William A. Culpepper

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William Albright Culpepper

Judge of the Louisiana 9th Judicial District Court (6 years) and the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit (22 years)

Born July 22, 1916
Alexandria
Rapides Parish
Louisiana
Died October 4, 2015 (aged 99)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) (1) Thelma Gilham Polk Culpepper (died 2000)

(2) Jane Ann Foote Jarrell Culpepper
Children:
William "Bill" Culpepper
Lamar Polk Culpepper
Mallory C. Marsh
Parents:
Robert Campbell, Sr., and Margrete Helen Albright Culpepper

Relations Judge George M. Foote (brother-in-law)
Residence Alexandria, Louisiana

Little Rock, Arkansas

Alma mater Tulane University Law Schoo]
Occupation Judge; Attorney

United States Marine Corps brigadier general in the Pacific Theater of World War II

Religion Episcopalian

William Albright Culpepper (July 22, 1916 – October 4, 2015)[1] was an American judge from Alexandria, Louisiana, who served a six-year term on the state 9th Judicial District Court and for twenty-two years on the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit, based in Lake Charles, dates of his tenure unspecified. He was retired prior to 2002.[2]

Biography

Culpepper was one of three sons and four children of Robert Campbell Culpepper, Sr., a native of Jackson Parish, who was an educator, the clerk of court, and then from 1908 to 1912 a member of the Louisiana State Senate for Jackson and Ouachita parishes.[3] The senior Culpepper thereafter studied law, was admitted to the bar, and relocated to Alexandria, where from 1924 to 1942, he was a judge of the 9th Judicial District Court, the same body on which his son later sat. William Culpepper's mother was his father's second wife. The former Margarete Helen Albright (1888-1949), a native of Durham, North Carolina, married Robert Culpepper in 1915. Judge Robert Culpepper's first wife was the former Margaret Diane Wyatt (1876-1911), the mother of William Culpepper's half-sister and half-brother.[4]

Culpepper spent numerous summer weekends from the 1930s to the 1950s at the family camp in the former resort community of Fishville near Alexandria. In 1939, he graduated from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. On active duty for three years in the Pacific Theater of Operations, he received the Bronze Star and retired with the rank of brigadier general. Culpepper was active in the Episcopal Church in both Alexandria and Little Rock, Arkansas, where he lived his last years. He was the founding president of the Alexandria-Pineville United Way. He was active too in the Boy Scouts. In 1973, he was chairman of the Alexandria municipal home rule city charter commission, whose members also included the state Representative John Wyeth Scott (1947-2009). The panel wrote the blueprint for the current mayor-council government, which voters approved in 1974 to replace, effective June 1977, the former city commission government. He received a "Civic Oscar" from The Alexandria Daily Town Talk. He was an active hunter and golfer.[5]

After the death of his first wife, the former Thelma Gilham Polk (1921-2000), Culpepper married the former Jane Ann Foote (1926-2017), who was previously married to Dr. Marion Lee Jarrell, the father of her four daughters, and Thomas Klock. Jane Culpepper was a past president of her father's H. D. Foote Lumber Company. A strong conservationist and tree farmer, she was a member of the Louisiana Forestry Association and was heavily involved in the First United Methodist Church of Alexandria. One of Jane's brothers was the Alexandria jurist George M. Foote, a former city court judge[6] who died in 2010. Judge Culpepper had a surviving younger brother, Robert C. Culpepper, Jr., a physician. There are three Culpepper children, Bill (Barbara) Culpepper, the Reverend Lamar Polk (Cathy) Culpepper, and Mallory (David) Marsh, who is named for a great-grandfather; six grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.[5]

In his later years, Judge Culpepper resided in Little Rock, where he died on October 4, 2015 at the age of ninety-nine.[5]

References

  1. Judge William Albright Culpepper. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (October 6, 2015). Retrieved on October 7, 2015.
  2. 9th JDC Holds 2002 Opening of Court Ceremony. Louisiana Supreme Court (Fall 2002). Retrieved on October 8, 2015.
  3. Membership in the Louisiana Senate, 1880 -Present for Jackson and Ouachita parishes. senate.la.gov. Retrieved on October 8, 2015.
  4. Hon. Robert Campbell Culpepper. culpepperconnections.com. Retrieved on October 8, 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Judge William Albright Culpepper. The Alexandria Town Talk (October 7, 2015). Retrieved on October 8, 2015.
  6. Jane Culpepper obituary. The Alexandria Town Talk (December 10, 2017). Retrieved on February 7, 2018.