Levin Ellis Culpepper

Male, #4147, (25 Jul 1925 - 4 Mar 2003)
Father*Samuel Culpepper (13 Feb 1891 - 11 Jan 1954)
Mother*Hassie Undene Ponds (2 Nov 1891 - 23 Jul 1978)
DNA* Levin has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Joseph Culpepper of Jackson Co., GA, the son of Joseph Culpepper of Morgan Co., GA, the son of Joseph Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC, the son of Robert Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, the son of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA.1 
Birth*25 Jul 1925 Levin was born on 25 Jul 1925.2 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 Levin was listed as a son in Samuel Culpepper's household on the 1930 Census at Lauderdale Co., Mississippi.3 
SSN*between 1936 and 1950 His Social Security Number was issued between 1936 and 1950 in Mississippi.2 
World War II*between 1943 and 1946 He served in World War II between 1943 and 1946
(US Navy, Motor Machinist Mate, First Class. Served on Landing Ship Medium #14 (USS-LSM #4) in Pacific.)4 
Marriage*9 Apr 1950 He married Eleanor Christine Shaw at Cuba, Sumter Co., Alabama, on 9 Apr 1950 at age 24. 
Death of Father11 Jan 1954 His father Samuel Culpepper died on 11 Jan 1954 at Lauderdale Co., Mississippi.5 
Death of Mother23 Jul 1978 His mother Hassie Undene Ponds died on 23 Jul 1978 at Meridian, Lauderdale Co., Mississippi.5,2 
Photographed*say 2000 He was photographed say 2000 at Meridian, Lauderdale Co., Mississippi.
Levin & Eleanor Culpepper
Death*4 Mar 2003 He died at Meridian, Lauderdale Co., Mississippi, on 4 Mar 2003 at age 77.6,7,2 
Obituary*5 Mar 2003 Services for Levin E. Culpepper Sr. will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Clay Memorial Cemetery in Cuba, Ala.
     Mr. Culpepper, 77, of Meridian, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at Rush Foundation Hospital. He was a Baptist and was retired from SW&IB, which is affiliated with the U.S. Railway System.
     He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in World War II on the LSM#4. He was a volunteer with the Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History for several years.
     Survivors include his wife, Elenor Shaw Culpepper of Meridian; a daughter, Dianne Culpepper Kelly of Thomaston, Ga; a son, Levin E. Culpepper Jr. and his wife, Lynn, of Cuba, Ala; a brother, Sam C. Culpepper and his wife, Almogene, of Whynot; two grandsons, Nathan Culpepper of Meridian and Matt Culpepper of Starkville; and several other relatives and friends.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Hassie Culpepper.
     Memorials may be made to Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History. Pallbearers will be Bobby Barrett, Sammy Culpepper, Michael Goetz, Ronald Gough, Theron Smith and Clay Wheeler. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Benton, Ward Calhoun Sr., James Gough, Buddy Pogue, Ed Reynolds and members of the USS LSM-LSMR Association. Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.7 
Burial*6 Mar 2003 His body was interred on 6 Mar 2003 at Clay Memorial Cemetery, Cuba, Sumter Co., Alabama.7 
Biography* Levin was one of the leading researchers on the descendants of Joseph Culpepper, who came from Jackson County, GA, around 1840, and settled in Lauderdale Co., MS, and Sumter Co., AL.8 
Biography11 Nov 2004 Local genealogy buff honored for long service as volunteer

(Photograph Caption. Photo not available) PROUD MOMENT - Levin Culpepper Jr., left, talks with the Rev. Max Burris while Eleanor Reynolds hugs her friend Eleanor Culpepper, widow of the late Levin Culpepper Sr. " honored Wednesday for his longtime volunteer service at the Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History.

By Penny Randall / staff writer, November 11, 2004

Levin Culpepper was a history and genealogy buff, so his wife was not at all surprised when he began volunteering at the Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History.

"He loved talking about history and World War II," Eleanor Culpepper said. "He really enjoyed it and he didn't do many things he didn't enjoy."

Culpepper was a volunteer at the department, on the second floor of the Raymond P. Davis Courthouse Annex in downtown Meridian, for almost 20 years.

"We have such fond memories of Mr. Culpepper," Ward Calhoun told an audience of family and friends Wednesday as he dedicated a research room at the department in Culpepper's honor.

Calhoun is the department's records manager.

"He was a fixture here," he said. "He was here when I came and I was glad of it. He was a tremendous amount of help."

Culpepper died in March 2003 at the age of 77. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the U.S. Navy. He retired in 1986 from the Southern Weight and Investment Bureau and then began volunteering at the archives.

Fellow volunteer Ed Shields described Culpepper as a man "full of life."

"People like Levin are the people we have the most trouble being parted from," Shields said. "We thought he was going to live forever."

Culpepper's children also spoke about their father on Wednesday.

"We knew how he loved coming up here," Levin Culpepper Jr. said.

His daughter, Dianne Kelly, said her father was a man dedicated to his family: "He had his priorities straight and wanted to help everybody, but he always put his family first."9 


Eleanor Christine Shaw (15 Mar 1927 - 16 Oct 2016)
Marriage*9 Apr 1950 He married Eleanor Christine Shaw at Cuba, Sumter Co., Alabama, on 9 Apr 1950 at age 24. 
ChartsJoseph Culpepper of Morgan Co., GA: Descendant Chart (#1)
Joseph Culpepper of Morgan Co., GA: Descendant Chart (#2)
John Culpepper of Jones Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited8 Aug 2011


  1. Culpepper Project at FamilyTreeDNA.com, http://gen.culpepper.com/dna/results.htm[:WEB].
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
  3. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 38-27, Page 21A, Beat 5, Whynot & Alamucha Road, Lauderdale Co., MS
    Own Farm, Radio=N
    Sam Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 39, md@21, MS/MS/AL, Foreman, County Road, Vet=N
    Hassie Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 38, md@20, MS/AL/MS
    Lottie M. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, 16, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Mary E. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, 14, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Mildred Culpepper, Daughter. F. Wh, 10, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Levin E. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 4 8/12, sng, MS/MS/MS.
  4. Levin E. Culpepper, The Descendants of Joseph Culpepper who died in 1816, in Jackson County, Georgia, P. O. Box 5511, Meridian, MS 39302-5511: Lauderdale County Dept. of Archives & History, 1990's.
  5. Sarah Mozingo, compiler, Choctaw County Cemeteries, Rootsweb: USGenWeb Archives, 1996.
    Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Sumter Co., Alabama, near Choctaw County line.
    + Sam Culpepper, Feb. 13, 1891 - Jan. 11, 1954
    + Hassie Ponds Culpepper, Nov. 2, 1891 - July 23, 1978.
  6. Judy Gilmer e-mail, 6 Mar 2003.
  7. Obituary in The Meridian (MS) Star (Online edition), Wednesday, 5 Mar 2003.

  8. Lewis W. Griffin Jr. (#47), e-mail address.
  9. The Meridian Star, Meridian, MS.
    Article by Penny Randall, Staff writer, November 11, 2004.