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Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church
Saturday February 18th, 2017
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Sunday February 19th, 2017

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Ben Fisher Culp

Ben Fisher Culp, 62, of Gold Hill, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Carolinas Healthcare System—Northeast following a short battle with pancreatic cancer. A celebration of Ben’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, where he was a faithful member and grateful servant. The Rev. Bruce Gwyn will officiate, and burial will follow in the family plot at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Gold Hill. The Culp family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the MPUMC sanctuary. A life-long Cabarrus County resident, Ben was born in Rowan County on Oct. 1, 1954, the oldest of three children of the late Fisher Leonard Culp and Rachel Hill Culp. At the time of his death, Ben was a proud owner and president of Culp Brothers Inc., a family-owned grading and road construction business started by his father and uncles in 1960. Ben was a 1972 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School where he played football and ran track, served as student council president and was voted senior class superlative “most leadership ability” by his classmates. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1976 with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. A die-hard Wolfpack fan for life, Ben was partial to the color red, and his family asks that all persons attending the visitation and celebration of his life wear something red to honor Ben and his avid support of NC State. Go Wolfpack! A talented and natural Mr. Fix-it, Ben enjoyed the study of history, particularly American history, and had crisscrossed our nation from east to west and south to north (with side trips to Canada and Mexico) to visit historic monuments, hike the national parks and witness the lives of everyday people, all to help him better understand and appreciate our great country. A loving father and husband, Ben was particularly proud of his three “girls” and his son. His primary love and hobby, however, was being Papaw to his four grandbabies. What he taught them about gardening, taking in the wonders of nature while playing in the yard, and the respect commanded by the tractors and heavy equipment when he gave them rides on both are priceless memories of happier times that will keep their Papaw alive in their hearts forever. Ben is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dianne Jones Culp; three daughters, Carmen C. Sargent (Christopher); Natalie C. Whitley (Austin); and Melissa C. Hinson (Blake); a son, Adam Ben Culp; four grandchildren, Leonard Austin Whitley, Hannah Renae Sargent, Grace Michelle Whitley and Tucker William Sargent; a brother, Jay Tillman Culp (Betsy); and a sister, Janet C. Wagoner (Robin); and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 237, Mt Pleasant, NC, 28124.

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Jay, Betsy, and family... I am so sorry for your loss. My sympathy and prayers are with all of you. love. Danita Lomax

Danita Lomax Feb 19 2017 12:00 AM

You all are in our thoughts and prayers!

Charles and Susan Shinn Feb 18 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ben Culp

Charles and Susan Shinn Feb 18 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Dianne, We are so very sorry for your loss! Ben was a great man and will be missed by so many. He was such a loving person and his love for you and his family showed so clearly. We are praying for you and the family. Charles and Susan Shinn

Charles and Susan Shinn Feb 18 2017 12:00 AM

The Fred Hammill Family... Feb 17 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ben Culp

The Fred Hammill Family... Feb 17 2017 12:00 AM

Jesus said "Let not your heart be troubled. I go and prepare a place for you...so that where I am, there you may be also. ...My peace I leave with you." John 14 Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Vickie, Jesse, Isaac, Tony and Ari

Vickie Adams Feb 17 2017 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Culp's passing. Praying for the family during this difficult time.

Ronald, Janice & Magan Eury Feb 16 2017 12:00 AM

Dear all, I was so sorry to hear that Ben is no longer with us in body, but at at least for me and I'm sure for all of you he'll always be with me as a precious memory of the Culp Bunch from old and from recent days. Alan has kept me in touch with your family over the years and I will miss Ben. Know that during this time, you have a lot of family folks with their arms around you including me.. Becky Martel

Becky Culp Martel Feb 16 2017 12:00 AM

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