Captain William Stephen Culpepper Jr.1,2

Male, #50182, (24 Nov 1924 - 23 Jun 1983)
Father*William Stephen Culpepper M.D.1 (23 Sep 1887 - 9 Apr 1960)
Mother*Manie Williamson1 (9 Jan 1894 - 19 Feb 1960)
Name Variation He was also known as Bill.2 
Birth*24 Nov 1924 He was born on 24 Nov 1924 at Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth Co., Kansas.2 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 William was listed as a son in William Stephen Culpepper M.D.'s household on the 1930 Census at Washington, District of Columbia.1 
Graduation*1946 He was graduated in 1946 at United States Military Academy, West Point, Orange Co., New York.2 
Marriage*30 Jun 1950 He married Virginia Gunnels Pekor at Columbus, Muscogee Co., Georgia, on 30 Jun 1950 at age 25.2 
Divorce*1957 He and Virginia Gunnels Pekor were divorced in 1957.2 
Death of Mother19 Feb 1960 His mother Manie Williamson died on 19 Feb 1960.3,4 
Death of Father9 Apr 1960 His father William Stephen Culpepper M.D. died on 9 Apr 1960 at Georgia.5,4 
Birth of Son28 Oct 1960 His son Phillip Randolph Culpepper was born on 28 Oct 1960 at Maryland.6,7 
Death*23 Jun 1983 He died at Baltimore, Baltimore Co., Maryland, on 23 Jun 1983 at age 58.2 
Burial*circa 29 Jun 1983 His body was interred circa 29 Jun 1983 at West Point Cemetery, West Point, Orange Co., New York.2 
Obituary* William Stephen Culpepper, Jr. (No. 1600, Class of 1946) was born 24 Nov 1924 in the post hospital at Fort Leavenworth, KS. His place of birth tells that Bill was an "Army brat." His father was a physician in the Army Medical Corps, so Bill spent his childhood traveling from one Army post to another. As was the case with so many Army children of his generation who lived overseas, Bill took up radio as a hobby that continued in his later life. Bill graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco, CA. From there he attended Sullivan Preparatory School in Washington, DC in order to achieve his lifelong ambition to enter West Point. The dream became a reality when he entered the Academy in July 1943 with the Class of 1946.
     Having grown up in the Amy. Bill had an idea of what to expect from cadet life. He was one of many who kept a low profile and made no waves. Academics were a challenge for him, but with much diligence, he managed to may ahead of the Academic Department. His company mates remember Bill as quiet and rather withdrawn, keeping mostly to himself. He continued his interest in radio by saying active in the radio club during his stay at West Point. Graduation saw Bill become a second lieutenant of Infantry.
     Following basic schooling at Fort Benning, GA, Bill served in Japan from 1947-50, first with the 19th Infantry and then at Headquarters, Far East Command. From Japan, be moved to Fort Carson, CO for an assignment with the 14th Infantry. On 30 Jun 1950, Bill married Virginia Pekor in Columbus, GA. Bill and Virginia traveled to Germany where he first served with the 26th Infantry and then transferred to the Ordnance Corps. He spent the remainder of his tour as a logistics officer with Headquarters. Seventh Army and than as commander, 357th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company. The Culpeppers returned to the States in 1954, where Bill became a supply management officer in the Ordnance Training Command in Aberdeen, MD. In 1956, Bill was selected to attend Syracuse University where he obtained his master's degree in business administration. With degree in hand, Bill became the assistant comptroller for Aberdeen Proving Ground.
     Bill and Virginia had two sons, William III and Robert, before their divorce in 1957. Bill was married to Harriet Fox in Maryland in early 1959. He served at Aberdeen until May 1959, when he traveled to South Vietnam for assignment with the US Amy Military Assistance Advisory Group in Saigon. This tour was interrupted after three months when Bill was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Ordnance in the Pentagon. In 1960, Bill left the Army to try his hand in civilian life.
     Bill's first job was with the AC Sparkplug Division of General Motors in Milwaukee, WI, where he was a contracts coordinator for the Titan II Program. He returned to Aberdeen, MD in 1964 where he became a management analyst under civil service. Bill again traveled in Vietnam in 1966, where he was a program manager for non-military construction, first for the Navy and then the State Department. He returned to the States in 1968 and went to St. Louis, MO in the civil service. He and Harriet had three children, Stephen, Phillip and Susan, before they were divorced in 1968. Bill returned in Maryland, this time to Headquarters, First Army at Fort Meade. He remained at Fort Meade until 1980, when he retired from civil service. In June 1983, Bill entered a hospital in Baltimore, suffering from emphysema and heart problems. He died 23 Jun 1983 of complications from these conditions.
     Bill Culpepper had wanted to be a soldier from his early childhood. That he was able to attend West Point and serve his country in the Army and then in civilian life was the thing that made his life a success in his eyes. His son William III remembered his father's unstinting commitment to, and love for, his country and its armed services. Bill Culpepper was proud to be a West Pointer. His earthly remains are at West Point, the focal point of Bill's life, both as a young man and in his later life. That he has come full circle, back to the place when his dreams were fulfilled, would be a source of great pride to him. Rest in peace, Bill.8 
Note*29 Jun 2004 Bill's first wife, Virginia, wrote:
     "Bill's parents were William Stephen Culpepper (Sr.) and Manie Williamson Culpepper. He (William Sr.) was a physician from rural Alabama, who had worked his way through college and medical school. Entered the Army in WW I and stayed in the Medical Corps afterward. Manie was from Oak Park, GA, the daughter of a Union Army veteran.
     Beside Bill, the Culpeppers had an older daughter, Helene, who married Raymond Silas Pratt, Jr., a West Point graduate (class of 1931.) Helene and Ray are both deceased.
     I never met any of Colonel Culpepper's relatives, but Mrs. Culpepper had a sister and nieces still living in Oak Park when Bill and I married in 1950. Of course, they were not Culpeppers.
     Both my sons live in Georgia and my two grandsons are both students at Georgia Tech.9 

