Olin Pepper Culpepper1

Male, #5481, (7 Jan 1948 - 23 Jul 2012)
Father*Samuel Olin Culpepper1 (30 May 1916 - 3 Feb 1971)
Mother*Zelma E. King1 (28 Jul 1918 - 27 Oct 1974)
Name Variation He was also known as Pepper. 
Birth*7 Jan 1948 He was born on 7 Jan 1948 at Americus, Sumter Co., Georgia.
Pepper said, "I was born on 7 Jan 48 in the Americus and Sumpter County Hospital at approximately 2400 hours. Actually, the original birth certificate reads '8 Jan' (Elvis's birth date) but my mom or someone scratched through the '8' and hand penned the '7th' in. So you figure it out if you can."1 
Military service*between 1968 and 1993 Pepper entered the Air Force on 7 Feb 1968. He attended Morse Intercept School at Keesler AFB, MS, finished top in the class, but was transferred to the Personnel Career Field, because of humanitarian reasons. He remained stationed at Keesler from 1968 through 1971. He was then stationed at Eglin AFB FLl from 1971 to 1972, at Eielson AFB, AK, from 1972 to 1974, and then returned back to Keesler as a Military Training instructor from 1974 until 1978.
     Pepper served in Cullman AL from 1980 until 1983 as an "enlisted recruiter," and at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL, as "Engineer Recruiter" from 1983 to 1986. He also served as Flight Supervisor for the 3331st Recruiting Sq. Engineering Recruiting Team from 83 to 87.
     In 1987, he was transferred to Robins AFB, GA, as NCOIC CBPO and then to the 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron Administration Chief and Acting First Sergeant.
     Pepper's responsibilities continued to grow, and in 1990 he was transferred to the position of Dep. Director of Family Support Center. As Deputy, he served in numerous positions including the Battle Staff during the Gulf War.
     Pepper has numerous awards and decorations. He retired in 1993.1 
Death of Father3 Feb 1971 His father Samuel Olin Culpepper died on 3 Feb 1971 at Americus, Sumter Co., Georgia.2,3 
Death of Mother27 Oct 1974 His mother Zelma E. King died on 27 Oct 1974.4 
Marriage*21 Apr 1978 He married Beverly Jane Barker at Biloxi, Harrison Co., Mississippi, on 21 Apr 1978 at age 30.1 
Gulf War*1991 He served in the Gulf War against Iraq in 1991. 
Residence*Oct 2005 Olin and Beverly resided at Bonaire, Houston Co., Georgia, in Oct 2005.1 
Death*23 Jul 2012 He died at Bonaire, Houston Co., Georgia, on 23 Jul 2012 at age 64.5 
Obituary*25 Jul 2012 Bonaire, GA- Olin "Pepper" Culpepper, 64, entered into rest on Monday, July 23, 2012.
     Pepper was born on January 7, 1948 in Americus, Georgia. With pride and honor, he served his country in the United States Air Force from which he retired as a Personnel Superintendent with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. A fun-loving outdoorsman, Pepper enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and anything outdoors. He was a member of Tyrian Lodge #111 and of the National Rifle Association. Pepper was also a private pilot; he loved Elvis, and relished time with his family. His parents, Olin Samuel Culpepper and Zelma King Culpepper, preceded him in death.
     His memory will forever be treasured by his adoring wife of thirty-seven years, Beverly J. Culpepper, Bonaire; children, Greg Payne (Rhoda), Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Chad Payne (Pat), Kathleen, Tasha Cole (Mike), Pensacola, Florida, Jason Payne, Bonaire, and James "Joey" Culpepper, Pensacola, Florida; and grandchildren, Jessica, Trey, Colton, Trent, and Russell Payne, and Ricky C. Cole.
     Visitation will be Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2012 in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home. The family will accept flowers or donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.5 

Family 1

Rhonda Gayle Mallory

Family 2

Beverly Jane Barker (12 Apr 1948 - 11 Oct 2013)
Marriage*21 Apr 1978 He married Beverly Jane Barker at Biloxi, Harrison Co., Mississippi, on 21 Apr 1978 at age 30.1 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Jones Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited19 Nov 2013


  1. E-mail written Oct 2005 to Warren Culpepper from Olin Pepper Culpepper (#5481), Bonaire, Houston Co., Georgia, [deceased Jul 2012].
  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.
    Samuel O. Culpepper, d. 3 Feb 1971 at 54 years in Sumter Co., GA; Res. in Sumter Co., GA, 010263.
  4. Mary Lou L. McDonald and Samuel Jordan Lawson III, compiler, The Passing of the Pines: A History of Wilcox County, Georgia, Volumes I & II, Roswell, GA: WH Wolfe Associates, 1984, 1987.
    Volume I, page 272.
  5. The Telegraph, Macon, GA.
    Obituary of Olin "Pepper" Culpepper (#5481), published 25 Jul 2012.
  6. Sun Herald, Biloxi, MS.
    Obituary of Beverly Jane Culpepper (#53128), published on 12 Oct 2013.