Levin Culpepper

Levin Culpepper

Levin Butler Culpepper, 91, of 2049 Rivershore Road, Elizabeth City, NC died Thursday, October 31, 2013 in the Albemarle Hospital. He was born in Elizabeth City, NC 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, NC 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 US 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, NC, 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, NC; a son, Stephen Hall Culpepper and wife, Gail of Southern Shores, NC, 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 2:00pm in First Baptist Church by Rev. Christopher Ingram. A gathering of family and friends will be Saturday evening from 7:00 until 8:30pm 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.

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  1. Karen Cahoon

    Mrs. Jane and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Mr Levin’s passing. He was a wonderful man in all ways and will be missed by many. I have many cherished memories visiting him at the office growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

  2. Sam Davis III

    Mrs.Jane, Steve, and Nancy,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time. Levin was a wonderful man of distinction, with whom, very few can compare. I will cherish all of my times with him socially, professionally, and politically. Even a casual visit at the post office box downtown was wonderful with his dry wit and passion for our community. He will be missed by all!
    my love to you all,

  3. phil sawyer

    If you look around Sunday afternoon you will not see Isabelle and Phil. That is because they will be sitting in the nursing home holding hands and thinking of Jane, Nancy, Steve, and the best friend I ever had, Levin. Ever since we went away to school together seventy four years ago, he has been the best. We love each of you but Levin most of all.

  4. Pam and J D Sanders

    Jane, Nancy and Steve,
    so sorry to hear of the passing of “Uncle” Levin. i will always remember the good times i had at your house here and at the beach. our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. vernon bonney

    DEAR JANE: While I have not been active in Elizabeth City in recent years, my association with Levin, both personal and business, remains clear in my mind….what a great human being that I will always be proud to remember.

  6. W. Earl Britt

    Jane. Judy and I were saddened to learn of Levin’s passing. He was a great fellow and will be missed by all who knew him. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Earl Britt

  7. Donna Jones

    Jane, I just heard of Levin’s passing. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved him and took such good care of him. I live in Durham, NC now and am unable to pay my respect in person. I will be thinking of you and your family. Mr. Levin was a sweet man.
    Donna Jones(Dr. Powells former nurse)

  8. Penny Spence Raby

    My heart goes out to all of you. Mr. Culpepper was such a fine man. He will truly be missed. May God bless you with His peace.
    Penny Spence Raby

  9. Mary Ann Aydlett

    Cousin Jane and family,
    The world has lost one of the finest men ever to walk the earth. May God comfort you at this difficult time.
    Mary Ann
    (Daughter of Edwin Aydlett)

  10. Joyce Little Wilkins

    Dear Mrs. Culpepper,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Joyce(Little) Wilkins

  11. Ben and Monika

    “Your father was an amazing man and we never new all the contributions he made in his life to his city, state and our country. He will be certainly be missed by a lot of people. The few times we met him we really enjoyed his company. May he rest in peace.

  12. D. Clay Perkins

    Jane Culpepper and family,

    May God’s grace and peace be with you and your family. Levin was a very good man. He was a friend to Mid-Atlantic Christian University and a fellow Rotarian.

    You are in our prayers.


    D. Clay Perkins

  13. Michael & Lori

    Dear Jane and family:
    Our thoughts and love are with each of you. It is with a heavy heart that we reminisce about our fondest memories of this extraordinary man. He will be greatly missed. Levin’s actions spoke louder than words. He set the bar high.
    Lots of love,
    Michael & Lori

  14. Mitchell Chris Sawyer

    Steve and Nancy, may the loving,comforting arms of our Lord be around you and your family at this time of loss

  15. Bill and Katherine Wassink

    Jane: We both are thinking of you in these difficult days. My memories of Levin go back to 1955 and he should always be remembered as the man who started rebuilding Elizabeth City in the sixties to the vibrant place it is today. It was a privilege to have known him. Bill and Katherine.

  16. Mitchell and Connie Bateman

    Nancy, Walt and Hunter,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God give you peace at this time.

  17. Jean Hoppe Hurston

    Dearest Jane, Steve and Nancy and family: Our connection with your family goes way back and I’m grateful for the blessing of knowing each of you.May our loving Lord surround you with His comfort during your time of loss. With deep affection, Jean

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