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Jane Aydlett Culpepper

Posted By obits On July 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 39 Comments

Jane Aydlett Culpepper, 89, of Rivershore Road, Elizabeth City, NC died Monday evening, July 20, 2020, in the Albemarle Sentara Medical Center. She was born on September 30, 1930, in Elizabeth City, NC to the late Trim White Aydlett and Maude Evangeline Perry Aydlett and was the widow of the late Levin Butler Culpepper. Jane was a member of the First Baptist Church; a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed working in her garden, playing bridge, and cooking. Not only was Jane a good cook, she was willing to share her special recipes with others to enjoy. Her family and friends were most important to her and she was always willing to give her unconditional love and support.
She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Culpepper Spruill and husband, Walt, of Manteo, NC, a daughter-in-law, Gail Bass Culpepper of Southern Shores, NC, three grandchildren, Jane Hunter Spruill-Causey and husband, Ron, of Edenton, NC, Stephen Tyler Culpepper of Raleigh, NC, and Anna Catherine Culpepper of Raleigh, NC; two great grandchildren, William Levin Causey and Avera Collins Causey both of Edenton, NC. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Catherine Culpepper Hudgins; a son, Stephen Hall Culpepper, a sister, Van Jones, and a brother, Trim Aydlett.
Due to the current conditions associated with the Covid-19 Pandemic, the family will be having a private graveside service in West Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that memorial donations be made to the First Baptist Church, 300 West Main Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 is assisting the Culpepper family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Condolence from Tammie Krauss on July 21st, 2020 5:20 pm

So very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed her visits while working at The Apothecary Shop. She loved talking to Edsel Whaley and was always a pleasure to be around. Prayers of comfort and strength to the family.

Condolence from Karen Sawyer on July 21st, 2020 5:52 pm

Nancy and family, I am so so sorry for your loss. I loved your mama like she was my own. My heart is breaking for you and with you. Ms. Jane (mama) was so sweet to me and I know the love was returned to me the same way as I give to her. I will miss her dearly. I know she is resting in the arms of Jesus. We will see her again I know.

I love you sissy, and I am a call away.

Hugs and kisses,

Condolence from Beth Jennings on July 21st, 2020 6:37 pm

Growing up, I felt like Jane and Levin were a second set of parents for me; they were asked to be my God-Parents because my father and Levin were life-long friends, and they were great, and I loved them and knew them well.
Jane and Levin are back together again and I am sure Jane is rejoicing to reunite with her loves, Levin, Steve and Cathy.❤

Nancy, and all, please know how sorry I am to hear of your loss. I pray for God’s loving arms to wrap around you now and bring you comfort. I will be there with you in spirit during the private service.

Condolence from Marjorie Berry on July 21st, 2020 8:56 pm

I’m so sorry to hear abut Miss Jane’s passing. All my love to the family.

Condolence from Donna S Jones on July 22nd, 2020 8:19 am

To the Family of Jane Culpepper
I am so sorry to read that Jane passed away. I few year ago I met her and she was the sweetest person, so caring. She used to bring little goodies to me that she had made. She also had a great sense of humor. I know she will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Pam Sanders on July 22nd, 2020 8:40 am


I am sorry to hear about “Miss ” Jane – I think she really disliked me calling her that. I truly will miss her personality and generosity. So loved the days at the old cottage and being with her and ” Uncle” Levin. I have lots of memories and will cherish them. Prayers to you and your family.

Pam and JD Sanders

Condolence from Judd White on July 22nd, 2020 9:21 am

I was sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a beautiful fun loving lady!!
My thoughts and prayers with you and your family.

Condolence from Betty Ambrose on July 22nd, 2020 11:02 am

Nancy…..so sorry to hear about my dear friend’s passing. I have such great memories of the countless hours your Mom and I spent at the bridge table together…..and always with a bet on the side. I will miss my bridge buddy. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Much love.


Condolence from Dewey Wells on July 22nd, 2020 11:08 am

Jane and Levin were valued friends, wonderful companions, and citizens dedicated to the betterment of their community. I wish surviving family members well in dealing with our loss.

