Sterling Gardner Culpepper Jr.1

Male, #9931, (25 May 1936 - 4 May 2018)
Father*Sterling Gardner Culpepper Sr. (10 Jan 1900 - 15 Dec 1973)
Mother*Lula Mae Williams (7 Aug 1902 - 31 Dec 1994)
Birth*25 May 1936 Sterling was born at Montgomery, Montgomery Co., Alabama, on 25 May 1936. 
Marriage*2 Mar 1963 He married Katherine Kelly on 2 Mar 1963 at age 26. 
Biography* From: "Who’s Who in America 1974 - 1975":

Lawyer: born Montgomery, Ala., in 1936; s. Sterling G. and Lula W. (Williams) Culpepper; B.S., Auburn U., 1959: LL. B., U. Ala.. 1961; m. Katherine Kelly, 2 Mar 1963. children-Sterling G. III, Emily Jenny. Admitted to Ala. bar, asst. U.S. atty. Middle Dist. Ala., 1961-62; partner law firm Smith, Bowman, Thagard, Crook & Culpepper Montgomery, 1967-. Served with USAF, 1962-67. Mem. Am. Ala., Fed. (sec.-treas.) bar assns. Phi Delta Theta. Phi Delta Phi. Episcopalian. Home: 1816 Pine Needle Rd Montgomery AL 36106 Ofce: Bell Bldg Montgomery AL 36104.2 
Death of Father15 Dec 1973 His father Sterling Gardner Culpepper Sr. died on 15 Dec 1973 at Montgomery, Montgomery Co., Alabama.3,4 
Death of Mother31 Dec 1994 His mother Lula Mae Williams died on 31 Dec 1994 at Montgomery, Montgomery Co., Alabama.3,5 
Death of Spouse27 Oct 2015 His wife Katherine Kelly died on 27 Oct 2015 at Montgomery, Montgomery Co., Alabama.6 
Death*4 May 2018 He died at Montgomery Hill, Baldwin Co., Alabama, on 4 May 2018 at age 81.7 
Obituary*6 May 2018 Montgomery - Sterling Gardner Culpepper Jr. passed away at his home in Montgomery, Alabama on May 4, 2018. He was a gifted trial lawyer, a faithful Episcopalian, and a devoted family man with a nearly infinite capacity to see the humor in life and to laugh. The lives he touched through his friendships, church involvement and professional pursuits are beyond counting. Sterling was born in Montgomery on May 25, 1936 to the late Lula May (Williams) and Sterling Gardner Culpepper. He attended public schools in Montgomery, graduating from Lanier High School in 1954. In 1959, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He went on to law school at the University of Alabama, graduating in 1961. After a nine-month stint in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Montgomery, Sterling served in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps for five years. He met his wife, Kita Kelly, at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, and they married on March 2, 1963. She was the beautiful daughter of a soon to be four star general, and Sterling never ceased to marvel at his good fortune. He subsequently was stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany for three years, where he and Kita created a well of extraordinary memories to which they often returned right up until each passed away. Sterling and Kita came back to Montgomery in 1967 to start a family, and Sterling went to work with what would eventually become Smith, Bowman, Thagard, Crook and Culpepper (which then later merged with Balch Bingham LLP.) He established a reputation as a consummate trial attorney, earning the respect of colleagues, adversaries and judges. Sterling's Christian faith was deep and unassuming, and he was extremely active in the Episcopal Church, where he ultimately served as senior warden at the Church of the Ascension. Sterling's hobbies and interests included teasing his children and law partners, gardening, hunting, fishing, and spending time at his house on Lake Martin, where he waged determined (but rarely successful) war against the beavers and other wildlife that relentlessly attacked his gardening creations. He loved Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals and old time country music. He doted on a wide array of dogs and cats with names only he could have dreamed up (Willy-Sue the Siamese cat and Horace the Dachshund). But most compulsively, he watched, followed, read about, talked about, and incessantly thought about Auburn football. Sterling adored his wife and absolutely delighted in his children and his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Kita and his parents. He is survived by three children and their spouses: Sterling Gardner Culpepper III (Tricia), William Kelly Culpepper (Keely), and Emily Culpepper Pfeil (George); seven grandchildren: Kathryn Austin Culpepper, Sterling Gardner Culpepper V (Quinn), Mary Carter Culpepper, William Gregory Culpepper, Kiel Elizabeth Culpepper, George Arthur Pfeil IV, and James Gustaf Pfeil; and his sister, Clara Armstrong (Robert). He is also survived by four nieces: Linda Churchwell, Laura Head, Leila Utt, and Christin Hewitt. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Ascension Hall at the Church of the Ascension. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Ascension. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund at Ascension.7 

Family

Katherine Kelly (26 Aug 1940 - 27 Oct 2015)
Marriage*2 Mar 1963 He married Katherine Kelly on 2 Mar 1963 at age 26. 
Children
ChartsBenjamin (son of Robert) Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC: Descendant Chart
WLC / Andrew Hartsfield: Descendant Chart
WLC / Martin Sims: Descendant Chart
Last Edited7 May 2018

Citations

  1. Sterling G. Culpepper, Jr.: Lawyer: born Montgomery, Ala., in 1936; s. Sterling G. and Lula W. (Williams) Culpepper; B.S., Auburn U., 1959: LL. B., U. Ala.. 1961; m. Katherine Kelly, 2 Mar 1963. children-Sterling G. III, Emily Jenny. Admitted to Ala. bar, asst. U.S. atty. Middle Dist. Ala., 1961-62; partner law firm Smith, Bowman, Thagard, Crook & Culpepper Montgomery, 1967-. Served with USAF, 1962-67. Mem. Am. Ala., Fed. (sec.-treas.) bar assns. Phi Delta Theta. Phi Delta Phi. Episcopalian. Home: 1816 Pine Needle Rd Montgomery AL 36106 Ofce: Bell Bldg Montgomery AL 36104.
    Source: Who’s Who in America 1974 - 1975.
  2. Who's Who in America, 38th Ed., 1974-1975, Chicago, Illinois: Marquis-Who's Who, 1974, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 973 D36w 38 ed.
  3. 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
  4. Find a Grave (online database)
    http://www.findagrave.com
    Memorial# 82501628.
  5. Find a Grave (online database)
    http://www.findagrave.com
    Memorial# 82501735.
  6. Obituary of Katherine Kelly Culpepper, Published in the MontgomeryAdvertiser.com from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2015.
  7. Obituary of Sterling Gardner Culpepper, published in the Montgomery Advertiser on May 6, 2018.