Elizabeth “Libbi” Culpepper, 1944-2014

Elizabeth “Libbi” Ann Richardson Culpepper, 69, of Fordyce passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Greenhouse Cottages of Southern Hills in Rison. 
Born June 13, 1944, in Indianola, Miss., she was a daughter of the late Rev. H.O. Richardson and Sarah Holland Richardson. Raised as a minister’s daughter, she later became a minister’s wife, and her love of music was fostered and grew throughout her life and marriage. As a wonderful cook, her ministry included the making of communion bread in all the churches she and her husband, Jay, served, including Sulphur Springs, Bearden, First UMC Pine Bluff, Western Hills, Asbury UMC Magnolia, Carlisle and England. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Jay Glynn Culpepper Sr., a United Methodist pastor; and a brother, Bill Richardson. She is survived by a stepson, Jay Glynn Culpepper, Jr. of Moataca, Va.; four daughters, Leslie Johnson Brown and Melissa Johnson Chu of Harrison and Mynde Culpepper Emerson and Candi Culpepper Finley of Fordyce; a brother, Buddy Richardson of Texarkana, Texas; a sister, Kay Herrin of Pine Bluff; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. 
A memorial service was held Sunday, May 25, at Center Grove United Methodist Church Sheridan. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Children’s Day Out Preschool at First United Methodist Church Fordyce, 104 E. 4th St., Fordyce, AR 71742.