Dr. Theresa Long1

Female, #60183, (24 Mar 1950 - 9 Feb 2009)
Name Variation She was also known as Resa.1 
Birth*24 Mar 1950 She was born on 24 Mar 1950 at Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., North Carolina. She was the daughter of Lloyd Franklin Long and Katherine Norwood.1 
Marriage*say 1980 She married Milton Irving Culpepper Jr. say 1980.1 
Married Namesay 1980  As of say 1980, her married name was Theresa Culpepper Ph.D., CRNA.1 
Death*9 Feb 2009 She died at Chelsea, Shelby Co., Alabama, on 9 Feb 2009 at age 58.1 
Obituary*10 Feb 2009 Dr. Theresa "Resa" Long Culpepper, 58, left to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, February 9, 2009. Born March 24, 1950 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents; her father, Lloyd Franklin Long and her mother, Katherine Norwood Long.
     Resa is survived by her loving husband, Milton L. Culpepper Jr; sister, Sherry Helms (David); niece, Christy H. Haynes (Steve); nephew, Wade Helms; great-nieces, Hilary and Sadie Schronce, all of Stanley, North Carolina. Other survivors include sister-in-law, Jane Carol Culpepper, Silverhill, Alabama; step-son, Michael I. Culpepper (Cindy), Chelsea, Alabama; step-daughters, Donna Gene Hancock (Tom) of Chelsea and Margaret Jane Little (John) of Pelham, Alabama; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
     Resa graduated from Stanley High School in Stanley, North Carolina, Presbyterian Nursing School in Charlotte, and Charlotte Memorial Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia. She received a B.A. degree from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas, and a Master of Science degree from the graduate school of the University of South Alabama, Mobile. She received a PhD degree from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. For some 38 years, she was a practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at Charlotte Memorial Hospital (now Carolina Medical Center), Children's Hospital and University of Alabama Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama, and the University of South Alabama Hospital, Mobile.
     As an educator, she taught nurse anesthesia at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Community and Allied Health, and was a member of the founding faculty that established the CRNA program in the Samford School of Nursing, Homewood, Alabama, serving as Clinical Director. As an administrator, she served in several positions in the Alabama CRNA Association, ultimately serving as its president. She also served on various committees in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, becoming president of the National CRNA Foundation. She was published in CRNA professional publications and received other professional awards, her latest honor being the establishment of the Resa Culpepper Annual Award given for student professionalism by the Samford University CRNA program. Resa was a sought after lecturer, especially concerning Pediatric Anesthesia, by national, regional, and state CRNA continuing education programs. She also served on numerous occasions as a defense expert witness in medical malpractice cases against other CRNA's.
     A member of Liberty Baptist Church, Chelsea, Alabama, she and her husband taught 2- and 3-year-olds together and served on several church administrative teams over the years. Her family, especially her husband, would like to express their sincere thanks for the thoughts, prayers, and cards from their friends during this very difficult time. They especially thank the Curtis Collins Sunday School Class, Brother Wayne Honeycutt, Pastor Tim Cox, and all of her Samford University friends, especially the faculty, staff, and students of the Samford CRNA program. It was one year ago on February 9 that Resa was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a bone cancer.
     The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home, 475 Cahaba Valley Road near the intersection of Highway 119 and Interstate 65 in Pelham, Alabama. A funeral service for Resa will be Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church, 11050 Chelsea Road and Highway 47, Chelsea, Alabama, with burial to follow in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, across Highway 47 from the church. Senior Pastor Tim Cox will officiate at both services. Pallbearers will be Michael Culpepper, Chris Smith, Jason Lee, Jason Lewis, John Little, and Tom Hancock. Honorary pall bearers will be David Helms, Wade Helms, and Steve Haynes.
     In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial gifts be made to the Liberty Baptist Church Building Fund (address above - zip code 35043-7300); to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist Foundation, c/o Mrs. Lorraine Jordan, 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001; or to the Samford University School of Nursing CRNA program, ATTN Mrs. Nena Sanders, re the Resa Culpepper Scholarship Fund - to be established, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229. A guest registry can be signed at www.al.com, and we welcome you to view an audio-visual celebration of Resa's life at www.mem.com.1 
Obituary11 Feb 2009 Samford Mourns Nurse Anesthesia Program Director Culpepper
     Dr. Theresa L. "Resa" Culpepper, director of Samford University's nurse anesthesia clinical program, died Feb. 9 following a year-long battle with cancer. Services were scheduled Feb. 11 at Liberty Baptist Church in Chelsea, Ala., where she and her family were active members.
     Dr. Culpepper was one of the founding faculty members of the nurse anesthesia degree program in Samford's Ida v. Moffett School of Nursing in 2003, and directed the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) clinical program.
     "In 2003, Dr. Culpepper joined the IVMSON and Samford University to assist in the re-establishment of the nurse anesthesia program," said Samford nursing Dean Nena F. Sanders. "Her expertise as both a nurse educator and practitioner was invaluable to the establishing the program and achieving accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.      "There is no way to measure the long-lasting impact of Dr. Culpepper's contributions to nurse anesthesia education and practice," said Dean Sanders. "Her legacy will continue to live through the anesthesia practice of hundreds of students who benefitted from Dr. Culpepper's expertise as an educator, clinician and professional leader. The true measure of her impact will be in the lives of patients who her graduates will touch through their practice as nurse anesthetists."
     Sanders said Culpepper's charismatic personality and ability to personally connect with anyone and everyone she met will be sorely missed.
     "Resa was an inspirational mentor to so many nurse anesthetists in the Birmingham community and a national leader in our profession," added Dr. Mary C. Karlet, chair of the nurse anesthesia department.
     Culpepper was a practicing CRNA for 38 years, and taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham before joining Samford. She was active in several regional and national professional organizations and was widely published in her field. She was also a highly-sought speaker and conference leader.
     The Samford nursing school recently established the Resa Culpepper Award for student professionalism in the CRNA program, and presented the first award to a graduating senior last fall.
     Culpepper was a native of Charlotte, N.C. She is survived by her husband, Milton, her sister, Sherry Helms, two step-daughters, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
     In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial gifts to the scholarship fund, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing CRNA program, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229.2 
Burial*11 Feb 2009 Her body was interred on 11 Feb 2009 at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Chelsea, Shelby Co., Alabama.1 


Milton Irving Culpepper Jr. (14 Jun 1929 - 27 Nov 2016)
Marriage*say 1980 She married Milton Irving Culpepper Jr. say 1980.1 
Last Edited11 Feb 2010


  1. Birmingham News, Birmingham, Alabama.
    Obituary of Dr. Theresa "Resa" Long Culpepper (#60183), published 10 Feb 2009.
  2. Obituary of Dr. Theresa L. 'Resa' Culpepper, published on the Samford University website 11 Feb 2009.