parents to the Crane Hill Community at the age of five. Following his high school education, Dr. Culpepper attended the preparatory department of the University of Chattanooga. His first year of medicine was at Chattanooga Medical College. He then attended Birmingham Medical College for two years and graduated from Chicago College of Medicine in 1914. He then opened a office in Cullman. When, World War I broke out, Dr. Culpepper volunteered for service in the Medical Corps, where he was commissioned a first lieutenant in 1918. He was honorably discharged in Oct. 1919. He then returned to Cullman where he retired from practice due to ill health in March, 1969. Dr. Culpepper was a member of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity, was a mason, member of the Missionary Baptist Church, the Elks, American Legion, Kiwanis, Cullman County Medical Society and was on the staff at Cullman Hospital. Dr. Culpepper's funeral will be held today, June 25, 4 p.m., from Moss Service Funeral Home Chapel, with burial to follow in Memory Gardens, with Moss Service Funeral Home directing. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Velma Culpepper; three sisters, Mrs. Sallie Land, Mrs. Lillie Tucker and Mrs. Ellen Burch; and one brother, Tom P. Culpepper. 

Family 1

Annie Catherine Arndt (circa 1890 - )
Marriage*27 Jun 1923 He married Annie Catherine Arndt at Saint Louis, Saint Louis Co., Missouri, on 27 Jun 1923 at age 35. 

Family 2

Thelma Schafer (say 1890 - )
Marriage*after 1930 He married Thelma Schafer at Cullman Co., Alabama, after 1930. Rufus and Thelma had no children.8 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited13 Mar 2011

Citations

  1. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
    Rufus Alva Culpepper, 3rd St. E, Cullman, Cullman Co., Alabama, age 29, born 6 Dec 1887 in Oakland, Georgia; Works as a Physician/Surgeon in Cullman, Alabama; Single, Caucasian, Tall height, Medium build, Blue eyes, Light Brown hair, Not bald, No Disabilities. Registered 5 Jun 1917 in Cullman, Alabama.
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  3. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 56, Page 12A, Lines 10-17, Livingston, Cullman Co., AL (18 Jun 1900)
    Thomas J. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, Jun 1847, 52, md-26yrs, GA/SC/SC, Farmer
    Issorah L. Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, Dec 1851, 48, md-26yrs, ch 10/7, GA/GA/GA
    James W. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, Aug 1876, 23, sng, GA/GA/GA, Farm laborer
    Thomas P. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, Oct 1882, 17, sng, GA/GA/GA, Farm laborer
    Sallie J. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, Aug 1884, 15, sng, GA/GA/GA
    Lillie Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, Aug 1886, 13, sng, GA/GA/GA
    Rufus A. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, Dec 1888, 11, sng, GA/GA/GA
    Ferbia E. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, Jun 1891, 8, sng, GA/GA/GA.
  4. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 4, Page 17A, Lines 27-29, Cullman, Cullman Co., AL (21 Apr 1930)
    Home=$3000, Radio=Y, Farm=N,
    R. A. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 41, md@35, GA/GA/GA, WW-I Vet
    Annie Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 44, md@36, AL/GA/GA.
  5. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 42, Page 7A, Lines 6-9, 313 6th Ave E, Cullman, Cullman Co., AL (16 Jan 1920)
    E. B. Culpepper, Head, F, Wh, 36, wid, AL/VA/VA
    James W. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 17, sng, AL/US/US
    Neils V. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 15, sng, AL/US/US
    R. A. Culpepper, Brother-in-law, M, Wh, 33, sng, GA/US/US, Physician.
  6. State of Alabama Center for Health Statistics / Record Services Division, compiler, Alabama Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2011.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2453
    Thomas Joel Culpepper died 20 Sep 1920 in Cullman Co., Alabama.
  7. E-mail written Dec 2009 to Lew Griffin from Robin Sterling, e-mail address.
  8. Cullman County Heritage Book Committee, compiler, The Heritage of Cullman County, Alabama, Clanton, Alabama: Heritage Pub. Consultants, 1999, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 976.173 H2t.
    "The Schafer Family."
  9. Anna Cochran Gregath, compiler, Cullman County Churches and Cemeteries, Cullman, Alabama: Cullman County Commission, 198_, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 976.173 K2c.
    Vol 1, page 183:
    Cullman City Cemetery, Corner of 9th Street and West Main, Cullman, Cullman Co., Alabama.
    + Lola (Boyd) Culpepper, 3 Dec 1851 - 9 Apr 1937.
  10. State of Alabama Center for Health Statistics / Record Services Division, compiler, Alabama Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2011.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2453
    Kate R. Culpepper died Feb 1937 in Jefferson Co., Alabama.