SHERIDAN — Mrs. Paytee Irene Blackwell Culpepper passed away at her home in Sheridan, Ark., on Sunday morning, March 3, 2013, at the age of 91.
She was born on August 28, 1921, in Noxapater, Miss., to the late Joseph and Lula Blackwell.
On October 15, 1938, she was married to the late W. Jay Culpepper in the First Christian Church of Pine Bluff.
She lovingly served as a devoted wife and mother to seven children. She was a fifty-seven year member of the Sheridan Chapter #212 Order of the Eastern Star and treasurer at Center Grove Methodist Church for several decades. She enjoyed reading, needlepoint work, rose gardening, studying the Bible, baking bread for communion, and serving the church.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Clinton and Jay Glenn Culpepper; grandson, Chris Culpepper; and siblings Roy, Troy, Don, Wren, Clint, and Hazel Blackwell.
Survivors include: Brenda Haynes, Cynthia and Jimmy Winston, Gary and Maryanne Culpepper, Barry and Sandy Culpepper all of Sheridan, Paul Culpepper of Atlanta, Texas, and daughter-in-law Libbie Culpepper of Fordyce; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers include all 12 of her grandchildren: Jay Glenn Culpepper, Jr., Stephanie Haynes, Landon Culpepper, Mynde Emerson, Marc Haynes, Jennifer Hollis, Candi Finley, Micah Culpepper, Angela Little, Lori Culpepper, Courtney Huff, and Matt Culpepper.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Winston, Marc Haynes, Landon Culpepper, Stacy Finley, Chip Culpepper, Mark Culpepper, Eddie Culpepper, and Corlis Holliman.
Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. at Center Grove United Methodist Church in Sheridan on March 5, 2013, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m.
Burial will follow at Center Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Center Grove United Methodist Church Memorial Fund in care of Brenda Haynes, 93 Grant 270040, Sheridan, Arkansas 72150.
Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan (870)942-1306. To sign the online guestbook, www.memorialgardenssheridan.com