Murrel David Culpepper1,2

Male, #57764, (18 Aug 1923 - 20 Apr 2003)
Father*Charles David Culpepper3 (25 Apr 1893 - 13 Mar 1962)
Mother*Robena Bearden3 (5 Dec 1899 - 3 Aug 1986)
Birth*18 Aug 1923 He was born on 18 Aug 1923 at Illinois.4,5,3 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 Murrel and Cecil was listed as a son in Charles David Culpepper's household on the 1930 Census at Lincoln, Marion Co., West Virginia.3 
SSN*between 1936 and 1950 His Social Security Number was issued between 1936 and 1950 in Colorado.5 
Marriage*say 1942 He married Frances Billie Harms say 1942.1 
World War II*between 1943 and 1946 He served in World War II between 1943 and 1946
(US Navy, Electrician's Mate 2C.)6,7 
Birth of Son23 Apr 1944 His son Murrel David Culpepper Jr. was born on 23 Apr 1944 at Farragutt, Kootenai Co., Idaho.1 
Residence*1945 Murrel resided at Idaho in 1945.1 
Death of Father13 Mar 1962 His father Charles David Culpepper died on 13 Mar 1962 at San Diego, San Diego Co., California.8 
Marriage*31 Dec 1971 He married Viola J. Duff at Placer Co., California, on 31 Dec 1971 at age 48.4 
Death of Mother3 Aug 1986 His mother Robena Bearden died on 3 Aug 1986 at Yuba Co., California.9 
Residence*1993 Viola and Murrel resided at Sheridan, Placer Co., California, in 1993.10 
Death of Spouse1 Jan 1995 His wife Viola J. Duff died on 1 Jan 1995 at Sheridan, Placer Co., California.5 
News Article*23 Jul 1995 Finding the Real Twang: Bluegrass Picking Up Fans like M. D. Culpepper
BY ANDREW C. REVKIN New York Times News Service

SHINHOPPLE, N.Y. -- Sitting in the shade thrown by a cordon of motor homes, M.D. Culpepper, 71, doffed his blue baseball cap, which was hand- embroidered with the words Bluegrass Junkie.

"When my wife died on the first of January, people said I should go to meetings," said the retired Kentucky-born coal miner. But instead of going to church, Culpepper sought solace in bluegrass, a raw-boned form of country music in which the singers play fiddles, banjos and guitars, harmonizing over love, usually lost, and liquor, preferably moonshine.

The blend of hillbilly strings and bluesy laments began 50 years ago with Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs.

For most of the year, Culpepper has been on a cross-country musical pilgrimage, traveling to a non-stop series of bluegrass festivals that began in Seattle in January, led to the Peaceful Valley campground here in the Catskills and would continue for him a week later in Texas.

At each stop, he settled in with several thousand devotees for day after day of singing and strumming, barbecue and beer.

"What do I need meetings for?" Culpepper asked. "Bluegrass is my family -- the biggest family in the world."11 
Death*20 Apr 2003 He died at Sheridan, Placer Co., California, on 20 Apr 2003 at age 79.5 

Family 1

Frances Billie Harms (say 1919 - )
Marriage*say 1942 He married Frances Billie Harms say 1942.1 
Child

Family 2

Viola J. Duff (5 Nov 1929 - 1 Jan 1995)
Marriage*31 Dec 1971 He married Viola J. Duff at Placer Co., California, on 31 Dec 1971 at age 48.4 
ChartsJames Culpepper of Nash Co., NC : Descendant Chart
Last Edited3 Sep 2010

Citations

  1. The Enterprise, Brockton, MA.
    http://enterprise.southofboston.com
    Obituary of Murrel D. Culpepper Jr., published 16 Nov 2007.
  2. E-mail written Jan 2008 to Warren Culpepper from Jimmy Reynolds (#58136), Seattle, WA, e-mail address.
  3. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 25-24, Sheet #11-B, Line 89, Family 209, Carolina St., Lincoln, Marion Co., W.VA
    Rent=$7, Radio=Yes, Farm=No
    Chada* Culpepper, Head, M, 35, M, md. @ 23, TN/TN/AL, Machine Operator, Coal mines, Vet=No
    Robena Culpepper, Wife, F, 30, M, md. @ 16, AL/AL/AL, Not employed
    Murrel Culpepper, Son, M, 6, IL/TN/AL
    Cecil Culpepper, Son, M, 2, TN/TN, AL
    *Indexed as “Chada”, actual name was Charles.
  4. Center for Health Statistics / California Department of Health Services / Sacramento CA, compiler, California Marriage Index, 1960-1985
    California Marriage Index, 1960-1985
    , Online database at Ancestry.com, 2007.
    http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=1144
    Murrel D Culpepper, 48, married Viiola J Duff, 42, on 31 Dec 1971 in Placer Co., CA.
  5. 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
  6. Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24 / National Archives at College Park MD), compiler, World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2007.
    http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=1122
    Murrel David Culpepper, Electrician's Mate 2C, husband of Mrs. Frances Billie Culpepper, residing at 210 Appleway, Route 1, Couer d'Alene, Idaho, was Wounded In Action. Roll: ww2c_27.
  7. Bureau of Naval Personnel, compiler, WW-II US Navy Aircraft Carrier Muster Rolls, 1939-1949, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2007.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1143
    USS Randolph (CV-15) during 1946-1947.
  8. State of California Department of Health Services / Center for Health Statistics, compiler, California Death Index, 1940-1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2000.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5180
    Charles D Culpepper, M, 25 Apr 1893, Unknown, 13 Mar 1962, 68Yrs, Maiden-Unk.
  9. State of California Department of Health Services / Center for Health Statistics, compiler, California Death Index, 1940-1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2000.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5180
    Robena Culpepper, F, born 5 Dec 1899 in Alabama, died 3 Aug 1986 at 86Yrs in Yuba Co., CA. Mother's Maiden name: Unk, Father's Surname: Bearden.
  10. MyFamily.com Inc., compiler, US Public Records Index, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8907&enc=1
  11. Lexington Herald-Leader (KY), Lexington, KY.
    http://www.kentucky.com
    Published Sunday, July 23, 1995 in MAIN NEWS Section, Page A8.