Rev. Norman R. Culpepper1

Male, #36484, (11 May 1920 - 5 May 2015)
Father*Joe Ben Culpepper (7 Mar 1880 - 3 Mar 1967)
Mother*Bertha Jane Evans (27 Mar 1881 - 12 Aug 1958)
DNA* Norman has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Joseph E. Culpepper of Shannon Co., MO, who is proven by DNA to be a descendant of Benjamin Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC, who is the son of Robert Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, who is the son of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA. 
Birth*11 May 1920 Norman was born at Murray, Calloway Co., Kentucky, on 11 May 1920. 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 Tipton, Thomas and Norman was listed as a son in Joe Ben Culpepper's household on the 1930 Census at Concord, Calloway Co., Kentucky.2 
Marriage*12 Apr 1941 He married Hilda Kathleen Trevathan at Murray, Calloway Co., Kentucky, on 12 Apr 1941 at age 20.3 
Residence*Dec 1942 Norman resided at Kentucky in Dec 1942.4 
World War II*between 1942 and 1945 He enlisted in Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., Indiana, and served in World War II between 1942 and 1945
(US Army.)4 
Death of Mother12 Aug 1958 His mother Bertha Jane Evans died on 12 Aug 1958 at Murray, Calloway Co., Kentucky.5 
Death of Father3 Mar 1967 His father Joe Ben Culpepper died on 3 Mar 1967 at Kirksey, Calloway Co., Kentucky.6,7 
Death of Spouse5 Nov 2005 His wife Hilda Kathleen Trevathan died on 5 Nov 2005 at Jackson, Madison Co., Tennessee.3 
Death*5 May 2015 He died at Jackson, Madison Co., Tennessee, on 5 May 2015 at age 94.8 
Obituary*6 May 2015 Norman Culpepper, age 94, passed from this earthly life to his heavenly home on May 5, 2015. He was adored and beloved by his family, and greatly respected by all those who had the privilege of calling him pastor and friend.

Norman was born in Murray, KY on May 11, 1920, the son of the late Joe Ben and Bertha Evans Culpepper. He was a graduate of Murray State University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He also served in the United States Army during World War II.

Bro. Culpepper served churches in Kentucky and Tennessee from 1952 thru 2010. He preached in over one hundred churches and institutions. He participated in about seven hundred funeral and memorial services. After retirement at the age of 62, he served as interim pastor and supply preacher in many churches in West Tennessee.

He was married to Kathleen Trevathan on April 12, 1941. She preceded him in death on November 5, 2005.

Bro. Culpepper is survived by his three children, Shirley of Boulder City, NV, Jerry (Barbara) of Humboldt, TN and Tim (Connie) of Jackson, TN; five grandchildren, Lindy Edwards (Chris) of Boulder City, NV, Melissa Swingler (Lyle) of Humboldt, TN, Eric Culpepper (Amber) of Murfreesboro, TN, Ashley Culpepper (Beth) of Jackson, TN and Jinny Ballard (Steven) of Jackson, TN. He was also the proud great-grandfather of eleven great-grandchildren, Anna Lisa Dodge, Lauren Michelle Sauer, Alyvia Edwards, Sean Edwards, Lizzie Swingler, Ella Kate Swingler, Brock Culpepper, Bailee Culpepper, Josie Culpepper, Aniston Ballard and Blane Ballard, and his brother, T. B. Culpepper of Des Moines, IA.

SERVICE: A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Englewood Baptist Church, with Dr. Philip Jett and Dr. Brent Lay officiating. Entombment will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, with Dr. Larry Gilmore officiating.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Englewood Baptist Church, and on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

Pallbearers serving will be Eric Culpepper, Ashley Culpepper, Steven Ballard, Lyle Swingler, Jamie King and Linn Stanak.

The family is requesting memorial contributions be directed to Gideon's International.8 


Hilda Kathleen Trevathan (25 Oct 1922 - 5 Nov 2005)
Marriage*12 Apr 1941 He married Hilda Kathleen Trevathan at Murray, Calloway Co., Kentucky, on 12 Apr 1941 at age 20.3 
ChartsBenjamin (son of Robert) Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC: Descendant Chart
Last Edited11 May 2015


  1. Elizabeth Ann 'Libby' Jenkins Stalter (Mrs. Royce Lynn Stalter) report, Elizabeth Ann 'Libby' Jenkins Stalter (Mrs. Royce Lynn Stalter) to Lew Griffin, 1999.
  2. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED8-5, Sheet 5-B, Line 94, Concord, Calloway Co., KY
    Home owned, Value not shown, Radio=blank, Farm=Yes
    J. B. Culpepper, Head, M, 50, M, md@21, KY/KY/KY, Farmer, Gen. Farming, Vet=No
    Bertha Culpepper, Wife, F, 49, M, md@20, KY/KY/KY, Not employed
    Lipa Culpepper, Son, M, 23, S, KY/KY/KY, Laborer, Farming
    F. B. Culpepper, Son, M, 12, KY/KY/KY
    Norman Culpepper, Son, M, 9, KY/KY/KY.
  3. The Jackson Son, Jackson, Madison Co., Tennessee.
    Obituary of Kathleen (Mrs. Norman) Culpepper, published 7 Nov 2005.
  4. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Online database at, 2005.
    Norman Culpepper, White, Married, born 1920 in Kentucky, residing in Kentucky, enlisted as a Private in the US Army on 21 Dec 1942 in Evansville, Indiana.
  5. Commonwealth of Kentucky / Health Data Branch, compiler, Kentucky Death Index, 1911-2000, Online database at
    Bertha J. Culpepper, 12 Aug 1958 at age 77, Calloway Co., KY, 58, 16765.
  6. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  7. Commonwealth of Kentucky / Health Data Branch, compiler, Kentucky Death Index, 1911-2000, Online database at
    Joe B. Culpepper, 03 Mar 1967 at age 86, Calloway Co., KY, 67, 04457.
  8. Obituary of Norman Culpepper, published in The Jackson Sun from May 6 to May 9, 2015.