Rayford Culpepper1,2

Male, #36022, (15 May 1920 - 2 Mar 2005)
Father*John Asberry Culpepper2 (5 Jun 1885 - 26 Oct 1929)
Mother*Fairy Grundy2 (28 Dec 1884 - 5 Apr 1968)
Birth*15 May 1920 Rayford was born at Grady, Curry Co., New Mexico, on 15 May 1920.2,3 
Death of Father26 Oct 1929 His father John Asberry Culpepper died on 26 Oct 1929 at Deaf Smith Co., Texas.4,5 
SSN*between 1936 and 1950 His Social Security Number was issued between 1936 and 1950 in California.3 
Marriage*15 May 1939 He married Alma Mae Capps at Clovis, Curry Co., New Mexico, on 15 May 1939 at age 19.6 
Residence*Aug 1944 Rayford resided at Roosevelt Co., New Mexico, in Aug 1944.7 
World War II*between 1944 and 1946 He served in U.S. Army between 1944 and 1946.8,2,7 
Death of Mother5 Apr 1968 His mother Fairy Grundy died on 5 Apr 1968 at Clovis, Curry Co., New Mexico.3 
Death*2 Mar 2005 He died at Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., Texas, on 2 Mar 2005 at age 84.9,3
Rayford Culpepper
Burial*5 Mar 2005 His body was interred on 5 Mar 2005 at Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., Texas.2 
Biography* Obituary:
     Rayford "Ray" Culpepper went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 2, 2005.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Saturday at Ridglea United Methodist Church. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: The family will receive visitors 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Baumgardner Funeral Home, Fort Worth.
     Born May 15, 1920, in Grady, N.M., Rayford was one of 13 children born to John and Fairy Culpepper. Ray lived an exemplary life and was honored by his church, loved by his family and friends, and will be missed by all who knew him. Ray served in the United States Army from August 1944 to January 1946. What a great husband, brother, daddy, granddaddy and great-granddaddy he was. A husband who loved and cared for Alma for 66 years. A brother to six brothers and six sisters. They all knew the Lord and many were waiting to welcome him into heaven. A daddy who provided for, cared for and loved four sons and one daughter. A granddaddy who loved to play ball and was always ready to help someone learn to ride a bike. Ray saw all of his grandkids graduate from high school and loved all of their children as much as he loved his own. The great-grandchildren loved getting hugs from "Paw Paw."
     The family wishes to express tremendous gratitude to all of the wonderful care-givers at Harris Methodist Southwest.
     Ray had been a member of Ridglea United Methodist Church since 1947. He served as head usher at the church for 37 years and also served as Sunday school superintendent for several years. Ray loved his church and demonstrated God's love and his love through his actions.
     Survivors: His loving wife, Alma; sons, Donald, Stanley and wife, Patty, Gary and wife, Carol, and Gene and wife, Jan; devoted daughter, Julie; grandchildren, Russell and wife, Lori, Michelle Shepherd and husband, Troy, Chris and wife, Angela, Alan and wife, Shayne, Doug and wife, Janet, Michael and wife, Erin, and Stephen. Ray is also survived by Janice Culpepper; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Clara Johnston, Edna Thompson and Teretha Chisum; brothers, Noel and Travis; and many nieces and nephews.
     Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Ridglea United Methodist Church, 6036 Locke Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76116.2 

Family

Alma Mae Capps (28 Nov 1920 - 20 Jan 2007)
Marriage*15 May 1939 He married Alma Mae Capps at Clovis, Curry Co., New Mexico, on 15 May 1939 at age 19.6 
Children
ChartsBenjamin (son of Joseph) Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC: Descendant Chart
Last Edited14 Jul 2010

Citations

  1. Hayes FTW file, Randall 'Randy' Hayes to Lew Griffin, 1999.
  2. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX.
    http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/
    Obituary of Rayford "Ray" Culpepper published 4 Mar 2005.
  3. 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
  4. E-mail written 2001-2011 to Culpepper Connections from Sharon Kern, Phoenix, AZ, e-mail address.
  5. 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
    J. A. Culpepper, Deaf Smith Co., Oct 26 1929, 49407.
  6. Star-Telegram, Dallas, Texas.
    http://www.dfw.com/
    Obituary of Alma Mae Capps Culpepper, #36023, published 22 Jan 2007.
  7. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8939
    Rayford Culpepper, White, Married, born 1920 in New Mexico, residing in Roosevelt Co., New Mexico, enlisted as a Private in the US Army on 15 Aug 1944 in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
  8. “Honor and Glory to Our Fighting Heros - Men and Women in the Armed Forces from Roosevelt County, NM (WWII)":
    Noel Culpepper, Rayford Culpepper, Travis Culpepper.
  9. E-mail written 1996-2007 to Lew Griffin & Warren Culpepper from Patsy Gay Culpepper Roberts (#6442), e-mail address.
  10. 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
    Lyndon Gene Culpepper, Male, born __ 1947 in Tarrant Co., Texas, child of Rayford Culpepper and Alma Mae Capps.
  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
    Julia Gaye Culpepper, Female, born __ 1950 in Tarrant Co., Texas, child of Rayford Culpepper and Alma May Capps.