52 Ancestors #29 The Musical Earl Culpepper

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This challenge is set forth by No Story Too Small and this week’s theme is “musical.”

Being a professional musician all my life, I’ve always given thought to where my musical talents came from. My mother sang in church. I have a great grandmother and a great great grandfather (different lines) who played a pump organ. I also have a great grandfather from Ireland who played the fiddle. But the one who usually comes to mind is my maternal grandfather Earl Culpepper.

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I have many fond memories of sitting on the front porch with him as he played his guitar and sang. Sometimes he’d even pull out his harmonica and use some contraption around his neck to hold it up to his mouth. He always sang “Hey Good Lookin'” by Hank Williams and sounded a lot like him.

https://youtu.be/KdUmUFuPjqM

Earl was born in Mississippi on Christmas Eve of 1914 to Sam Culpepper and Annie Blanks. He was the eighth child of the union and a girl follow him. At age 21, he married Ina Inez Burke and they had two daughters – one being my mother. Earl worked his whole life at the Burnley Shirt Factory in Meridian. After his wife died in 1975, he married a lady from the factory who was widowed. They married in 1977. Earl died 5 Mar 1994 at the age of 79 at Anderson Hospital following respiratory failure/aspiration pneumonia following a stroke. He was buried next to Ina at Liberty Baptist Cemetery, Duffee, Newton Co, MS. MS death cert no 9405973.

RIP pawpaw and thanks for the music! ♪♫♪

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3 responses to “52 Ancestors #29 The Musical Earl Culpepper

  1. Hi Lori, Ya know My parents were Canadian immigrants and there was NO music around my house growing up. But I found out About a great-aunt who was teaching piano at a conservatory in Battle Creek and an Uncle who was a singer with The LA Phil in the 30’s… It’s in our genes babe… Danny

    • I can’t even fathom growing up without music. Hubby’s family is like that, and at family gatherings, I’m always wondering why they don’t miss having something playing on the radio. Miss you, Danny. Sending love and hugs.

  2. Pingback: 52 Ancestors – 31 Culpepper Line | a day in the life of patootie

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