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Col. Burford Wallace Culpepper M.D., Ph.D.

M, b. 29 March 1928, d. 6 December 2007
FatherJames Wallace Culpepper b. 2 Apr 1902, d. 20 Feb 1981
MotherMartha Elizabeth Burford b. 16 Nov 1907, d. 12 Sep 1993
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants (#1)
John Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants (#2)
Last Edited7 Oct 2010
     Burford has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Joseph Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC, who is a son of Robert Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, the son of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA. Burford was born on 29 March 1928.1 He was the son of James Wallace Culpepper and Martha Elizabeth Burford. Burford was listed as a son in James Wallace Culpepper's household on the 1930 Census at Adamsville, Fulton Co., Georgia.2 His Social Security Number was issued between 1936 and 1950 in Georgia.1 Burford's occupation: physician. Burford resided at Winder, Barrow Co., Georgia.3 Burford resided at Victoria, Victoria Co., Texas, in 1980. He died at Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas, on 6 December 2007 at age 79.3,1 Burford Wallace Culpepper, age 79, formerly of Winder, GA, passed away Dec. 6, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.3 Burford was in the Air Force for several years, and was one of the first pilots to break the sound barrier. The following is from an unknown source: WINS DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS -- At a day long spectacular on Armed Forces Day at Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Oscoda, Mich. Capt. Burford W. Culpepper received the D.F.C. medal -- one of the six highest of the Air Force -- for "personal courage, airmanship, and devotional to duty" on a history-making flight over a Nevada test site July, 1957. Captain Culpepper earned his reward by flying a "back-up" air craft supporting an F-89-J that launched an MB-I "Genie" missile -- the first air-to-air weapon equipped with a nuclear warhead. The captain's citation praised him for subjecting himself to "radiation blast effects" to help prove the "feasibility and practicability of safe fighter-inteceptor delivery of an air-to-air missile." Witnessing the Air Force honor bestowed on their son were Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Culpepper of Atlanta, Ga. who flew up for the event. The captain, who is the grandson of Mrs. Belle Culpepper of Cullman, was transfered on June 20th for a staff-flying assignment at Eastern Air Defense Force headquarters at Stewart A.F.B., New York.
     As Col. Burford W. Culpepper, M. D., he was Commanding Officer of the SAC Air Force Base in Omaha, NE. He retired from the Air Force and in 1977 was working as a doctor for Dupont. Mrs. Eleanor Culpepper Willingham wrote in a 6 Aug 1986 letter that Burford "is Chief Medical advisor for Dupont. He has an M.D. Degree and also Ph.D."


  1. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
    Burford Wallace Culpepper, 29 Mar 1928 - 6 Dec 2007, Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas 75225, SSN 258-36-2655 issued in Georgia before 1951
    (Why it is safe to publish Social Security numbers for deceased people:
  2. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 151, page 5A, Bakers Ferry Road, Adamsville, Fulton Co., GA
    Rent=$35, Radio=N, Farm=N
    James W. Culpepper, Head, M, 28, M, md @ 24, AL/GA/AL, Wholesale Drug Salesman
    Martha B. Culpepper, Wife, F, 22, M, md @ 18, GA/GA/GA
    Burford W. Culpepper, Son, M, 2, S, GA/AL/GA
    Florence E. Culpepper, Dau, F, 6/12, S, AL/AL/GA.
  3. Gwinnett Daily Post, Lawrenceville, GA.
    Obituary of Burford Wallace Culpepper (#35172), published 30 Apr 2008.