John Frank Culpepper

Male, #36774, (6 Sep 1918 - 20 Sep 1981)
Father*George Washington Culpepper (May 1885 - 1941)
Mother*Selma Herring (9 May 1884 - 15 Jun 1968)
Name Variation He was also known as J. F.1 
Birth*6 Sep 1918 John was born at Russell Co., Alabama, on 6 Sep 1918.2 
Marriage*say 1941 He married Hester McElroy say 1941.3 
Death of Father1941 His father George Washington Culpepper died in 1941 at Russell Co., Alabama
World War II*between 1943 and 1945 He enlisted in Columbus, Muscogee Co., Georgia, and served in World War II between 1943 and 1945
(J. F. Culpepper enlisted in the US Navy on 27 Nov 1943 in Columbus, GA and was assigned to the USS Essex (CV-9), an aircraft carrier. He served on the Essex from 12 Apr 1944 to 19 Nov 1945 and was a STM 1C at the time of his discharge in Jacksonville, FL.The Essex saw action throughout the Pacific until the end of hostilities on 15 Aug 1945. On 3 Sep 1945, she returned home to Bremerton, WA for inactivation. See Wikipedia article on the Essex and its service:
(It is not certain that J. F. Culpepper who served on the Essex is the same person as John F. Culpepper who was born in Russell Co., AL, close to Columbus, where J. F. enlisted.)1
Death of Mother15 Jun 1968 His mother Selma Herring died on 15 Jun 1968 at Opelika, Lee Co., Alabama.4 
Death*20 Sep 1981 He died on 20 Sep 1981 at age 63.2 
Burial*23 Sep 1981 His body was interred on 23 Sep 1981 at Shiloh Baptist Cemetery, Crawford, Russell Co., Alabama.2 


Hester McElroy (22 Jun 1921 - 27 Jun 2007)
Marriage*say 1941 He married Hester McElroy say 1941.3 
ChartsJames Culpepper of Nash Co., NC : Descendant Chart
Last Edited13 Dec 2014


  1. Bureau of Naval Personnel, compiler, WW-II US Navy Aircraft Carrier Muster Rolls, 1939-1949, Online database at, 2007.
  2. Find a Grave (online database)
    Find A Grave Memorial# 78473149.
  3. Find a Grave (online database)
    Find A Grave Memorial# 60001738.
  4. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at