Robert Earl Culpepper

Male, #35387, (14 Apr 1895 - 28 Sep 1964)
Father*William Jehew Culpepper (15 Oct 1857 - 12 Aug 1929)
Mother*Emily Julia Ann Josephine East (27 Jan 1858 - 14 Jul 1918)
Birth*14 Apr 1895 Robert was born at Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, on 14 Apr 1895.1,2 
1900 Census1 Jun 1900 Francis, George, Robert, Carl and John was listed as a son in William Jehew Culpepper's household on the 1900 Census at Hopkins Co., Texas.3 
Marriage*20 Sep 1914 He married Ruth Johnson at Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, on 20 Sep 1914 at age 19.4
Robert Earl & Ruth (Johnson) Culpepper
Employment* Robert's occupation: U.S. Postal Service at Texas
WWI Draft Reg*5 Jun 1917 He registered for the WW-I draft on 5 Jun 1917 at Hopkins Co., Texas.2 
Death of Mother14 Jul 1918 His mother Emily Julia Ann Josephine East died on 14 Jul 1918 at Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas.4 
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 Robert was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Limestone Co., Texas.5 
Birth of Son27 Oct 1925 His son Frederick Earl Culpepper was born on 27 Oct 1925 at Groesbeck, Limestone Co., Texas.6 
Death of Father12 Aug 1929 His father William Jehew Culpepper died on 12 Aug 1929 at Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 Robert was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Limestone Co., Texas.7 
Photographedcirca 1940 He appeared as a brother in a family photograph circa 1940 at Hopkins Co., Texas,
Left to right: Frank, Will, Earl, Tessie, Clara, Glant, and Julia.4
William Jehew Culpepper children
Death*28 Sep 1964 He died at Richmond, Fort Bend Co., Texas, on 28 Sep 1964 at age 69.1,8 
Burial*circa 30 Sep 1964 His body was interred circa 30 Sep 1964 at Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Fort Bend Co., Texas.1 
Biography* Robert Earl was the first child of William Jehu and Josephine East to be born in Hopkins County, Texas after their move from Arkansas. He married Ruth Johnson in 1914. Her sister, Lois Johnson married Earl's brother Carl Culpepper. By early 1940's he was employed by the post office in Richmond Texas. His almost yearly vacation was to return to Hopkins County and visit all his siblings and relatives. He had an impressive base voice and his only son, Fred, had a beautiful tenor voice. Sometime during the vacation they always joined with Earl's sister, Tessie Reeves and her family to sing gospel songs around the piano. The trips also included a visit to a local fishing hole with Earl's brother Will Culpepper

Earl loved to sing and sang for many years in the St John's Methodist Church Choir.9 Two of his favorite songs were "Just a Closer Walk" and "In the Garden."9 He also loved to fish and play dominoes.9 A granddaughter, Mrs. R. D. (Ranelle Schultz) Krejci, wrote:10

He especially liked playing with his brother Will and once with his brother George. His son-in-law, Emmit, played most with him and kept a running joke about whose "down" it was.

Ranelle added:10

[Earl] went to Disneyland in 1957 with the Emmit Schultz family and really enjoyed it! Loved looking up "almost lost" relatives and old friends. Delayed the trip to Disneyland by looking them up in almost every town they went through.

His favorite sayings were: "You'll never know where you're going until you know where you've been" and "If you can't say something nice about someone don't say anything."9

Earl died in 1964 at the age of 69. 

