Wilbur Clay Culpepper Jr.

Male, #35112, (7 May 1924 - 6 Nov 1993)
Father*Wilbur Clay Culpepper (2 Aug 1876 - 19 Oct 1943)
Mother*Carrie Lou Tigner (24 May 1888 - 19 May 1985)
Birth*7 May 1924 Wilbur was born at Greenville, Meriwether Co., Georgia, on 7 May 1924.1 
Employment* Wilbur's occupation: postman. 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 Lewis and Wilbur was listed as a son in Wilbur Clay Culpepper's household on the 1930 Census at Greenville, Meriwether Co., Georgia.2 
World War II*between 1943 and 1945 He served in World War II between 1943 and 1945
(US Navy. On the Destroyer USS Forrester at the Normandy Invasion.) 
Death of Father19 Oct 1943 His father Wilbur Clay Culpepper died on 19 Oct 1943 at Greenville, Meriwether Co., Georgia.3,4 
Marriage*16 Sep 1947 He married Alice Willene Taylor on 16 Sep 1947 at age 23. 
Death of Spouse19 May 1962 His wife Alice Willene Taylor died on 19 May 1962 at Douglas Co., Georgia.5,6 
Death of Mother19 May 1985 His mother Carrie Lou Tigner died on 19 May 1985 at Greenville, Meriwether Co., Georgia.7,1,4 
Residence*Nov 1993 Wilbur resided at Meriwether Co., Georgia, in Nov 1993.8 
Death*6 Nov 1993 He died at LaGrange, Troup Co., Georgia, on 6 Nov 1993 at age 69.8,1 
Burial*8 Nov 1993 His body was interred on 8 Nov 1993 at Greenville City Cemetery, Greenville, Meriwether Co., Georgia
Biography* In a letter dated 16 May 1997, Pitts Culpepper wrote: " Wilbur Clay Culpepper Jr. worked for Ford Motor Co. a number of years and was a rural mail carrier until his retirement after 28 years of service. He also served in the U. S. Navy during World War II and was serving on the Destroyer USS Forrester at the Normandy Invasion, 6 June 1944." "Wickie" was a rural mail carrier. He had lung cancer. He was living at LaGrange Street, Greenville, GA 30222 at the time of his death. The following funeral notice from the Atlanta Journal/Alanta Constitution was preserved by Mrs. Eleanor (Culpepper) Willingham: CULPEPPER Wilbur Clay Culpepper, Jr. of Greenville, Ga., born May 7, 1924 in Greenville, Ga. passed away Saturday, November 6, 1993 at West Ga. Medical Center in LaGrange Ga. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 8, 1993, 2 p.m. at Greenville United Methodist Church. Burial, Greenville City Cemetery. Mr. Culpepper was a retired Mail Carrier. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, WWII. He was a member of the Greenville United Methodist Church. Greenville Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Shriner. Survivors include wife, Carolyn Turner Culpepper, Greenville, Ga; two daughters, Elizabeth Gunn, Douglasville, Ga., Clay Culpepper, Carrollton, Ga; one brother, L.P. Culpepper, Greenville, Ga; two grandsons. Smith-Steele-Meadows Funeral Homes, Inc. Mrs. (Culpepper) also preserved the following funeral meditation: FUNERAL MEDITATION: WICKY CULPEPPER Scripture: John 14:28 (NRSV) Greenville: November 8, 1993 Vs. 28: "You heard me say to you, 'I am going away and I am Coming to you'." For our meditation today, I would like for us to think not about the losses that occur in the death of a loved one or friend, but in some of that which they leave behind. These thoughts are made possible because of our belief in the resurrection as described in our scripture lessons today. Wicky believed this and because of that, we can find peace in the promise that we will see him again, according to the promises of our Lord. I believe that Wicky leaves a rich legacy for us. Please let me suggest some of them. I. He leaves rich friendships. Your presence here is a tribute to your love and friendship for Wicky. I enjoyed a warm feeling of friendship with him. I think that there are many reasons for this. We had several things in common. As military veterans, we would swap war stories often. I enjoyed this recounting some of his experiences in the Navy during WW II. We were both in the American Legion and Lions Club together. Wicky did not like long meetings or long sermons. Neither do I. He would encourage me about my preaching. I am convinced that one of the key factors in his liking of my sermons is that they are usually brief. I get the impression that he knew nearly everyone in the county from his work with the post office or just from the fact that Meriwether County was home for most of his life. He was always eager to help whether in his service as a Committed layperson in our church, or with individuals who were in need. I am proud to call him my friend. He leaves us a rich legacy of friendship. II. He leaves a rich legacy of love for his family. He would literally beam when he spoke of Elizabeth and Clay and the grandchildren. He and Sister shared a special bond that will always mean much to me. They did everything together as partners and were inseparable. He spoke of his parents and how they taught him what is right and just in life. Of all of the manifestations of family love that were a part of his life, I am deeply moved by the bond between him and Pitts. Until my mother's dying day, she was always concerned that her three sons, of whom I am the eldest, would always be close in their friendships and loyalties to each other. We have not lived near each other very much for many years, but I enjoyed some of the times of feeling close to my siblings in our relationships. It was a thing of beauty to me, to see the care and concern that Wicky and Pltts shared for each other and their families. He leaves a rich legacy of love for his family. III. He leaves a rich legacy of love for and devotion to his church and Community. Wicky was eager to work in support of our programs and activities here at Greenville United Methodist Church. One good example is the time that he single-handedly trimmed the shrubbery here at the church. He was active in his Sunday School Class, and the United Methodist Men. He was an active member of the American Legion, Lions Club, and the Masons, having held leadership positions in these Community and church activities. He supported his pastors. I was always affirmed and encouraged by his support and loyalty. My predecessors enjoyed similar support and loyalty. He did much to Contribute to the welfare of our Community and church. IV. He leaves a beautiful legacy of faith in our Lord. I shall always be moved by the memories of his peace and assurance that God is in control and is with us even in the worst times of suffering. There was much suffering in these past weeks and days. He fought to defeat this cancer. I recall when first given a pessimistic prognosis, he said, "watt a minute, I'm not dead yet!" That, to me is "just like Wicky". As his health deteriorated, it seems to me that his faith and trust grew. We would have prayer after a visit. His attitude was one of great Christian assurance. He often would say that he was ready to go. During the past few weeks, he was ready, even eager to have an end to the suffering and to be at peace in our Heavenly Father's House. I only pray that when my time comes to depart this life, that I have this faith and assurance. He leaves a great legacy of faith which brings us to the message of our scripture. Our hearts should not be troubled, for indeed we believe God's Word. He has received the crown of eternal life through Christ our Lord. May some of this which he leaves with us sustain us until the reunion day of the resurrection. Let us pray. Padgett Nelson. 

