Cecil W. Culpepper, Jr.

Published 10:39 am Friday, August 3, 2018

Cecil W. Culpepper, Jr.

August 2, 2018

Cecil W. Culpepper, Jr., 76, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Thursday, August 2, 2018. The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Karl Kling and Dr. Gerald A. Little officiating.  Interment will be at Tallahassee National Cemetery with Emory Johnson, Garrott Lang, Larry Peiper, Pat Thompson, Bud Holleman and Mills Brock serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Elders of First Presbyterian Church.

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The family will receive friends immediately following the service at First Presbyterian Church. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 7067, Bainbridge, GA 39818.

Cecil Wallace Culpepper, Jr. was born October 3, 1941, in Lambert, Miss., the son of Cecil Wallace Culpepper, Sr. and Helon Taylor Culpepper. He married Mary H. “Sissie” Williford in 1966. Cecil earned an Education Specialist Degree and taught on the college level. He retired from Mississippi Delta Community College.

Serving others was Cecil’s nature. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War as a helicopter pilot in the United States Army and in the churches he dearly loved, First Baptist of Inverness, Miss. and First Presbyterian of Bainbridge. He was a skilled craftsman and his woodworking projects were completed with love. Fishing was a favorite pastime where Cecil could relax and spin a few tall tales of the big one that got away.

Survivors include his children, Beth Keating and her husband, Cochran, and Ryan Culpepper and his wife, Heather, all of Tallahassee, Fla.; his grandchildren, Casey Keating, Paige Keating, Katelyn Culpepper and Nolan Culpepper; and his sister, Elizabeth Ann Huggins of Woodstock, Ga.. In addition to his parents, Cecil was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Mary H. “Sissie” Culpepper; and his brother-in-law, Howard Huggins.