Arlyn J. Culpepper, age 83, of Fort Walton Beach, FL, and formerly of Marietta, Ga., died Feb. 25, 2019, after complications from lung cancer.
Born Arlyn Joyce Weinberger on Aug. 14, 1935 in Sheboygan, Mrs. Culpepper graduated from Sheboygan North High School and briefly lived in California. In 1956, she married Curtis A. Parker of Atmore, AL. They resided in Sheboygan, WI before moving to Georgia in 1963.
Mrs. Culpepper, whose first marriage ended in divorce, worked for several Marietta companies as a customer service representative. She was an avid knitter and quilter, and she made shawls, blankets and quilts for cancer and other patients as well as for family members.
In 1975, she married James Culpepper, formerly of Marietta and a longtime Lockheed-Georgia employee. They volunteered at Kennestone Hospital and traveled widely, visiting Britain and Japan for the births of their grandchildren, as well as Hawaii and Germany. Other favorite trips were to Nova Scotia and a cruise vacation in Alaska.
She was buoyed by her loyalties to family, friends and her faith, and was involved in many activities at Faith Lutheran Church and School in Marietta, as well as the Enrichment of Life Movement (ELM) in Marietta. The Culpeppers also enjoyed their vegetable garden, often sharing that bounty with others, and dogsitting for their neighbors. They retired to Daytona Beach, FL, in 2003 and Mrs. Culpepper moved to Fort Walton Beach after her husband's death in 2015 to be closer to family.
Mrs. Culpepper was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Culpepper; her parents, Gottfried Weinberger and Anita Rochlus, of Sheboygan; her stepfather, Anton Rochlus of Sheboygan; a sister, Janice Weinberger of Watertown, Wis.; a brother, Robert Weinberger of Sheboygan; a sister-in-law, Annette Weinberger of Powder Springs, Ga.; and a stepson, Clifford Culpepper of Atlanta.
She is survived by a son, Curtis Parker II of Fort Walton Beach; and two daughters, Wendy Parker of Marietta and Julie Parker of Orange Beach, AL. Other survivors include an aunt, Edna Spannagle of Sheboygan, WI.; a brother, William Weinberger of Powder Springs, GA; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Weinberger of Sheboygan, WI, and Ellen Weinberger of Powder Springs, GA; a daughter-in-law, Joela Parker of Fort Walton Beach, FL; a nephew, Jason Weinberger of Gainesville, FL; three nieces, Cindy Knopp and Jennifer Weinberger, both of Sheboygan, WI, and Amy Benton of Dallas, GA; and two grandchildren, Allen and Ella Parker of Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Her family and many friends will always cherish her warmth, friendliness and generosity of spirit, and the unconditional love she showed to those close to her. While she will be missed dearly, her memory will always be a blessing to those she touched.
A memorial service will take place Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1 Meigs Drive, Shalimar, FL, followed by a luncheon in the church fellowship hall.