The Rev. Alta Marie Culpepper, 83 years, 11 months and 22 days, of Mt. Vernon, died 1:25 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015, at her home in Mt. Vernon. She was born Friday, March 20, 1931, in Marion, Ind., the daughter of Richard Henderson and Lillie Leona (McCain) Culpepper. The Rev. Culpepper was a pastor at a church in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Assembly of God in Chillicothe and First Assembly of God in McLeansboro. She was a radio program evangelist for W.M.C.L. in McLeansboro, W.G.G.H. in Marion and another in Sturgis, Mich. Alta traveled as an evangelist along with Irene Gourlas for at least 10 years in revivals and kids crusades. She owned and operated Words of Life Book Store in Mt. Vernon. She is survived by brother, John Thomas Culpepper of McLeansboro; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Richard L. Culpepper; and two sisters-in-law, Ruth Culpepper and Mary Culpepper. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, MArch 19, at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Blake Clayton officiating. Interment will be at Oddfellows Cemetery in McLeansboro. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. For those who wish, memorials may be given to the American Heart Association and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.
Published on  March 16, 2015