Jerry Roger Culpepper Ph.D., J.D., D.O.1

Male, #7853, (26 Oct 1944 - 24 Jan 2005)
Father*Green Walter Culpepper1 (27 Oct 1897 - 3 May 1969)
Mother*Hilda Etta Tilley1 (4 Sep 1903 - 8 May 1985)
Birth*26 Oct 1944 Jerry was born at Fyffe, DeKalb Co., Alabama, on 26 Oct 1944.2 
Death of Father3 May 1969 His father Green Walter Culpepper died on 3 May 1969 at Fort Payne, DeKalb Co., Alabama.3,4,1 
Death of Mother8 May 1985 His mother Hilda Etta Tilley died on 8 May 1985 at Rainsville, DeKalb Co., Alabama.3,4,1 
Death*24 Jan 2005 He died at Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Alabama, on 24 Jan 2005 at age 60.5 
Biography* In Memory of Dr. Jerry Roger Culpepper

Doctor Roger Culpepper was born and raised in Powell, Ala. He graduated from Fyffe High School and received his B. S. Degree in Chemistry from Auburn University. No matter how many other schools he attended, he remained a true Auburn Alumni and an ardent football fan.

He went to dental school at UAB, but decided not to become a dentist and dropped out in his last year. He completed his doctorate studies in clinical chemistry a the Medical College of Virginia, earning his Ph. D. Now a doctor of philosophy, Roger Culpepper entered the West Virginia School of Osteopathy in Louisbourg, W. Va.

In 1983, after finishing his internship at Warren Hospital in Warren, Ohio, he moved back home to Northeast Alabama, where he began practicing medicine.

During the 20-odd years he operated the Ider medical Clinic, he attended the Birmingham School of Law and earned a doctor of jurisprudence. Roger's higher education now included three doctorates and a bachelor's degree from Auburn. During his medical career, he was licensed to practice in Alabama, Tennessee and West Virginia.

After a two-year courtship, Doc married his wife, Virginia Witzleben, in 1983. "Ginny" was a registered nurse in Saginaw, Mich. They did not have any children. They lived on the Culpepper family farm in Powell.

The lifelong drive of Roger Culpepper was to "save man and humanity." To contribute toward this inspiration goal, he treated thousands of people without pay, and he was active in numerous medical societies and legal organizations. He was a soft touch for a contribution to any worthwhile cause.

He ran for political office in an effort to influence the Laws of the State of Alabama. He also taught religion and philosophy to various groups from time to time. In short, doc worked toward his goal throughout his life.

Doc was a voracious reader. He was accused of being Barnes & Noble's best customer. He particularly liked technical books and biographies. Often he would read three to four books a week. As a result, he was conversant on any subject and could usually expand the conversation to another level. He was blessed with a magnificent memory that allowed him to remember almost any historical date, character, or act.

In 1995, Doc began to suffer from heart disease. His health deteriorated, even after a triple coronary bypass and a kidney transplant. He lived until Monday, Jan 24, when he passed away.

A devout Christian and truly a citizen of the world, Jerry Roger Culpepper will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

From a dear friend, Bob French Jr.

Post Script by Warren Culpepper, co-publisher of Culpepper Connections

Shortly after the launch of Culpepper Connections in 1999, I received a phone call from a remarkable Culpepper from northeast Alabama. Roger had discovered our new website and wanted to know if I knew of any other Culpepper with three doctoral degrees. I assured him I had not, and asked him to tell me more about him and his branch of the family. He soon invited me to attend a family reunion of his NE Alabama Culpeppers. My wife and I did and had a most memorable day with Roger and his clan. Over the next few years, Roger and I often talked on the phone, and while I had visited with him face-to-face only once, at the time of his death, I knew I had lost a true and very special friend.6,7
Dr. Roger Culpepper


Virginia Witzleber
ChartsWilliam Culpepper of Warren Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited29 Sep 2010


  1. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
    P. 180.
  2. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
    P. 185.
  3. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  4. Cemetery Census, New Bethel Cemetery, Rainsville, Dekalb Co., AL
    - Doyle L. Culpepper, 5 Nov 1935 - 7 Dec 1964 and Nancy B. Culpepper, 5 May 1938 - 21 Feb 1990
    - Green W. Culpepper, 27 Oct 1897 - 3 May 1969 and Etta H. Culpepper, 4 Sep 1903 - 8 May 1985.

  5. E-mail written 1999-2011 to Lew Griffin & Warren Culpepper from Metta Maxine Culpepper Barron, e-mail address (Aug 2011).
  6. E-mail written 1 Feb 2005 - Apr 2015 to Lew Griffin from Newton Ivan "Buddy" Hilyer Jr., e-mail address.
  7. Warren L. Culpepper (#1942), Former publisher of Culpepper Connections, e-mail address.