Neil Shannon Culpepper
OAKWOOD - Neil Shannon Culpepper, 51, of Oakwood, passed away at noon November 1, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Ill.
Neil was born September 25, 1968, the son of Shirley Ann Trusler and John Wayne Culpepper in Belleville, Ill.
Survivors include his mother, Shirley (Ed) Dreher of Oakwood; one brother, Derek Sanders; three sisters, Andrea Culpepper, Cathi Saunders and Connie Cannon; one niece, Emily (Colton Murray) Cannon; three aunts, Patty Miller, Brenda Demos and Mary (Ed) Nuku; his "Beverage Buddy," uncle Wayne Trusler; grandmother, Louise Trusler; as well as several special cousins and close friends.
Neil was the owner of Culpepper Studios, where he was a hairstylist for many years. He was a very giving and caring person and actively involved in several charitable organizations including the Festival of Trees, Rock Camp for Kids, the American Red Cross and various animal rights organizations.
Neil was the organizer for a Masquerade Ball for Reagan's Rescue and a "Hair of the Dog" event for a dog shelter. He loved his dog "Niko" and bringing his family and friends together for gatherings and events. Neil was always ready to celebrate and have a wonderful time with those he loved.
After exhausting all treatment options for a recent cancer diagnosis, he had prepared himself for the end. He was surrounded by loved ones, and at peace when the final moment came.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 6, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61834, with Matt Hester officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials in Neil's memory may be made to the family to offset expenses or to the animal shelter of the donor's choice. Please join Neil's family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his Tribute Wall at
Published on November 4, 2019


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Bobby Vice
Nov 06, 2019
Shirley, and family,
Even though we had not spoken in about 6 months, I am still going to miss my first friend. Growing up on Moore St. wasn’t easy, but my dear friend made it a lot more fun. I remember when we used to go to his grandmothers house and she would always feed us. I also remember getting into trouble with the neighbor, but that was what made it a lot of fun. We didn’t have much money back then but we didn’t need it to have fun. We were both creative souls and found all types of things to do. I didn’t know what he was going through , and I was going through the same thing. I guess I should have been a little more aggressive when I talked about going to New York last Chris
...tmas for me a cancer break. I guess that he needed one too!
Dereck, he really loved you, but you were a pain in the butt back then.. that’s why he didn’t want you around us... I hope that you can understand that now.
He was a creative soul and he is not suffering anymore. I might be currently cancer free but I don’t know if I would go through it again either, it’s a lot to go through.. My deepest and most sincerest heartfelt sympathy for you all, much love, Bobby Vice
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Nov 05, 2019
When I lived I Champaign, Neil was an institution. One of the most generous, genuine persons I’ve met there!
Bobby Vice
Nov 05, 2019
Shirley, and family,
You realize that he was a special and unique person. I wish that we could have went to New York for Christmas last year! He was very busy, and dealing with my own cancer has made the past two years very hard for me to do more. I had surgery last week from the air affects from the radiation. I wish that I could be there to say goodbye to my first friend. I hope that you can find peace knowing that he doesn't have to worry about anything because he is up there with his grandma getting ready for the holidays.
I wish you call peace and love, and hold on to the memories that you made together.