William Thelbert Culpepper1,2

Male, #46923, (29 Nov 1925 - 31 Oct 2009)
Father*Charles William Culpepper1,3 (4 Apr 1904 - 19 Aug 1986)
Mother*Ruth Jane Menees1,3 (c 1908 - )
Name Variation He was also known as Bill.3 
Birth*29 Nov 1925 He was born on 29 Nov 1925 at Frankfort, Franklin Co., Illinois.1,2 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 William was listed as a son in Roy Culpepper's household on the 1930 Census at Frankfort, Franklin Co., Illinois.1 
World War II*between 1943 and 1945 He served in World War II between 1943 and 1945
(US Marines.)4 
Marriage*9 May 1953 He married L. June Brewer on 9 May 1953 at age 27.3 
Death of Spouse1982 His wife L. June Brewer died in 1982.3 
Death of Father19 Aug 1986 His father Charles William Culpepper died on 19 Aug 1986 at Benton, Franklin Co., Illinois.5 
Death*31 Oct 2009 He died at Robinson, Crawford Co., Illinois, on 31 Oct 2009 at age 83.3 
Obituary*3 Nov 2009 ROBINSON - William T. "Bill" Culpepper, 83, Robinson, World War II Marines veteran and retired transport driver, died Saturday (Oct. 31, 2009). Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Graveside services: 3 p.m. Thursday, Tower Heights Cemetery, West Frankfort, with military rites. Memorials: Shriner's Hospitals for Children.4 
Obituary4 Nov 2009 Mr. William T. "Bill" Culpepper, age 83, of Robinson, IL passed away Saturday, October 31, 2009, 9:42 pm at St. Anthony's Hospital, Effingham, IL, following a battle with lung cancer.
     He was born November 29, 1925 in West Frankfort, IL to Charles William Culpepper and Ruth Jane (Menees) Culpepper. He married L. June (Brewer) May 9, 1953 who passed away in 1982. He married Betty L. (Wisdom) August 27, 1983, she survives.
     Bill was a retired transport driver for Marathon Oil Company. Retired in 1982. He worked part time as a Walmart Greeter for 14 years until ill health forced complete retirement. He was "Santa Claus" at Walmart for 8 years before becoming a greeter. Bill was Pepper the Clown with the Krazy Klown Unit, Crawford County Shrine Club. He also served as an alderman for the City of Robinson for two terms. Bill was a WWII U. S. Marine veteran, a member of the First Baptist Church, Oblong, IL, AF & AM 250, Robinson Masonic Lodge, Robinson, IL; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Danville, Danville, IL and a former member of AINAD Shrine Temple, East St. Louis, IL and Krazy Klowns Unit of Crawford County Shrine Club.
     Bill is survived by his wife Mrs. Betty L. Culpepper of Robinson, IL; sons: Mr. Kevin McCall of Robinson, IL, Mr. Kevin McCall of Robinson, IL; daughters: Mrs. Billie Jane & Gary Wyant of Benton, IL, Ms. Kathy Irby of Robinson, IL, Mrs. Karen "Pepper" Rardin of Robinson, IL, Mrs. Betsy Miller of Woodridge, IL; sister: Mrs. Kathryn Bolin of West Frankfort, IL; 8 grandchildren & spouses: Patrick & Millie Raridin, Brian & Holly Wyan, Travis & Kimmy Wyant, Justin & Misty Wyant, Shauna Miller, Bethany Miller; Sarah & Josh Harlan; David McCall; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 nieces and 1 nephew.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: L. June (Brewer) Culpepper in 1982; great granddaughter: Kayla Marie Gonzales; and a son-in-law: Patrick C. Rardin.
     Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 5, 2009 at Pulliam Funeral Home in Robinson, IL with Rev. Rusty Morecraft officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at Pulliam Funeral Home in Robinson, IL. Graveside Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, November 5, 2009 at Tower Heights Cemetery in West Frankfort, IL. Military graveside rites will be accorded by The American Legion of Benton, IL. Honorariums may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children with envelopes available at the funeral home.3 
Burial*5 Nov 2009 His body was interred on 5 Nov 2009 at Tower Heights Cemetery, West Frankfort, Franklin Co., Illinois.3 

Family 1

L. June Brewer (say 1930 - 1982)
Marriage*9 May 1953 He married L. June Brewer on 9 May 1953 at age 27.3 

Family 2

Betty L. Wisdom
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Jones Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited5 Apr 2010


  1. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 17, Sheet 14B, Lines 81-84, Frankfort, Franklin Co., IL (enumerated 10 Apr 1930)
    Owns home worth $500, Radio=Yes, Farm=No
    Roy Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 26, md@20, IL/IL/IL, Coal loader in coal mine
    Ruth Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 21, md@16, IL/IL/IL
    William Culpepper Jr., Son, M, Wh, 4 yrs 4 mos, sng, IL/IL/IL
    Catherine Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, 2 yrs 6 mos, sng, IL/IL/IL.
  2. E-mail written 2008-2010 to Warren Culpepper from Kathy Culpepper Irby (#58811), e-mail address (Aug 2010).
  3. The Daily American News, West Frankfort, IL.
    Obituary of William T. "Bill" Culpepper (#46923), published 4 Nov 2009.
  4. Decatur Herald & Review, Decatur, IL.
    Obituary of William T. "Bill" Culpepper (#46923), published 3 Nov 2009.
  5. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.