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Edward Rawls Culpepper III

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DRURY, Mass -- Edward Rawls Culpepper III, 46, of South St., Drury, died Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at the North Adams Regional Hospital after being stricken earlier at his home.

He was born in Richmond, Va. on June 20, 1958, a son of Edward Rawls Culpepper Jr. and Dorothy (Parr) Holladay. He graduated from the Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, N.Y. and he also graduated from SUNY at Buffalo, N.Y. with a degree in electrical engineering.

He was employed at the Edison Country Club in New York and then at General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y. He also was employed at the Morrison Berkshire Co. in North Adams for several years. He was last employed at the time of his death at the Ababus Automation Co. in North Bennington, Vt. He and his family were the owners and operators of the Breezy Acres Greenhouse in Drury.

He was an avid bee collector and gardener and was a Weebelos Leader for the Cub Scouts Pack No. 76 in the town of Florida. He also was building his own home in Drury.

Survivors include his father, Edward Rawls Culpepper Jr. of Edmonds, Wash.; his mother, Dorothy (Parr) Holladay and his stepfather, Robert Holladay of Aiken, S.C. and Mukilteo, Wash.; his wife of 12 years, Teresa I. (Wheeler) Culpepper whom he married Sept. 26, 1992, at the Florida Baptist Church; one son Christopher R. Culpepper of Drury, a student at Gabriel Abbott Elementary School in Florida, Mass.; one daughter, Elizabeth V. Culpepper of Drury, a student at Gabriel Abbott Elementary School in Florida, Mass.; two brothers, James Culpepper of Edmonds, Wash., and Jonathan Culpepper of Rochester, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Funeral services for Edward Rawls Culpepper III will take place Monday at 10 a.m. at the Florida Baptist Church in Florida, Mass. with the Rev. Roy Burdick, pastor of the Florida Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will take place in the family plot in Church Cemetery, Florida, Mass., in the springtime. Calling hours at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St. North Adams, are Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. Memorial donations are suggested for Edward R. Culpepper III children’s education fund through the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St. North Adams.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 5, 2005
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