Kenneth Ross Culpepper1

Male, #6433, (27 Jun 1919 - 2 Apr 1971)
Father*Henry Bluford Culpepper (15 Jul 1880 - 7 Jun 1935)
Mother*Emily Ann Ferguson (7 May 1885 - 15 Jun 1973)
Birth*27 Jun 1919 Kenneth was born at Cut Hand, Red River Co., Texas, on 27 Jun 1919. 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 William, A, Kenneth, Henry and Lacy was listed as a son in Henry Bluford Culpepper's household on the 1930 Census at Jones Co., Texas.2 
Death of Father7 Jun 1935 His father Henry Bluford Culpepper died on 7 Jun 1935 at Jones Co., Texas.3 
Photographed*say 1939 He was photographed say 1939
Army serial number - 6271469 RAR
Regular Army
Machine Gun Troop 5th Cavalry (Horse)
Military Post - Fort Clark, TX
Enlisted - July 11, 1936
Discharged - July 10, 1939
In as a Private
Out as a Private
Character Excellent
He was a 'Marksman'
Enlisted in the Reserves - July 11, 1939 at Fort Clark, Texas as single.
Prior service: Mach. Gun Tr. 5th Cav. 7/11/36 to 7/10/39, Pvt. Ex., ETS.
Discharged: January 30, 1941.4
Marriage*21 Sep 1940 He married Twila Gay Green at Anson, Jones Co., Texas, on 21 Sep 1940 at age 21.5 
Birth of Son17 Nov 1944 His son Jackie Kenneth Culpepper was born on 17 Nov 1944 at Abilene, Taylor Co., Texas.6,7 
Residence*1962 Kenneth resided at Guthrie, King Co., Texas, in 1962. 
Photographedsay 1965 He was photographed say 1965 at Stamford Rodeo, Stamford, Jones Co., Texas,
at the 6666 Chuck Wagon. His daughter, Pat Roberts says, "Dad's real job was not the cook, but he would cook at the Stamford Rodeo, Stamford, Texas, when they took the wagon in for real 'Chuck Wagon' meals at the campgrounds for the rodeo. He loved doing that. They gave prizes to the best Chuck Wagon Cooks and he won it once... By the way that is Beech-Nut in his right jaw." From Peggy Culpepper Oliver, another daughter: "While Daddy did cook at the Texas cowboy Reunion at Stamford, Tx., he was the round-up cook for all the 6666 ranch regular round-ups all year long. That is where this picture was taken, I believe it was on the South Camp site. I have more photos taken at the same time where they were raising the tent and more. I also have a wonderful one where the cowboys were playing poker on a bucket. These photos along with this one on the website were taken by Artist Tom Ryan and a painting was made from them called "Two more for chow". The painting was used on a calendar which Brown & Bigalow commissioned Tom Ryan to make for them. Tom sent Daddy & Mother a copy of the calender print and autographed it which I now have."1
Death*2 Apr 1971 He died at Taylor Co., Texas, on 2 Apr 1971 at age 51.8 
Burial*circa 4 Apr 1971 His body was interred circa 4 Apr 1971 at Fairview Cemetery, Tuxedo, Jones Co., Texas
Biography* The following is from Kenneth Culpepper's daughter Pat Roberts (Mrs. Kenneth N. Roberts):
     Kenneth R. Culpepper enlisted in the Army July 10, 1936 and was discharged with an Honorable Discharge from the Regular Army on July 10, 1939. He was in the Machine Gun Troop, 5th Calvalry (Horse) at Fort Clark Texas. He went in as a Private and came out a Private, character Excellent (Peace Time). He was then in the Regular Army Reserve for one year and one month and was discharged by Command of Brigadier General Donovan.
     Kenneth ran away from home when he was 17, and fibbed about his age to get into the Army. His military papers show his birth date as July 27, 1915. His actual birth date is July 27, 1919. His occupation was shown as a farmer. At enlistment time his address was Anson, Texas.
     While he was in service he was a Welter Weight Boxer. Dad told me about this. He was inspired by stories of Colonel McKinzie. He rode "Jumping Horse Domino" into Madison Square Garden against Bartender and won second place.
     I don't have any thing to prove this, but I was told that he whipped the "Midget of Mexico" as a welter weight boxer.
 

