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Baskin Jackson Culpepper

March 5, 1936 - November 25, 2016

Obituary


Baskin Jackson (BJ) Culpepper passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 with his family by his side. He was 80 years young at the time of his passing. Mr. Culpepper’s cremated remains will be scattered at a later date in his hometown in Louisiana.



Mr. Culpepper was born March 5, 1936 to Archie Lee and Venia Belle (Stewart) Culpepper in Weston, LA. He was the first son and second of seven children born to his parents. He left school at an early age to help his parents, but would later go on to...

Baskin Jackson (BJ) Culpepper passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 with his family by his side. He was 80 years young at the time of his passing. Mr. Culpepper’s cremated remains will be scattered at a later date in his hometown in Louisiana.



Mr. Culpepper was born March 5, 1936 to Archie Lee and Venia Belle (Stewart) Culpepper in Weston, LA. He was the first son and second of seven children born to his parents. He left school at an early age to help his parents, but would later go on to receive his GED while in the Navy. Mr. Culpepper served in the Navy from 1955 to 1959 aboard the USS Rochester, where he traveled to Hawaii, Japan and the Philippines as a deep sea diver and underwater welder. He very proudly obtained his one and only tattoo while in the Philippines – a large eagle that covered his chest from shoulder to shoulder.



Mr. Culpepper married Betty Elizabeth Walsworth on August 16, 1957. They had met when he was 8 and she was 6 when they lived in a small town in Northern Louisiana. Mr. Culpepper worked for various companies throughout the state of Louisiana until he hired on with Tri-State Oil Tool (later Baker Hughes) in the early 70’s. He transferred to Kenai, Alaska in August of 1977 and worked his way up to Fishing Tool Supervisor. He retired from Baker Hughes in 2008 at the age of 72.



Upon the passing of his wife in April of 2010, Mr. Culpepper decided his time in Alaska had come to an end and he wanted to move to warmer climes. He packed up his truck and drove with a family member to DeSoto, TX where he remained until the time of his passing. He said the scenery during the trip was a sight to behold and was very happy he had the opportunity to make the drive.



Mr. Culpepper was known as “Buck” to his Father, Daddy to his daughters and Pappie to his grandchildren and great-grandsons. He had a deep love of the outdoors that stemmed from his childhood. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and taught all the children how to fish. Everyone received their special tackle box and first fishing pole from Daddy/Pappie. Mr. Culpepper later developed an interest in archery that led him to making his own bows and arrows in his spare time. He was a very kind and patient man who was well-respected by all who knew him. He had a great knack for telling stories of his past that everyone loved to hear.



His family wrote: The best times I had with Dad were spent fishing, enjoying the great outdoors, watching NASCAR and the New Orleans Saints’ football games. He loved to tell everyone that I was his fishing buddy and I truly could not have been more honored. Daddy loved to build things for the family, including planter boxes to grow our own vegetables. His garden overflowed with the vegetables he planted, and he graciously shared them with those around him. With his welding skills, he hand built large bar-b-que grills and smokers that cooked many pounds of meat and smoked just as much salmon. He had a special recipe for smoked salmon that he spent time sharing with his grandson, Bryan. Our Dad was a man of many talents and we are thankful for all that he shared with his family. He will be greatly missed.



Mr. Culpepper is survived by his daughters, Marsha Dillon of DeSoto, Texas and Kimberly King of Northglenn, Colorado; grandson, Bryan Payne of San Francisco, California; granddaughters, Brandy Payne of DeSoto, Texas and Karri Hutchings and her husband, Shea, of Soldotna, Alaska; great grandsons Kaiden and Deakin of Soldotna, Alaska and Atticus Morris of DeSoto, Texas. Mr. Culpepper is also survived by his sister, Frances Toler; many family members in the state of Louisiana and his special “hound dog”, Simon.



He is preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Betty Elizabeth Culpepper; parents, Archie and Venia Culpepper; brothers, James, Jerry and Raymond Culpepper and sisters, Helen Borland and Barbara Pardee.