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William Culp Sr.

ROCK HILL - Mr. William Leonard "Bill" Culp Sr., 87, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at the Health Care Center of Park Pointe Village.

Burial will be 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Forest Hills Cemetery with the funeral at 1 p.m. at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church with Dr. William Pender officiating.

Bill Culp, the son of the late Leonard Parks Culp and Caroline Smith Culp, was born in Rock Hill on Feb. 27, 1920. He attended Winthrop Training School and Presbyterian College. He served in World War II and retired as a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He served Winthrop University for 50 years, first as Physical Plant Director and later as Assistant Vice-President for Campus Renovations and Special Projects. The Culp Chiller Plant at Winthrop was named for him in 1997.

He was a member of the Rotary Club of Rock Hill, and in 1984 he received the highest award a Rotarian can receive, the Paul Harris Fellow Award for community achievement. He was also on the Y.M.C.A. Board of Directors, a volunteer cooperative weather observer for the National Weather Service, a Boy Scout leader, and a Senior Elder at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church. As a member of the S.C. Football Officials Association, he traveled over the state for almost 50 years refereeing high school football games.

He was the widower of Dorothy Ann Sims Culp and Kathryn Revels Lowther Culp. He was also predeceased by a sister, Marcia C. McCarty and two brothers, Joe Burnett Culp and Lt. Col. James Lewis Culp.

Surviving are his daughter, Dorothy Culp Farmer and husband, Art of Greenville; his son, Dr. William L. Culp Jr. and wife, Janice of Rock Hill; twin grandsons, Charles William Culp and Alexander Joseph Culp, both of Charleston; and two sisters, Louise C. Lesslie and Helen M. Culp, both of Rock Hill.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 tonight at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, S.C. 29730 or Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 993, Rock Hill, S.C. 29731.

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