Frances Smith Culbertson
Frances Smith Culbertson
  • May 19, 1922 - January 16, 2017
  • West Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - On Monday, January 16, 2017, Frances Blackmon Smith Culbertson greeted her Lord and Savior peacefully at home. Mrs. Culbertson, widow of Brig. General Charles Boyd Culbertson (USAFR) was born in Rock Hill, S.C., she was a daughter of the late George Dewey Smith and Exie Hoffman Smith.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community, West Columbia, S.C., with The Rev. Dr. Bill Bouknight officiating. A reception will follow the service in the Atrium. Memorials may be made to Trenholm Road United Methodist Church Foundation, 3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29204; the South Carolina United Methodist Foundation, P. O. Box 5087, Columbia, SC 29250; or to Still Hopes Retirement Community Residents Fund, P.O. Box 2959, West Columbia, SC 29171.

Frances was employed as secretary to the City Manager in Rock Hill, S.C. when she met and married the love of her life, Charles Boyd Culbertson of Laurens, S.C. who was serving as a civilian flight instructor for the United States Army Air Corps in Rock Hill. After a wedding in St. Joseph, Missouri, she relocated to Laurens, S.C. as a new bride where she worked as secretary to the Personnel Director for Laurens Mill, Laurens, S.C. When she and her husband later moved to Columbia, she was secretary to the Assistant Attorney General for the South Carolina Tax Commission and later employed as secretary to the Press Secretary during Governor Ernest Fritz Hollings administration until she became a Mother. Frances loved playing bridge, entertaining friends and family. She was a true southern lady who dearly loved her Lord and family. Mrs. Culbertson was a member of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl Culbertson and Dr. Felix Figueroa of Columbia; two grandchildren, Lauren Culpepper and Ashley Culpepper of Columbia; five great-grandchildren, Savannah Busby, Kyla Busby, Dylan Busby, Ashton Culpepper and Annabella Culpepper of Columbia; two nieces, Frances Templeton Fennell and her husband Richard of Southport, N.C. and Carolyn Culbertson Pope and her husband Bob of Waynesville, N.C.; two nephews, Warren “Cubby” Culbertson and his wife Susan of Columbia and Charlie Culbertson and his wife Nancy of Little Rock, Ark. She is also survived by step-granddaughter, Stacey Figueroa Heilman and her husband David of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; two step-grandsons, Trey Figueroa of Raleigh, NC, Dr. Robert Figueroa and his wife CJ of Mooresville, NC; and four step great-grandchildren, Cameron and Harper Figueroa of Mooresville, N.C. and Hudson and Bennett Heilman of Mt. Pleasant.

Mrs. Culbertson was predeceased in death by her husband of 71 years, Brig. General Charles Culbertson; her sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Bruce Templeton of Columbia; her brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Ruby Culbertson, of Laurens.

The family would like to personally thank her many friends, neighbors and fellow church members for their care, concern and acts of kindness. They are especially appreciative to all the residents and staff of Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community and Solutions for Living at Home for helping make her life enjoyable over the last several years. Deep gratitude also goes to her numerous devoted private duty caregivers. Special thanks to Tanya Roland, Willidean Ferguson, and special friend India Roland-Vone. The family would like to thank Terri Woodruff, Nurse Practitioner with LTC Health Solutions along with Annie and Lisa of Agape Hospice for their devotion and superb professional care during her final months.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.

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