Levin B. Culpepper
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Elizabeth City, NC - Levin Butler Culpepper, 91, of 2049 Rivershore Road, Elizabeth City, N.C. died Thursday, October 31, 2013 in the Albemarle Hospital. He was born in Elizabeth City, N.C. on June 28, 1922 to the late William Thomas Culpepper and the late Alice Butler Culpepper. Mr. Culpepper was a former Pasquotank County Commissioner, and also served as Mayor for Elizabeth City, N.C. from 1957 until 1964. In 1964 he became Postmaster for the Elizabeth City branch of the USPS which position he held until 1987. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. Mr. Culpepper served in World War II in the southwest Pacific and was honorably discharged as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Engineers in 1946. Upon returning from the military, he entered the family connected businesses, serving as a corporate officer in the Carolina Amusement Co. Inc. and the Carolina-Virginia Amusement Corp.
Mr. Culpepper was very civic and community minded and was member of several fraternal and civic organizations. He was a member, past president and a Paul Harris Fellow with the Elizabeth City Rotary Club having been named Rotarian of the Year for his many dedicated years of service. He was a charter and life member of the VFW #6060, member or the Eureka Lodge #317 AF & AM, member of the Sudan Shrine Temple in New Bern, N.C., and member of The Pines Country Club. Mr. Culpepper was a Charter member and Past President of the Elizabeth City Jaycees and past State Vice President for the North Carolina Jaycees. He was a former board of directors member of Wachovia Bank and Trust, Elizabeth City Foundation, Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City State University Foundation, and Elizabeth City Boys Club. Throughout his public career, Mr. Culpepper received various awards including being the only person selected twice as Outstanding Young Man of the Year by the EC Jaycees. Also, he was named as "Tar Heel of the Week" by the Raleigh News and Observer newspaper, named as Trustee Emeritus of Elizabeth City State University and, in 2005, he was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award.
Mr. Culpepper is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jane Aydlett Culpepper, a daughter, Nancy C. Spruill and husband, Walt of Manteo, N.C.; a son, Stephen Hall Culpepper and wife, Gail of Southern Shores, N.C., three grandchildren, Jane Hunter Spruill, Stephen Tyler Culpepper, and Anna Catherine Culpepper. Also, surviving are several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Catherine C. Hudgins.
A service to celebrate the life of Levin Culpepper will be held Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2 p.m. in First Baptist Church by Rev. Christopher Ingram. A gathering of family and friends will be Saturday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Twiford Memorial Chapel, Church Street. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Building Fund, 300 West Main Street, Elizabeth City, NC or the Elizabeth City Foundation. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Culpepper family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.twifordfh.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Nov. 2, 2013