Katherine Karleen Rotan

Female, #4455, (30 Dec 1926 - 6 Feb 2004)
Father*John Morris Rotan (19 Feb 1900 - 12 Jul 1968)
Mother*Minnie Gertrude Smith (4 Aug 1904 - 12 Nov 1983)
Birth*30 Dec 1926 Katherine was born at Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas, on 30 Dec 1926.1,2 
Marriage*24 Oct 1944 She married Willie Caton Culpepper at Kerrville, Kerr Co., Texas, on 24 Oct 1944 at age 17.3
Willie Caton & Katherine Culpepper
Married Name24 Oct 1944  As of 24 Oct 1944, her married name was Culpepper. 
Death of Father12 Jul 1968 Her father John Morris Rotan died on 12 Jul 1968 at Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
Death of Mother12 Nov 1983 Her mother Minnie Gertrude Smith died on 12 Nov 1983 at Ingram, Kerr Co., Texas.1 
Photographed*27 Nov 1998 She was photographed on 27 Nov 1998 at Christmas Tree farm, Centerville, Leon Co., Texas, at age 71
Thanksgiving 1998 -- includes all but one of their children, spouses and grandchildren. Only one is missing is 3 year old Ethan Henderson.

L-R bottom row: Shirley Culpepper Brook (daughter of Bill & Katherine), Brant Henderson (Shirley's son), Troy Bradshaw (son of Kathy Culpepper McCleney), Jesslyn Bradshaw (daughter of Amber and step-daughter of Troy Bradshaw), Ryan McCleney, Jared McCleney, Taylor Culpepper (son of Tom & Rhonda), Barbara Culpepper Kirkley (daughter of Bill & Katherine)

Next row: Gilbert Brook (Shirley's husband), Kathy Culpepper McCleney (daughter of Bill & Katherine), Brandon Bradshaw held by his mother Amber Bradshaw, Derek Morgan sitting in lap of mother Amber K. Morgan, Shira Brook (Shirley's step daughter), Korrissa Kirkley (short blonde hair, daughter of Barbara Culpepper Kirkley), Caitlin Culpepper (long blonde hair, daughter of John & Barbara), Barbara Culpepper (hands folded, John's wife)

Next row: Chad Henderson (Shirley's son with glasses and short hair), Matthew Culpepper (son of John & Barbara), Tom Culpepper (with cap, son of Bill & Katherine), Shane Morgan holding Ciarra Morgan

Very back row: Lauren Culpepper (Maroon, daughter of Tom & Rhonda), Rhonda Culpepper (dark blue, Tom's wife). John Culpepper (light blue, son of Bill & Katherine) and finally Katherine Culpepper standing with dad Bill Culpepper.3

Willie Caton Culpepper family reunion, 1998
Death*6 Feb 2004 She died at Huntsville, Walker Co., Texas, on 6 Feb 2004 at age 77.3,1 
Burial*10 Feb 2004 Her body was interred on 10 Feb 2004 at North Creek Cemetery, Centerville, Leon Co., Texas.3 
Biography* Obituary:
Katherine Karleen Culpepper, Dec. 30, 1926 — Feb. 6, 2004
     CENTERVILLE — Services for Katherine Karleen Culpepper, 77, of Centerville and formerly of Houston, are set for 2 p.m. Monday at Walters Funeral Home Chapel in Centerville. The Rev. Anthony Cecil will officiate. Burial will be in North Creek Cemetery in rural Leon County.
     Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to the time of services Monday at the funeral home.
     Mrs. Culpepper died Friday in Huntsville. She was born in Dallas. She and her husband owned and operated several businesses together, including Culpepper Electronics in Houston and Culpepper Tree Farm, which supplied Christmas trees to many churches and organizations. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
     She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Jean Kirkley. Survivors include her husband, Bill Culpepper of Centerville; two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Barbara Culpepper of Centerville and Thomas Alan and Rhonda Culpepper of Houston; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy Sue and Rex Gunderson of Spring and Shirley Beth and Gilbert Brook of Florence; a brother, Mac T. Raye of Harper; six sisters, Lona Joyce Alsup of Canyon Lake, Carmen Rene Baldwin and Zoe Jean Cina, both of Ingram, Faye O’Brien of Harper, Charlotte Wiltz of Kerrville and Linda Mae Crockett of Lockhart; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.2 


Willie Caton Culpepper (16 Sep 1925 - 13 Apr 2004)
Marriage*24 Oct 1944 She married Willie Caton Culpepper at Kerrville, Kerr Co., Texas, on 24 Oct 1944 at age 17.3
Willie Caton & Katherine Culpepper
Last Edited11 Aug 2011


  1. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
  2. Bryan-College Station Eagle, Bryan, TX.
    Online edition, Katherine Karleen Culpepper Obituary, Saturday, February 08, 2004.
  3. E-mail written 1998-2007 to Lew Griffin and Warren Culpepper from Shirley Beth Culpepper Brook (#5957), e-mail address.
  4. Texas Department of State Health Services, compiler, Texas Birth Index, 1903 - 1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    Barbara Jean Culpepper, Female, born __ 1946 in Harris Co., Texas, child of Willie Caton Culpepper and Katherine Karleen Rotan.