Family

Ruth Johnson (18 Nov 1895 - 1 Feb 1988)
Marriage*20 Sep 1914 He married Ruth Johnson at Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, on 20 Sep 1914 at age 19.4
Robert Earl & Ruth (Johnson) Culpepper
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited17 Apr 2012

Citations

  1. Tombstone.
    Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Fort Bend Co., TX:
    Robert Earl Culpepper, 14 Apr 1895 – 28 Sep 1964.
  2. 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
    Robert Earl Culpepper, Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, age 22, born 14 Apr 1895 in Como, Texas, Farmer for self at Como, Texas, Wife and 7 month old girl are dependent, Married, Caucasian, No military experience, Medium height, Slender build, Gray eyes, Brown hair, Not bald, No disabilities. Registered 5 Jun 1917 at Hopkins Co., Texas.
  3. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 51, Sheet 2A, Pg 109A, Pct 2, Gen.com Img 2, Hopkins Co., TX
    W. J. Culpepper, Head, M, Oct-1857, 42, md-25 yrs, AL GA MS, Farmer
    Emily Josephine Culpepper, Wife, F, Jan-1858, 42, md-25 yrs, Ch 16/13, AL AL AL
    William Culpepper, Son, M, Jan-1879, 21, S, AL AL AL, Farm Laborer
    Julia E. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Dec-1880, 19, S, AL AL AL
    Dee M. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Nov-1881, 18, S, AL AL AL
    Clara Culpepper, Daughter, F, Mar-1883, 17, S, AL AL AL
    Carrie Culpepper, Daughter, F, Mar-1883, 17, S, AL AL AL
    Frank Culpepper, Son, M, Sep-1884, 15, S, AL AL AL, Farm Laborer
    Mary G. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Nov-1887, 12, S, AL AL AL
    George F. Culpepper, Son, M, Apr-1890, 10, S, AL AL AL, Farm Laborer
    Irl Culpepper, Son, M, Apr-1896, 4, S, TX AL AL
    Nannie Culpepper, Daughter, F, Jun-1898, 1, S, TX AL AL
    Carl Culpepper, Son, M, Feb-1899, 1, S, TX AL AL.
  4. E-mail written numerous messages over 30+ years to Lew Griffin from Tommie Sue Reeves Smith (#23162), 942 Clarice, Grand Prairie, TX 75051, e-mail address.
  5. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 81, Sheet 2A, Pg 36, Pct 1, Hornhill & Mexia Rd., Limestone Co., TX
    Rent=Y, Farm=Y
    R. E. Culpepper, Head, M, 24, M, TX AL AL, Farmer
    Ruth Culpepper, Wife, F, 24, M, TX TX TX
    Dorris Culpepper, Dau, F, 3 2/12, S, TX TX TX
    Iris Culpepper, Dau, F, 7 7/12, TX TX TX.
  6. 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
  7. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 9, Sheet 11b, Pg 141, Pct. 3, Lost Prairie Rd., Limestone Co., TX
    Rent=Y, Radio=N, Farm=Y, Military=WW
    Earl Culpepper, Head, M, 35, M, md@19, TX TX TX, Farming
    Ruth Culpepper, Wife, F, 35, M, md@19, TX TX TX
    Dora Culpepper, Dau, F, 13, S, TX TX TX
    Iris Culpepper, Dau, F, 11, S, TX TX TX
    Rachele Culpepper, Dau, F, 8, S, TX TX TX
    Hazel Culpepper, Dau, F, 6, S, TX TX TX
    Red Culpepper, Son, M, 4, S, TX TX TX
    Maurine Culpepper, Dau, F, 6/12, S, TX TX TX.
  8. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2006.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4876
    Robert Earl Culpepper, Male, Single, died 28 Sep 1964 in Fort Bend Co., TX.
  9. Mrs. R. D. (Ranelle Schultz) Krejci 20 Mar 1994 family history
  10. 193 Mar 1994 family history
  11. Texas Department of State Health Services, compiler, Texas Birth Index, 1903 - 1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8781&ti=0
    Mary Maurine Culpepper, Female, born __ 1929 in Limestone Co., Texas, child of Robert Earl Culpepper and Ruth Johnson.
  12. Texas Department of State Health Services, compiler, Texas Birth Index, 1903 - 1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8781&ti=0
    Elone Culpepper, Female, born __ 1932 in Limestone Co., TX to Robert E Culpepper and Ruth Johnson.