Rufus Horace Culpepper

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Rufus Horace Culpepper

September 23, 1922 - January 06, 2019

Rufus Horace Culpepper A private graveside service for Rufus Horace "R.H." Culpepper was held Tuesday January 8, 2019, at Cullman City Cemetery. He was born on September 23rd, 1922, in Cullman and died on January 6, 2019.
Mr. Culpepper served in the First Marine Division, known as the "Old Breed", in World War II; he made five combat landings as a member of the Old Breed, most notably the landing at Peleliu Island. He is believed to be the last man standing from his historic unit prior to his death. After the war, using the GI Bill, he attended St. Bernard College and graduated from the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University). During college and after, Mr. Culpepper was buying and selling cars. He officially opened his used car business in 1947 and sold his last vehicle in 2018. Along with his partner Charlie Glover he operated Culpepper Motors a Chrysler/ Plymouth dealership. After selling the car dealership, Mr. Culpepper started Culpepper Real Estate, Culpepper Auto Sales and Culpepper Trailer Sales. Along with his partner Clyde White, he owned Builders and Traders, a real estate development company. He was a businessman and deal maker all of his life.
Mr. Culpepper was a member of First Baptist Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion. He was the Chairman of the City of Cullman Board of Education, the Alabama State Dairy Board, and the Cullman County Democratic Party.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Perry Culpepper and Nettie Hyatt Culpepper; his brother, Thomas Perry Culpepper, Jr.; and his sisters, Marguerite Culpepper Davis, Alice Culpepper Werner and Nell Culpepper Baker.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rachel Louise Culpepper; his five children, Karen Culpepper Foltz, Joe Culpepper, Kenny (Diane) Culpepper, Neal (Ann) Culpepper and Tim (Tricia) Culpepper; and his sister Hannah Culpepper Brock. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to the charity of your choice or to the Auburn University School of Agriculture.
Published on January 8, 2019
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Marie Brock Maynard
Jan 10, 2019
Sympathy, love and prayers from the Percy "Salty" Brock Family.
E T White and Greg White
Jan 09, 2019
Our deepest condolences for our good friend and his family
Bob Bryan
Jan 09, 2019
One of the finest men and finest families in Cullman. He will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace Horace.
Sonya White
Jan 08, 2019
As the youngest of Clyde White's daughters, my memories of Mr Culpepper were of stopping by the office & listening to a bunch of "wheeling & dealing". Many local characters stopped by for coffee and business.
My funniest memory was a particular political ralley when a high school friend of my dad's and Horace's came up to us and called them "Footsey" & "Tarzan". Apparently Horace was nicknamed for big feet & my dad for athletics.
Too many memories to share. I know you will miss him greatly but will be solaced by his long, well lived life and the legacy he left your family. God bless.
James Richard Evans
Jan 08, 2019
I want you all how sorry I am to hear about your father and Grandfather I know how hurt you must be. I can understand. How you must feel. I lost my mother I was so. Hurt and lost But you half to go on with your Life. He is with the Christ that died for all us. May God bless each and every one of you. We are all going to die. All we can do is be prepared. To meet Christ at Judgement. If there is any thing I can do for any off you please let me no. Your friend always Richard.
Johnny Cook
Jan 08, 2019
I will miss getting to sit and talk with Horace and trying to soak up a small portion of his vast knowledge. We are praying for the family as they have lost a great Patriarch!
Gerald Johnson
Jan 08, 2019
Praying for this wonderful family.