James Oliver Culpepper

Male, #35074, (14 Apr 1904 - 5 Nov 1938)
Father*Charles Smith Culpepper (23 Oct 1871 - 20 May 1941)
Mother*Evelyn Landrum (15 Oct 1880 - 22 Jun 1961)
Nickname  James Oliver Culpepper also went by the name of Slim.1 
Birth*14 Apr 1904 James was born at Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., Georgia, on 14 Apr 1904.2 
1910 Census15 Apr 1910 James was listed as a son in Charles Smith Culpepper's household on the 1910 Census at Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., Georgia.3 
Photographed*circa 1912 He was photographed circa 1912 at Meriwether Co., Georgia.4
Virginia Grace & James Oliver Culpepper
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 James was listed as a lodger on the 1920 Census at Fort Sam Houston, Bexar Co., Texas.5 
Marriage*1928 He married Louise Tisdale at Georgia in 1928. 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 James was listed as a son-in-law in Archie Wilbur Tisdale's household on the 1930 Census at Milledgeville, Baldwin Co., Georgia.6 
Death*5 Nov 1938 He died at Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia, on 5 Nov 1938 at age 34.7,2 
Burial*circa 7 Nov 1938 His body was interred circa 7 Nov 1938 at Allen-Lee Cemetery, Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., Georgia.8,2 
Biography* Known as Slim, he was quite a character and ran away and joined the Navy at age 16.
     At some point, he apparently learned how to fly, and he became a daredevil pilot and was notorious for his stunt flying. He would dive on churches interrupting prayer meetings, buzz outdoor events and fly between the buildings of the women's college in Milledgeville, GA.
     In 1928, Slim married Louise Tisdale, daughter of A. W. Tisdale, who gave them a Waco airplane as a wedding present. Louise and Slim had met when Slim was hired to pilot a plane for Mr. Tisdale. After Slim and Louise married, he taught her how to fly and wing walk and they became part of a flying circus. The planes that they flew in were often literally held together with baling wire and would leak both oil and gas. Once, while Louise was wing walking, the plane's motor died covering the wing she was on with oil but as she lost her footing she was able to grab a guy wire and hold on even though her hand was cut to the bone.
     Slim survived encounters with 400,000 volt power lines, collapsed landing gear and the loss of the tail of a plane he was flying. In 1938, he was pulled out of his last plane crash and hospitalized in Newnan. He was subsequently taken to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta where he died at age 34.1 


Louise Tisdale (12 Jun 1912 - 29 Jun 1989)
Marriage*1928 He married Louise Tisdale at Georgia in 1928. 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited28 Feb 2010


  1. Correspondence from Eleanor Herring Culpepper (Mrs. Albert Marvin Willingham), Grantville, GA, to Lew Griffin, 1976-2004.
  2. 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.
    Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery, near Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., GA
    + James O. Culpepper, 14 Apr 1904 – 5 Nov 1938.
  3. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 89, Page 5A-B, Lines 49-52, Mountville Rd, Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., GA
    Charles S. Culpepper, Head, M, 38, md1-7 yrs, GA/GA/GA, Farmer
    Evie Culpepper, Wife, F, 29, md1-7 yrs, ch 2/2, GA/GA/GA
    James Culpepper, Son, M, 6, Sng, GA/GA/GA
    Virginia Culpepper, Daughter, F, 3, Sng, GA/GA/GA.
  4. Correspondence from Eleanor Herring Culpepper (Mrs. Albert Marvin Willingham), Grantville, GA, to Lew Griffin, 1976-2004.
    and George Edward Goggins Jr.
  5. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 77, Sheet 36A, Pg 221, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX
    Army Post, Medical Detachment, Base Hospital
    James O. Culpepper, M, 18, S, GA GA GA, Soldier, US Army.
  6. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 6, page 11A, 700 Wall Street, Milledgeville, Baldwin Co., GA
    Home=$4000, Radio=N, Farm=N
    Arnie W. Tisdale, Head, M, 55, M, md @29, VA/VA/VA, Agent for Standard Oil
    Carrie Tisdale, Wife, F, 45, M, md @19, GA/Scotland/TN
    + 7 other Tisdale & Whatley family members
    James O. Culpepper, Son-in-law, M, 25, M, md @23, GA/GA/GA, Airplane Pilot
    Louise Culpepper, Daughter, F, 17, M, md @15, GA/VA/GA
    Charleene Culpepper, Granddaughter, F, 4/12, S, GA/GA/GA.
  7. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    James O. Culpepper, d. 5 Nov 1938 in Fulton Co., GA.
  8. Eleanor Herring Culpepper, History of Allen-Lee Memorial Methodist Church, LaGrange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 50.