Al Sullivan Culberson passed away November 22, 2022, at Baylor Scott and White Hospital. He was 86. Al was born in Houston, Texas in 1936 the eldest son of four children. He graduated from Hempstead High School and went to Texas A&M University joining the Corps of Cadets. During a cadet football game Al re-injured his knee and was informed that due to his injury he would not be able to serve in the military.
Al then went on to Sam Houston State University where he joined the Don social fraternity, graduated and was a supporting Alumnus. Al worked for the Charlotte Observer where he met and married the love of his life Jewell. They returned to Hempstead to raise their son Scott and then welcome their daughter Audra.
Al worked at Texas Aniline Dye Company until his retirement in 2020. Al served the community of Hempstead faithfully, supporting the band, sports, drama and the schools in general. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Hempstead and the Methodist Men where he would serve pancakes to the Hempstead High School Seniors and always be ready to cut meat for a Bar-B-Cue. He and Jewell also served as Youth leaders. Al was also a member of the Hempstead Lions club, served as President, Tail Twister and other posts. He was a Thirty Second Degree Mason and Master of St. Andrew Masonic Lodge #702 A.F. & A.M. in Charlotte, North Carolina and was recognized by the Hempstead Masonic Lodge #749 A.F. & A.M. for 60 years of service to the Masons in 2019.
Al supported the Boy Scouts of America, Hempstead Troop 108 as a youth and an adult leader and Magnolia Troop 1114 as an adult leader. He attended the Boy Scout National Jamboree at Valley Forge in 1950 as a youth and again in 2010 at Fort A.P. Hill Virginia as an Adult Volunteer. Al moved to Kruse Village, Brenham, Texas in 2021 where he looked forward to playing bingo and winning candy with his friends. He was a devoted and supporting husband, father and his grandchildren knew him as Paw Paw.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Scott and Kim Culberson and grandchildren Gavin Culberson and Gillian Culberson; his daughter and son-in law Audra and Ryan Ogrodowicz and grandchildren Elias Ogrodowicz, Elise Ogrodowicz, Everett Ogrodowicz, Everly Ogrodowicz, Eleanor Ogrodowicz. He is also survived by his sister Key Lecamu and husband L.J. Lecamu Jr. of Hempstead, TX. Preceded in death by loving wife, Jewell Culberson, sister Jacqueline Culberson, sister Carolyn Trevino, mother Tillie Wischnewski Culberson, and father Dunk Sullivan Culberson.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday, 10:00am, November 26, 2022, First Methodist Church, 7th and Main, Hempstead, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Al Culberson to The Hempstead Lions Club, 945 12th Street, Hempstead, Texas 77445 or Hempstead Masonic Lodge, P.O. Box 14, Hempstead, Texas 77445.