Col. Burford Wallace Culpepper M.D., Ph.D.

Male, #35172, (29 Mar 1928 - 6 Dec 2007)
Father*James Wallace Culpepper (2 Apr 1902 - 20 Feb 1981)
Mother*Martha Elizabeth Burford (16 Nov 1907 - 12 Sep 1993)
DNA* Burford has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Joseph Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC, who is a son of Robert Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, the son of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA. 
Birth*29 Mar 1928 Burford was born on 29 Mar 1928.1 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 Burford was listed as a son in James Wallace Culpepper's household on the 1930 Census at Adamsville, Fulton Co., Georgia.2 
SSN*between 1936 and 1950 His Social Security Number was issued between 1936 and 1950 in Georgia.1 
Employment* Burford's occupation: physician. 
Birth of Son20 Nov 1959 His son Howard Wallace Culpepper was born on 20 Nov 1959. 
Residence Burford resided at Winder, Barrow Co., Georgia.3 
Residence*1980 Burford resided at Victoria, Victoria Co., Texas, in 1980. 
Death of Father20 Feb 1981 His father James Wallace Culpepper died on 20 Feb 1981 at Statesville, Iredell Co., North Carolina.4,1 
Death of Son7 Aug 1983 His son Howard Wallace Culpepper died on 7 Aug 1983 at El Paso Co., Texas.5 
Death of Mother12 Sep 1993 His mother Martha Elizabeth Burford died on 12 Sep 1993 at Statesville, Iredell Co., North Carolina.1,6 
Death*6 Dec 2007 He died at Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas, on 6 Dec 2007 at age 79.3,1 
Obituary*30 Apr 2008 Burford Wallace Culpepper, age 79, formerly of Winder, GA, passed away Dec. 6, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.3 
Biography* Burford was in the Air Force for several years, and was one of the first pilots to break the sound barrier. The following is from an unknown source: WINS DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS -- At a day long spectacular on Armed Forces Day at Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Oscoda, Mich. Capt. Burford W. Culpepper received the D.F.C. medal -- one of the six highest of the Air Force -- for "personal courage, airmanship, and devotional to duty" on a history-making flight over a Nevada test site July, 1957. Captain Culpepper earned his reward by flying a "back-up" air craft supporting an F-89-J that launched an MB-I "Genie" missile -- the first air-to-air weapon equipped with a nuclear warhead. The captain's citation praised him for subjecting himself to "radiation blast effects" to help prove the "feasibility and practicability of safe fighter-inteceptor delivery of an air-to-air missile." Witnessing the Air Force honor bestowed on their son were Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Culpepper of Atlanta, Ga. who flew up for the event. The captain, who is the grandson of Mrs. Belle Culpepper of Cullman, was transfered on June 20th for a staff-flying assignment at Eastern Air Defense Force headquarters at Stewart A.F.B., New York.
     As Col. Burford W. Culpepper, M. D., he was Commanding Officer of the SAC Air Force Base in Omaha, NE. He retired from the Air Force and in 1977 was working as a doctor for Dupont. Mrs. Eleanor Culpepper Willingham wrote in a 6 Aug 1986 letter that Burford "is Chief Medical advisor for Dupont. He has an M.D. Degree and also Ph.D." 


Marie Perry
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart (#1)
John Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart (#2)
Last Edited7 Oct 2010


  1. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  2. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 151, page 5A, Bakers Ferry Road, Adamsville, Fulton Co., GA
    Rent=$35, Radio=N, Farm=N
    James W. Culpepper, Head, M, 28, M, md @ 24, AL/GA/AL, Wholesale Drug Salesman
    Martha B. Culpepper, Wife, F, 22, M, md @ 18, GA/GA/GA
    Burford W. Culpepper, Son, M, 2, S, GA/AL/GA
    Florence E. Culpepper, Dau, F, 6/12, S, AL/AL/GA.
  3. Gwinnett Daily Post, Lawrenceville, GA.
    Obituary of Burford Wallace Culpepper (#35172), published 30 Apr 2008.
  4. The Generations Network Inc., compiler, North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-1996, Online database at, 2005.
    James Wallace Culpepper, Male, White, Married, born 2 Apr 1902 in AL, died 20 Feb 1981 in Statesville, Iredell Co., NC, SSN: 340-03-3578, Burial out of state.
  5. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at, 2006.
    Howard Wallace Culpepper, Male, died 7 Aug 1983 in El Paso Co., TX.
  6. The Generations Network Inc., compiler, North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-1996, Online database at, 2005.
    Martha Elizabeth Burford Culpepper, Female, White, Widowed, born 16 Nov 1907, died 12 Sep 1993 in Statesville, Iredell Co., NC, SSN: 257-34-3581.