Charles Alfred “Chuck” Culpepper, 76, of Jefferson County, passed away on January 13, 2018 at JRMC in Pine Bluff.

He was born September 26, 1941 in Lincoln County near Sanders Creek to the late Thomas Richard Culpepper and Nellie Mae Mann.

Mr. Culpepper was a life-long member of the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Palmyra. He attended Glendale public schools and later graduated from Arkansas A&M College (now UAM) where he was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.

He was retired from vocational and industrial education with his career spanning over 30 years. He taught many in Helena, Glendale, Gould, Dumas and Pine Bluff high schools while helping them attain knowledge, confidence and competency within the building trades. He received the Certificate of Honor as an Outstanding Teacher for the 1968-69 school year on April 11, 1969 by the American Industrial Arts Association.

He loved his family, friends and his canine companions. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, music, cooking and sharing a laugh (not necessarily in that order). Past students claim he would burst into song in class (often loudly) with a favorite snippet from Harold Jenkins or the Statler Brothers, but he insisted those random “workshop vocalizations” of classic country hits kept the birds from nesting inside the shop building. Workshop safety, of course, was a top priority but he occasionally joked that he had made it to retirement with all ten fingers still intact. A few older friends may recall his CB handle, “Tater Slip” or his nickname, “Joe-Dobber”, but if not, that’s fine; he’ll explain it all when you catch him on the flip side.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Culpepper was preceded in death by a brother, James Mackie Culpepper of Pine Bluff.

Survivors include his sister, Linda Nell Hankins of Palmyra; three sons, Michael Armstrong of Anderson, South Carolina, Brian Culpepper of Fayetteville and Dr. Chris Culpepper of Hot Springs; and five grandchildren.

There will be no service at this time. He enjoyed the educational entertainment, the creative arts and all of the Do-It-Yourself programs on public television; so in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: AETN Foundation 350 S. Donaghey Conway, Arkansas 72034 aetnfoundation.org.

Arrangements by Roselawn Funeral Service and Crematory in Pine Bluff.

 

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