Condolence from Tricia and Lee Jones on July 22nd, 2020 11:38 am

Nancy and Family
so sorry to hear about Jane, She was a dear friend of my mothers. She was always such a joy to be around. She loved life! She was a wonderful cook.
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Condolence from Rad tillett on July 22nd, 2020 11:45 am

Our deepest sympathy in your great loss

Condolence from Linda & Tony Lombardi on July 22nd, 2020 2:26 pm

Nancy & Family,
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts & prayers are with you & your family during this sad time. Hugs being sent to you.

Condolence from Penny Spence Raby on July 22nd, 2020 3:19 pm

My prayers are with you, Nancy and family. I always thought a lot of your mother. God bless you with comfort and peace.
Penny Spence Raby

Condolence from Sandra Barkley Swain on July 22nd, 2020 3:51 pm

Dear Culpepper family
I don’t know if you are old enough to remember when your family lived in Williams Circle my family were neighbors. Miss Jane was the most beautiful lady inside and out. Even after they moved where ever I saw her she would remember me and we would catch up. Prayers for your family on the loss of a great lady.
Sandra Barkley Swain

Condolence from Landra Cartwright on July 22nd, 2020 7:10 pm

So sorry for your loss. One of the prettiest women I knew growing up. I was always in awe of her.

Condolence from Holly Audette on July 22nd, 2020 9:45 pm

Jane blessed me with a trip to The Culpepper Inn shortly after I moved their with Nancy and I hosted children & grandchildren for Christmas holidays. She was gracious and encouraging. I hear often of how much she and Levin loved and cared for the community. What a tragic loss. Condolences from Michael & Holly Audette, The Culpepper Inn.

Condolence from Mary Aydlett on July 23rd, 2020 3:30 am

My deepest condolences. RIP cousin Jane. You were a lovely lady.

Condolence from Mary Aydlett on July 23rd, 2020 3:37 am

My prayers are with all of you at this difficult time of cousin Jane’s passing. I am Edwin Aydlett’s daughter and although I did not know Jane well, she was a very sweet lady. Dad thought the world of her. May God comfort you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Cindy Robertson on July 23rd, 2020 8:42 am

Nancy I just wanted you to know that your mother was so very nice to me every time we would run into each other. It was always a delight to see her. I pray you have peace during this time and I know she will be missed by many. Cindy Robertson

Condolence from Peggy Corbell Langley on July 23rd, 2020 10:12 am

Jane was indeed, a very classy lady. We worked on a few downtown, waterfront projects together.
Prayers of comfort to her family.
Rest In Peace.
Peggy Corbell Langley

Condolence from Cindy Harris on July 23rd, 2020 11:16 am

My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Jane was a real firecracker! So many fun memories of her with Tudie.

Condolence from Zach and Alexandra Boslau on July 23rd, 2020 9:29 pm

Mrs. Nancy and Hunter,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. We enjoyed being her neighbors, and waving to her each day, and watching Lola. Continued prayers for peace and comfort. She will be missed by so many. She was truly beautiful inside and out.

Condolence from Jody Stowe on July 23rd, 2020 11:20 pm

Nannee will certainly be remembered with love and respect….. always perfectly coiffed , with a smile and a bit of advice to boot ! So sorry Nancy…. much love always.

Condolence from Charles Williams on July 24th, 2020 9:33 am

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Our families have been such good friends. I can imagine our parents and their bridge clubs, supper clubs, poker clubs, etc reunited.
Charles R Williams

Condolence from Mary Donnan Harrison on July 24th, 2020 10:24 am

Nancy, even though I only had the pleasure of meeting your dear Mother twice, I enjoyed my time with her so much. You are certainly her clone! However, Betsy Dawson always spoke so highly of her, I feel like I knew her so much better, because of Betsy.
Please know you have my deepest sympathy, and that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
With love,
Mary Donnan

Condolence from Fran Harris on July 24th, 2020 10:41 am

Fran Williams Harris and family send their condolences during this difficult time. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Fran Harris

Condolence from Linda Mercer on July 24th, 2020 10:58 am

It was my pleasure to visit with Ms. Jane and gather information regarding her father-in-law, Mr. W. T. Culpepper. He was the first to process domesticly grown soybeans in the United States for their oil content and that happened right here in Elizabeth City in 1915. She was very proud of him for that and many other accomplishments. For many, many years every soybean farmer has benefited from his pioneering that process . As a member of a century-plus farming family and as a member of the Agribusiness Council in this area, I appreciate Ms. Jane for her contributions in helping us honor a very important man. We will contine to seek the recognition that Mr. Culpepper deserves.

