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Gerald Culpepper

April 9, 1951 - January 9, 2022

Posted by:
April Welsh

Posted on:
February 2, 2022

I will miss you uncle Jerry more then you will ever know ! You taught me so much over the years that I will never forget . You were a wonderful husband to Aunt Michele ! I will cherish the memories I have forever ! I am so sorry Aunt Michele my hurt hearts so much for you !

Posted by:
Mary Hause

Posted on:
February 1, 2022

Jerry's wit stood out in the crowd as early as the school age days at Washington Elementary School. We often stood head to head at the finales of spelling bees (I whooped him when he forgot to capitalize "Lincoln") but it's his 3rd grade show-and-tell act that makes me smile to this day. He cut a square out of a cardboard box and somehow placed it on a table with his head showing, and from there he dazzled us with tv commercials. ? Always a kind soul and gentleman and forever brilliant, you will be missed my friend. My heart goes out to Michelle and family.

Posted by:
Kit & Peter Thompson

Posted on:
January 24, 2022

We so appreciated Jerry's kindness, humor, and knowledge of books, history, and literature. Peter always enjoyed stopping in the bookstore to browse the shelves and especially to talk with Jerry. Fond memories of the time Jerry and Michele came to our house to help us go through our library. Both of you were so very courteous, and your thoughtful selection of books was impressive. Our deepest condolences to you at the passing of this fine man.

Posted by:
Gary Schweizer

Posted on:
January 24, 2022

We attended Washington grade school back in the 1950s. What a great neighborhood we grew up in. Will always remember playing football with Jerry on N Union as kids. RIP Jerry

Posted by:
Mary Lynn

Posted on:
January 23, 2022

I met Jerry way back in the little bookstore on St. Helen's (at least that's where I think it was). I walked in and asked about a particular book and had a wonderful book conversation with a very nice man - Jerry, of course. I never forgot that first conversation and loved Jerry from that moment on. Kind, funny, smart, thoughtful, interesting... a treasure. Sending love to you, Michele. I know how hard this is.

Posted by:
Craig Johnson

Posted on:
January 23, 2022

I met Gerald in 1963 playing Little League Baseball for the Garfield Tigers. Being that he played Catcher & I was a Pitcher, an immediate bond was formed. I used to stop by his first store downtown near Woolworths, where he had a Ping Pong Table set up, Many a game would be the result of such visits. Always swung by his 6th Ave. place & later on Proctor. We had many long conversations while in line at the Proctor Safeway. I have never met a kinder, , gentler soul than Cerald...RIP old friend...

Posted by:
Sarah Fletcher

Posted on:
January 22, 2022

Michelle I am so sorry for. your loss. I always felt so welcome whenever I stopped by Culpepper Books. Sometimes with many of your friends there and other times just Jerry and I. We laughed and caught up on our lives and the world happenings. I would bring in my grandkids, they never with out a book in had. Driving past your house one day you had chairs outside and you all the "boys" were hanging out. Being save from Covid but connected. It made me smile. Jerry will be missed . Sarah

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Anonymous

Posted on:
January 22, 2022

I loved visiting the bookstore. Jerry always had a smile for me and a pat for my dog. He was wonderful about recommending books. It was as if he’d read every book on the shelves. Always fun to see him and his friends sitting and shooting the breeze by the register. I am grateful to have been able to enjoy this neighborhood treasure.

Posted by:
Vini Fraga & Tina Dietrich

Posted on:
January 22, 2022

Michelle, We are so very sorry for your loss. Jerry was one of a kind!! We have fond memories of Jerry and he will be truly missed. We are thinking of you and yours, in our hearts and prayers. Vini & Tina

Posted by:
Beth Magden

Posted on:
January 22, 2022

I got to know Jerry & Michelle through my husband Ron Magden. Wonderful people. Ron so enjoyed stopping by the book store often. His kids grew up with the CuIpepper kids as neighbors & he knew & loved them all but I think Jerry was a favorite. I know Jerry & Ron are having lively, witty conversations together now. Blessings and peace to you, Michelle.

Posted by:
Cynthia Charest

Posted on:
January 22, 2022

A beautiful spirit! His love and guidance live forever ?.

Posted by:
Phil lunke

Posted on:
January 22, 2022

I first met jerry playing tackle football at Jefferson park, we played there for many years. You could not help to like jerry he was one of a kind

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George BOURCIER

Posted on:
January 20, 2022

I met Jerry and Michele in 2020 when they relocate their book store in the space formerly occupied by my business. We were business neighbors and friends for nearly 20years. When out and about in the neighborhood I would always stop by to experience the wit and intelligence of JC. More often than not, Jerry was ruling over his court, the members of the USUAL SUSPECTS. , Ralph, Bill, Don , Dave and others. Jerry and Michele had a family in their store. We miss you Jerry.

Posted by:
Brian Culpepper

Posted on:
January 19, 2022

My Uncle Jerry was one of a kind. A great-caring uncle that I can’t remember ever seeing mad at somebody. He always had a recommendation for a good book and gave me so many books throughout my life. I used to rent a condo not far from the proctor street book store and would stop by often. It was a neighborhood hangout & treasure you don’t see often these days. I miss my Uncle Jerry.

Posted by:
Mary Langlois

Posted on:
January 19, 2022

At a time of great loss in my life, I stumbled into Culpepper Books, met Gerry and Richard and found a lifeline. Ever grateful for your warm welcome over the years. ~Mary

Posted by:
Robin Culpepper

Posted on:
January 18, 2022

I was lucky to have you as a brother . I will love you forever,Rest in peace Jerry I know you will be missed by many

Posted by:
Bob Lisenbee

Posted on:
January 18, 2022

Michelle, I am very sorry for your loss.

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