Ralph Harold Culpepper1

Male, #3940, (7 Jun 1899 - 29 Jul 1970)
Father*Warren Ebenezer Culpepper (24 Jun 1859 - 13 May 1907)
Mother*Eula Frances Shelfer (1 Nov 1865 - 11 Oct 1904)
DNA* Ralph 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*7 Jun 1899 Ralph was born at Pascagoula, Jackson Co., Mississippi, on 7 Jun 1899.2,3 
Death of Mother11 Oct 1904 His mother Eula Frances Shelfer died on 11 Oct 1904 at Orange, Orange Co., Texas.4 
Death of Father13 May 1907 His father Warren Ebenezer Culpepper died on 13 May 1907 at Orange, Orange Co., Texas
1910 Census15 Apr 1910 Wiley, Lawson, Ralph and Wilma was listed as a brother in Charles Byron Culpepper's household on the 1910 Census at Orange, Orange Co., Texas.5 
World War I*between 1917 and 1918 He served in US Navy between 1917 and 1918.6,2 
Marriage*15 Apr 1922 He married Gladys Iva Rice at Orange, Orange Co., Texas, on 15 Apr 1922 at age 22.7 
Birth of Son14 Jul 1923 His son Ralph Harold Culpepper Jr. was born on 14 Jul 1923 at Orange, Orange Co., Texas.8 
Birth of Son16 Sep 1925 His son Willie Caton Culpepper was born on 16 Sep 1925 at Orangefield, Orange Co., Texas.3,9 
Birth of Son7 Oct 1928 His son George Warren Culpepper was born on 7 Oct 1928 at Orangefield, Orange Co., Texas.3,10 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 Ralph was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Vinton, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.6 
SSN*between 1936 and 1950 His Social Security Number was issued between 1936 and 1950 in Texas.3 
Divorce*circa 1939 He and Gladys Iva Rice were divorced circa 1939 at Fort Bend Co., Texas.1 
Marriage*4 Jul 1940 He married Della Doris Kearns at Waco, McLennan Co., Texas, on 4 Jul 1940 at age 41.11 
Death*29 Jul 1970 He died at Kilgore, Gregg Co., Texas, on 29 Jul 1970 at age 71.12,3 
Burial*31 Jul 1970 His body was interred on 31 Jul 1970 at Kilgore City Cemetery, Kilgore, Gregg Co., Texas. Obituary:
Ralph H Culpepper Sr, 71, long-time resident of Kilgore, died Wednesday night in a Longview hospital after a two month illness. A resident of Kilgore since 1945, he was a retied pumper for Gulf Oil Corp. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in Rader Chapel with the Rev. V.O. Blankenship officiating. Burial will be in Kilgore cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Della Culpepper, Kilgore; a daughter Carrie Manire, Houston; three sons, Ralph H Culpepper, Jr., France, Willie C. Culpepper, Houston and George W Culpepper, Rocky Mountain, N.C; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Merle Simon, Kilgore, Mrs. Gretna Quick, Bossier City, La; and Mrs. Edward Evans,Cypress, California; and a brother Wylie Culpepper, Beaumont. (Source: Shirley Culpepper Brook from an unknown newspaper, Thursday, 30 Jul 1970, in Texas, probably Kilgore).13,2 

Family 1

Gladys Iva Rice (5 Jan 1902 - 9 Dec 1960)
Marriage*15 Apr 1922 He married Gladys Iva Rice at Orange, Orange Co., Texas, on 15 Apr 1922 at age 22.7 
Divorce*circa 1939 He and Gladys Iva Rice were divorced circa 1939 at Fort Bend Co., Texas.1 
Children

Family 2

Della Doris Kearns (10 Jan 1890 - 3 Jul 1977)
Marriage*4 Jul 1940 He married Della Doris Kearns at Waco, McLennan Co., Texas, on 4 Jul 1940 at age 41.11 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Jones Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited13 Mar 2011

Citations

  1. E-mail written 1998-2007 to Lew Griffin and Warren Culpepper from Shirley Beth Culpepper Brook (#5957), e-mail address.
  2. Tombstone.
    Kilgore City Cemetery, Kilgore, Gregg Co., TX
    Ralph H. Culpepper, 7 Jun 1899 – 20 Jul 1970, U. S. Navy, WW I
    Della Kearns Culpepper, 10 Jan 1889 – 3 Jul 1977.
  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. 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
    W. E. Culpepper (Mrs.), Orange Co., Oct 11 1904, 46125.
  5. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 117, Sheet 13A, Pg 89A-89B, Pct 1, Gen.com Img 25, 1108 Orange Ave., Orange, Orange Co., TX
    Byron Culpepper, Head, M, 23, S, FL US US, Driver-DelWagon
    Wiley Culpepper, Bro, M, 21, S, TX US US, Salesman
    Alva M. Culpepper, Sis, F, 18, S, GA US US     
    Lawsen Culpepper, Bro, M, 15, S, GA US US
    Ralph Culpepper, Bro, M, 10, S, MS US US
    Claud D. Culpepper, Bro, M, 7, MS US US.
  6. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 10-26, Sheet #7, Line 61, Horridge St., Vinton, Calcasieu, LA
    Home rented, Amount=$15, Radio=blank, Farm=No
    Ralph H. Culpepper, Head, M, 29, M, md@22, MS/GA/GA, Oil Field Laborer, Vet=WW
    Gladys I. Culpepper, Wife, F, 28, M, md@20, TX/TX/TX, Not employed
    Ralph H. Culpepper, Son, M, 6, TX/MS/TX
    Willie C. Culpepper, Son, M, 4, TX/MS/TX
    Warren Culpepper, Son, M, 1, TX/MS/TX.
  7. E-mail written 1998-2007 to Lew Griffin and Warren Culpepper from Shirley Beth Culpepper Brook (#5957), e-mail address.
    Ralph Harold Culpepper and Gladys Iva RICE were married April 15, 1922 in Orange, Orange, Texas. There are three sources, one of which says April 16.
         1. Family Bible, copy given by George Warren Culpepper to Shirley Brook, Ralph H Culpepper married Gladys Rice April 16, 1922.
         2. Marriage Certificate: "Ralph Culpepper of Orange, Tx, and Miss Gladys Rice of Orange, Texas were united in Holy Matrimony on April 15, 1922 at Orange, Texas. Pastor, First Baptist Church of Orange."
         3. Divorce Decree, District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas: "That on or about the 15th day of April AD 1922, plaintiff was lawfully married to defendant; that they continued to live together as husband and wife until on or about the 25th day of September, AD 1935."
  8. 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
    Ralph Harold Culpepper Jr., born 14 Jul 1923 in Orange Co., Texas.
  9. 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
    Willie Caton Culpepper, born 16 Sep 1925 in Orange Co., Texas.
  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
    George Warren Culpepper, Male, born 7 Oct 1928 in Orange Co., Texas, child of Ralph H. Culpepper and Gladys Eva Rice.
  11. E-mail written 1998-2007 to Lew Griffin and Warren Culpepper from Shirley Beth Culpepper Brook (#5957), e-mail address.
    "Ralph married second Della Dora Kearns Sumner Peterson July 4, 1940 in Waco, McLennan, Texas. (Maiden name Kearns). It was Della's third marriage. They had no children together."
  12. 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
    Ralph H Culpepper, Male, Single, died 29 Jul 1970 in Gregg Co., TX.
  13. From his obituary.