WEST FRANKFORT — Paul Wayne Culpepper, 88, passed away at 4:12 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
Paul was born Dec. 11, 1930, in West Frankfort, to Roy Sr. and Beulah (Wall) Culpepper.
He was a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict 571 Composite Company attached to the 4th infantry and stationed in Alaska.
He was a 32-degree Mason and a Shriner.
Paul worked for Table Pride Bakery for 14 years, Norge, Olin's, Inland Steel Coal, and retired from Old Ben 25.
He attended St. John's Catholic Church in West Frankfort. He married Elizabeth McGhee on Oct. 2, 1954, and she survives.
He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Culpepper; parents; brother, Roy Jr. (Louise) Culpepper; sisters, Mildred (Bob) Knepp, Barbara Culpepper, Patsy Culpepper, Ruby (Allen) Estes.
Paul is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Culpepper; children, Joseph (Mary Beth) Culpepper, Daniel (Amy) Culpepper, and Susan (Chris) Aaron; sister, Sandra Evard; daughter-in-law, Brenda Kuhl; seven grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, in Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, with Brother Mike Cash and Monsignor Bill McGhee officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in West Frankfort. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Catholic Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.