Elijah Hamilton Culpepper III

Male, #5441, (circa 1940 - 20 Jul 2009)
Father*Elijah Hamilton Culpepper Jr. (17 Dec 1914 - 15 Dec 1986)
Mother*Mildred Frances Bennett (5 Apr 1912 - 21 Jul 1996)
Nickname  Elijah Hamilton Culpepper III also went by the name of E. H.. 
Birth*circa 1940 Elijah was born at Cordele, Crisp Co., Georgia, circa 1940.1 
Death of Father15 Dec 1986 His father Elijah Hamilton Culpepper Jr. died on 15 Dec 1986 at Cordele, Crisp Co., Georgia.2,3 
Death of Mother21 Jul 1996 His mother Mildred Frances Bennett died on 21 Jul 1996 at Cordele, Crisp Co., Georgia.2,4,5 
Death*20 Jul 2009 He died at Athens, Clarke Co., Georgia, on 20 Jul 2009.1 
Obituary*22 Jul 2009 Athens - Elijah Hamilton Culpepper III, a native of Cordele, Ga., and a longtime resident of Athens, died Monday, July 20, 2009, after a long illness. A member of the Class of '62, University of Georgia, Culpepper also graduated from the University Law School in 1964. He served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia and then practiced law with the Athens firm of Fortson, Bentley and Griffin. He also was an officer of Clarke Federal Savings and Loan which became a part of the Fulton Federal network of savings and loan associations.
     With a plethora of business and professional affiliations, perhaps his greatest link with the Athens and Clarke County communities was that he was the first chairman of The Classic Center Authority, which he worked tirelessly to bring to fruition. If there were a volunteer opportunity, benefiting Athens, Clarke County and the University of Georgia, E. H. was the first to line up for service. He was President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, the Athens Touchdown Club and the Athens Country Club. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army, Friends of State Parks and Historical Sites and the YWCO. He was a trustee of the Georgia Student Educational Fund. He was chairman of the Clarke County Civic Center Study Commission, which planned and recommended the funding of The Classic Center by sales tax referendum. He was a past president of the 316 Alliance Board of Directors and a vice chairman of the Georgia Rail Passenger Authority, representing the 11th Congressional District. He was a member of the Athens Rotary Club and the Athens City Club.
     A past Chairman of the Northeast Georgia Surface and Air Transportation Commission, a 13 county authority created by the 1989 Georgia legislature whose purpose is to develop strategies for improved transportation infrastructure for the northeast Georgia region, Culpepper was chairman of the Georgia Heritage Association Center for the Arts at Tallulah Gorge State Park. He was a former chairman of the Northeast Georgia Roundtable, a 19 county economic development cooperative composed of Chamber of Commerce and business leaders in the northeast Georgia area.
     On a statewide level, he served as Chairman of the Transportation Committee and served as chair of the Tourism Committee of the Georgia Economic Development Association, the largest economic organization in state economic development efforts.
     A member of the AAA South Advisory Board, Culpepper was appointed by the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism as a board member of the Regional Advisory Council and, at the time of his death, was serving as chairman of the Regional Advisor Council for Service for District 5. He was also the Chairman of the Georgia Bioscience Joint Development Authority, an authority created by Gwinnett, Barrow, Oconee and Clarke counties to develop the 316 corridor as a linear technology corridor. He died serving his community.
     Mr. Culpepper received numerous awards and other recognition over the duration of his distinguished years of community service. In 2009, he received the Louis Griffith Hospitality Leadership Award, which honors an outstanding individual in the local hospitality industry who displays foresight and exceptional leadership skills, impacting positively the Athens-Clarke County hospitality industry and the community as a whole. In 2006, he received the prestigious Spirit of Athens award from the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce for his longstanding service to the chamber.
     Mr. Culpepper was a partner in E. H. & Eye Barbecue Catering, an Athens premier BBQ rib establishment.
     A member of the First United Methodist Church (also a member of the Tuck Bible Class), Culpepper is survived by his wife, Kitty Bolton Culpepper; his daughter, Evelyn Culpepper Dukes and son-in-law, David Dukes, of Atlanta; his son, John Hamilton Culpepper and his wife, Katherine Coleman Culpepper; and grandchildren, Hamilton and Mimi Culpepper of Athens. He is also survived by his sisters, Mildred Culpepper Lapeza of Cordele, Ga., and Miriam Culpepper Chipley of Nashville, Tenn.
     Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, July 23, at the Athens First United Methodist Church with Dr. Chuck Hodges officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow the memorial service at the Classic Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Classic Center Cultural Endowment Fund, 300 Thomas St., Athens, GA 30601.
     Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.1 


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  1. Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, GA.
    Obituary of Elijah Hamilton Culpepper III (#5441), published 22 Jul 2009.
    The same obituary also appeared on this date in the Athens Banner Herald and the Cordele Dispatch.
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
  3. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    Elijah H. Culpepper, d. 15 Dec 1986 at 71 years in Dougherty Co., GA; Res. in Crisp Co., GA, 046234.
  4. Athens Daily News/Banner-Herald, Athens (Clarke Co.), GA.
    Obituary for Mildred Bennett Culpepper, 22 Jul 1996.
  5. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    Mildred F. Culpepper, d. 21 Jul 1996 at 83 years in Crisp Co., GA; Res. in Brantley Co., GA.