Family 1

Alice Willene Taylor (16 Sep 1928 - 19 May 1962)
Marriage*16 Sep 1947 He married Alice Willene Taylor on 16 Sep 1947 at age 23. 
Children

Family 2

Carolyn Turner
Child
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited18 Oct 2008

Citations

  1. 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
  2. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 2, Page 1A, Talbotton Street, Meriwether Co., GA
    Home=$3500, Radio=N, Farm=N
    Wilbur C. Culpepper, Head, M, 52, M, md @ 31, GA/GA/GA, Bookkeeper/Highway Dept
    Carrie L. Culpepper, Wife, F, 35, M, md @ 16, GA/GA/AL
    Lewis P. Culpepper, Son, M, 11, S, GA/GA/GA
    Wilbur C. Culpepper, Son, M, 5, S, GA/GA/GA
    Helen D. Tigner, Mother-in-law, F, 62, wid, md @ 26, GA/GA/GA
    Mary Tigner, Sister-in-law, F, 52, S, GA/GA/GA, Governess
    Lizzie Tigner, Sister-in-law, F, 38, S, GA/GA/GA.
  3. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/5426a.htm
    W. C. Culpepper, d. 19 Oct 1943 at 67 years in Meriwether Co., GA.
  4. 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.
    Greenville City Cemetery, Greenville, Meriwether Co., GA
    + Wilbur Clay Culpepper, 2 Aug 1876 – 19 Oct 1943
    + Carrie Lou Tigner Culpepper, 24 May 1888 – 19 May 1985.
  5. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/5426a.htm
    Willene T. Culpepper, d. 19 May 1962 at 33 years in Douglas Co., GA; Res. in Douglas Co., GA, 13471.
  6. Died Greenville, Meriwether Co., GA, per Pitts Culpepper letter: 16 May 1997.
  7. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/5426a.htm
    Carrie L. Culpepper, d. 19 May 1985 at 96 years in Meriwether Co., GA; Res. in Meriwether Co., GA.
  8. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/5426a.htm
    Wilbur C. Culpepper, d. 6 Nov 1993 at 69 years in Troup Co., GA; Res. in Meriwether Co., GA.