Family

Twila Gay Green (11 Apr 1921 - 6 Oct 2013)
Marriage*21 Sep 1940 He married Twila Gay Green at Anson, Jones Co., Texas, on 21 Sep 1940 at age 21.5 
Children
ChartsBenjamin (son of Joseph) Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC: Descendant Chart
Last Edited21 Oct 2013

Citations

  1. E-mail written 1996-2007 to Lew Griffin & Warren Culpepper from Patsy Gay Culpepper Roberts (#6442), e-mail address.
  2. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 3, Sheet 3B, Pg 87, Pct. 1, Hanna Rd., Jones Co., TX
    Rent=Y, Radio=N, Farm=Y, Military=N
    Henry B. Culpepper, Head, M, 49, M, md@20, TX TN TN, Farmer
    Annie E. Culpepper, Wife, F, 44, M, md@15, TX TN AL
    Newton Culpepper, Son, M, 20, S, TX TX TX, Farm Laborer
    A. D. Culpepper, Son, M, 16, S, TX TX TX
    Juanita Culpepper, Dau, F, 13, S, TX TX TX
    Kenneth R. Culpepper. Son, M, 10, S, TX TX TX
    Clifton Culpepper, Son, M, 8, S, TX TX TX
    Lacy H. Culpepper, Son, M, 3 6/12, S, TX TX TX.
  3. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2006.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4876
    Henry Bluford Culpepper, Jones Co., Jun 7 1935, 29324.
  4. E-mail written 1996-2007 to Lew Griffin & Warren Culpepper from Patsy Gay Culpepper Roberts (#6442), e-mail address.
    His discharge was given because he had married September 21, 1940 and by 1941 his wife (my mother) was pregnant with their first child which changed his status. Altho my mother miscarried that first child it still stopped my father from going to active duty. I then was born in1943 as their first living child.
  5. Abilene Reporter-News, Abilene, TX.
    http://www.reporternews.com/
    Obituary of Twila Gay Green Culpepper (#6434), Published Oct. 9, 2013.
  6. 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
  7. Texas Department of State Health Services, compiler, Texas Birth Index, 1903 - 1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8781&ti=0
    Jackie Kenneth Culpepper, Male, born 17 Nov 1944 in Taylor Co., Texas, child of Kenneth Ross Culpepper and Tuila Gay Green.
  8. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2006.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4876
    Kenneth R Culpepper, Male, Single, died 2 Apr 1971 in Taylor Co., TX.
  9. Texas Department of State Health Services, compiler, Texas Birth Index, 1903 - 1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8781&ti=0
    Patsy Gay Culpepper, Female, born __ 1943 in Haskell Co., Texas, child of Kenneth Ross Culpepper and Twila Gay Green.
  10. Texas Department of State Health Services, compiler, Texas Birth Index, 1903 - 1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8781&ti=0
    Betty Jean Culpepper, Female, born __ 1946 in Taylor Co., Texas, child of Kenneth Ross Culpepper and Twila Gay Green.
  11. Texas Department of State Health Services, compiler, Texas Birth Index, 1903 - 1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8781&ti=0
    Judy Francis Culpepper, Female, born __ 1948 in Taylor Co., Texas, child of Kenneth Ross Culpepper and Twila Gay Green.
  12. Texas Department of State Health Services, compiler, Texas Birth Index, 1903 - 1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8781&ti=0
    Peggy Ellen Culpepper, Female, born __ 1950 in Taylor Co., Texas, child of Kenneth Ross Culpepper and Twila Gay Green.
  13. Texas Department of State Health Services, compiler, Texas Birth Index, 1903 - 1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8781&ti=0
    Janey Twila Culpepper, Female, born __ 1951 in Taylor Co., Texas, child of Kenneth Ross Culpepper and Twila Gay Green.