Johnie Robert Culpepper, 81, of Live Oak Place, Carlsbad, N.M., passed away Dec. 22, 2010, at Covenant Specialty Hospital, Lubbock, Texas. Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, from 4-7 p.m. at Denton-Wood Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Denton- Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop John Vande Kraats conducting. Interment will follow in Carlsbad Cemetery, Carlsbad, N.M. Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard will provide military honors.
Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Johnie Robert Culpepper was born July 30, 1929, in Ruston, La., to Mr. and Mrs. James Daniel Culpepper. Johnie was a member of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He married Evelyn Hickman in 1946 in Roswell, N.M. Johnie was employed for six years in the potash mines, then went into clothing sales.
He was a square dance caller in Roswell for 25 years for the Circle Square, Square Dance Club. He also taught country line dancing for 10 years at the Ponderosa Center (which they owned and operated), both in Roswell. Johnie was an avid Dallas Cowboy football fan and kept abreast of current events by keeping up with the news. He liked traveling, spending time with family, fishing and camping.
Johnie was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. Survivors include wife, Evelyn Culpepper of Carlsbad, N.M.; daughter, Jackie Vaughn and husband, J.B., of Carlsbad, N.M., son, Johnie Lee Culpepper of Carlsbad, N.M.; grandson, Jody Temple and wife, Lennie of Lubbock, Texas; granddaughter, Tammy Berry and husband, Danny, of Roswell, N.M.; five greatgrandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to, CARC, 902 West Cherry Lane, Carlsbad, NM 88220. Condolences may be expressed at dentonwood.com.