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Frederick Malcolm Culp

              Fred Culp

In the early morning of July 5, 2017 Frederick Malcolm Culp passed away. Mr. Culp, 89, leaves a host of family, friends, former students and lovers of history. Born in Edison, Tenn. on December 31, 1927 to parents, Fred Culp and Carrie Childress Culp, he was the only son. Older sisters were Aileen and Estelle.
His early education was at Edison School and his dad’s country store. He graduated from Peabody High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in History at Lambuth College in Jackson.
Culp taught history at Peabody High School from 1951-1990. After retirement he was affiliated with the Westwin Stores.
He served as Gibson County Historian from 1960 until his death. In 2016 he founded the Fred Culp Historical Museum, which houses his lifetime history collection. Culp was the co-author of Gibson County-Past and Present-the only complete history of Gibson County. He was an often-quoted source in numerous history books and research and a primary source of knowledge that few have ever attained.
He leaves nephews, Alfred Barker (Sara), Jack Ragan (Brenda) and Joe Maurice Barker; niece, Mary Rybak (Ted); numerous great-nieces and nephews, Bill Hodges (Stacey), Franky Hodges (Sandy) and Bo Barton (Shannon); and many life-long friends.
Mr. Culp was an unassuming, generous man who lived his life with a fervent dedication to his calling. He was a teacher to his very last breath. He was a proud Democrat, a scholar and a worthy friend. His wisdom and wit will live long after him.
As with so many great teachers his lessons extended beyond those classroom walls to what makes each of us wonder at the world and our purpose in it. We shall miss him.
Visitation was Friday, July 7 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from10 a.m. until service time.  Services were held at Shelton Funeral Home in Trenton at 11 on July 8. Interment followed at Oak Grove Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Fred Culp Historical Museum, 1032 High Street Trenton, Tennessee or the Fred Culp Scholarship fund with Peabody Alumni Association.

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