Condolence from Sherry Gaskins on July 24th, 2020 11:45 am

Nancy so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Laura Twine on July 24th, 2020 12:06 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom. Knowing her , you and your family have always been special memories to me. Keeping you all in prayers ❤️❤️

Condolence from Clifford Perry Culpepper on July 24th, 2020 5:38 pm

Dearest Nancy—
I hate these on-line condolence things, but my hand is not that steady (essential tremor).
You were so kind to speak with me the other day, it meant so much to me.
Of course our hearts are broken.
Billy and I always made a point to visit Jane before Christmas to chat and tell stories. I think it meant something to her.
One lasting memory I have is going to Steve’s funeral and watching you escort Jane….There was just a love so strong, it radiated to where we were. So I hope you will actually read this someday.
Also my love to your extended family.
We will try to come see you when we cone to Kitty Hawk in September.
Much love
Linda and Cliff Culpepper
Oh, by the way, you look like a real Culpepper to me.

Condolence from Karen Johnson on July 24th, 2020 6:11 pm

My condolences on the loss of Jane. We lived across the street from the Culpeppers for many years and knew Jane and Levin. My parents were friends of theirs. I saw her not long ago and she expressed how much she misses “her Levin”. I remember them as I grew up.

Condolence from Karen Johnson on July 24th, 2020 6:19 pm

So sorry to hear of Jane’s passing. I grew up across the street and knew both Levin and Jane. They were friends of my parents, Mildred and “Honey” Johnson. I saw Jane not too long ago and she expressed how much she missed “her Levin”. I remember how beautiful she was and what a lovely couple they were.

Condolence from lloyd griffin on July 25th, 2020 9:09 am

I am sorry for your loss. On of my fondess memories of jane she was looking in the review mirror puttong on some lipstick before going into daddys dental office. She was always full of life and spirited. She will be missed

Condolence from Frank and Geraldine Weeks on July 26th, 2020 3:03 pm

Jane was a member of the greatest generation and a large part of Elizabeth Citys best years. She and Levin were loved and respected through out Eastern North Carolina, she will be missed by us all. I am proud to call her a friend, she was truly one of the noble and great ones. We take comfort in knowing that Jane and Levin are happily reunited as the Savior has promised.

Condolence from The Lamb Family & Staff on July 27th, 2020 9:59 am

Please accept our deepest condolences. May you find strength in knowing that her memory, along with the love and kindness from family and friends will sustain you all in this difficult time.

Joe and Ann Lamb , our family and staff.

Condolence from Gail Chappell Hess on July 27th, 2020 5:25 pm

Nancy and Family, I’m so very sorry to hear about your Mom! Jane was a classic lady and always kind hearted. Prayers and Peace for you all in the coming days.

Condolence from Perrin W. Gardner on July 27th, 2020 9:46 pm

Nancy so sorry to hear about your Mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Rhet’s daughter Perrin Wilkinson Gardner

Condolence from Steven Grace on July 28th, 2020 2:34 pm

Jane was my “Carolina-mom” ever since I had the good fortune to move into an apartment across the street from her home in 1983. Jane, Levin, Steve, Nancy, and Cathy were very kind as they welcomed a young Coast Guardsmen into their family and circle of friends. Too many stories and loving memories to post here. But I’m grateful for each shared memory.

My family (Val, Kirstin, Emily, and Samuel) also knew Jane’s hospitality as we visited many times while on vacation from California. WE have wonderful memories of staying at the “Deacon’s Den”.

I miss my “Carolina-mom” and look forward to the day when we’re reunited with all of our loved ones and will never have to say “Good-bye” again.

My deep love and prayers for Nancy and all the Culpepper/Spruill/Causey families.

Condolence from Stuart Robertson on August 16th, 2020 7:44 pm

Dear Nancy,

I recently started getting the OBX news and saw that your Mother passed.
I am so sorry for your loss.
I was also very grieved to learn that Cathy and Steve have also passed.
What terrible grief you must have/are going through.
Although I have not seen any of you for years, I have never forgotten all the wonderful, fun filled days on the Outer Banks and at the Trading Post.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and to your family.
May God, in His never-ending grace, give you strength and comfort.
Stuart Preston Robertson

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