Family 1

Virginia Gunnels Pekor (4 Dec 1927 - 13 Apr 2014)
Marriage*30 Jun 1950 He married Virginia Gunnels Pekor at Columbus, Muscogee Co., Georgia, on 30 Jun 1950 at age 25.2 
Divorce*1957 He and Virginia Gunnels Pekor were divorced in 1957.2 
Children

Family 2

Harriet Fox
Children
ChartsJames Culpepper of Nash Co., NC : Descendant Chart
Last Edited16 Mar 2011

Citations

  1. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 371, page 17A, 7131 Georgia Avenue, Washington, DC
    William S. Culpepper, HH, M, 42, M, md@31, AL/GA/GA, Medicine/US Army, WW Vet
    Manie Culpepper, Wife, F, 37, M, md@23, GA/GA/GA
    Helen L. Culpepper, Dau, F, 12, S, TN/AL/GA
    William S. Culpepper Jr., Son, M, 5 5/12, S, KS/AL/GA.
  2. Taken from the obituary for William Stephen Culpepper, Jr. from a West Point Alumni publication, publication name and date unknown. Provided to Culpepper Connections by Jack McWhorter, Class of '46 web page manager.

  3. Tombstone.
    Arlington National Cemetery, VA: "William Stephen Culpepper, Colonel, Medical Corps US Army, died April 9, 1960. His Wife, Manie Williamson, died Feb. 19, 1960."
  4. National Cemetery Administration, compiler, US Veterans Gravesites, 1775-2006, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2006.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8750
    William Stephen Culpepper, 23 Sep 1887 - 9 Apr 1960, Served as Colonel in the US Army, Interred 13 Apr 1960 in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 8, Site 618 LH (ID: 1941)
    Manie W. W. Culpepper, 9 Jan 1894 - 19 Feb 1960, Wife of William Stephen Culpepper, Interred 23 Feb 1960 in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 8, Site 618 LH.
  5. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/5426a.htm
    William S. Culpepper, d. 9 Apr 1960 at 72 years.
  6. E-mail written Aug 2005 - Aug 2014 to Warren Culpepper from Susan Lee Culpepper Horton, Arizona, e-mail address.
  7. 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
  8. Taken from the obituary for William Stephen Culpepper, Jr. from a West Point Alumni publication, publication name and date unknown. Provided to Culpepper Connections by Jack McWhorter, Class of '46 web page manager.
  9. E-mail written 2004-2005 to Warren L. Culpepper from Virginia Pekor Culpepper, e-mail address.