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Bobby K Culpepper

September 7, 1941 – November 24, 2020

Bobby (Bob) K Culpepper, 79, of Friendswood, TX passed away in his home Tuesday morning, November 24, 2020.  He was born to parents Walter and Exa (McAlexander) Culpepper in Elk City, OK on September 7, 1941.  He was raised in Reed, OK where he graduated from High School in 1959.  He spent his years there working on his parent's farm.  He earned his BS in Physics and Mathematics at Southwestern State in Oklahoma in 1963.  He met and married the love of his life, Norma Tullos in 1965.  He earned his Masters and then his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas in 1971.

Bob fathered 3 children:  Scott, Laura, and Cynthia.  After graduating with his BS, he worked at NASA.  After earning his PhD he began work at McDonnell Douglas in 1971.  In 1979, he and 6 friends worked together to write a proposal for NASA and won the bid – thus began the birth of their company Barrios Technology.  He continued work as a contractor of NASA for many years at Barrios, Lincom, and other companies until his retirement from Metecs.

Bob accepted Christ as his Savior at a young age.  His family was blessed to have a foundation of faith to grow upon.  He was ordained as a deacon in churches in Allendale, New Orleans, and Friendswood.  He was ordained as a Minister in League City in 1978 and among other services in the church, taught 9th Grade Sunday School.  Bob and Norma joined First Baptist Friendswood in 1979 and have been active members ever since serving in a variety of roles.  He was an avid reader of the Bible and read through it numerous times.  He was unashamed and encouraged others to follow in faith.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Culpepper, his children, Scott Culpepper, Laura McCrary, Cynthia Lowery and their spouses, six grandchildren: Jacob, Abigail, Hannah, and Micah McCrary and Reagan and Reece Lowery, his sister Ella Sherrill, and many loved nieces and nephews and his two goddaughters Ashton and Audrey Cruz.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Walter and Exa Culpepper and his sister Lela Culpepper Smith.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 30, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. at 1st Baptist Church Friendswood. Burial will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas.

Condolences may be sent to the Culpepper family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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11 thoughts on “Bobby K Culpepper”

  1. Edna Gale Halford Pitts—Corn, OK

    I am so sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. We grew up about five miles from each other and although we went to different high schools, we attended college at Southwestern at the same time. An interesting anecdote about Bobby. I was going back to college when my car quit. Bobby came along and pushed my car all the way into Weatherford which was about twenty miles. He was also kind enough to give us a tour if NASA when we visited Houston. I have very fond memories of Bobby and know that Heaven received a special person.

  2. Bob was my first supervisor when I started my aerospace career at McDonnell Douglas. He then asked me to join him and others to start a new company, Barrios Technology. He was key to the success of our company in the early days. His aerospace knowledge and customer relationships were unmatched. He and his wife Norma welcomed me into their home for special dinners when I was still single. Bob was well liked by all who worked for and with him throughout his career. A great, honorable man and will be missed by many.

  3. Zack, Eileen, Ashton, and Audrey

    The Crues family is heartbroken at Bob's passing . Ashton and Audrey were blessed to have him as their Godfather. Zack was so lucky to have Bob take a chance at hiring him at Lincom in 1992 when not many aerospace jobs were available. Our family owes him a great debt for that leap of faith. We will miss him terribly. Love and peace to Norma and family at this difficult time.

  4. Since 1963 I had the privilege of knowing and working with Bobby Culpepper. He was highly intelligent and, even more importantly, was a hard worker and a true Christian. To my knowledge, Bobby never had a bad word about any person. Starting with Gemini, Bobby was an essential contributor to every US manned space program. A true gentleman, he will be missed. Hook'm Bobby!

  5. Bobby and I adopted each other as brothers. I had started to work with NASA several months before Bobby did. My wife and I were members at Broadway Baptist, and I invited Bobby to visit there soon after we met. Norma and her family also attended there. I introduced them there at church. I kidding tell folks that Norma never forgave me. Actually I'm sure she was ever grateful. Bobby was such a cool laid-back guy. He had a way of making you feel good just being around him. He will continue to live in my heart, and we'll likely be together again before too long.
    Dave Alexander

  6. When we moved to Friendswood and joined First Baptist, Bob and Norma were among the first to make us feel at home. Bob was kind and thoughtful. I mentioned to him that I had lost my Ryrie study Bible when our home flooded in Harvey. It was special because my brother had sent it to me over thirty years ago when I accepted Christ. A few weeks later Bob showed up at our door with a new Ryrie study Bible he had bought for me. That was the kind of man Bob was.

  7. Even before moving to Houston from Canada, I was aware of the incredibly talented team that Bob had built at Lincom and how well liked and respected he was by his team and his customers. When METECS was still a recent startup, we sought him out and were thrilled when he agreed to join our team. His experience, integrity and positive outlook was an inspiration for us all. Although it has been a few years since his retirement, he still kept in touch and recently dropped by the office for a chat. As usual, when he left everyone felt a bit happier. We will miss him and our thoughts and prayers are with Norma and the family.

  8. Frank and Christian Graffagnino

    Christian and I were very sad to hear about Bob's passing. I first heard Bob's name when working alongside many Lincom employees at Johnson Space Center. It was obvious to me how much these employees respected Bob and his ability to manage a team. So I was very happy to hear that Bob would be coming over to METECS to help guide us starting our new small business. His patience and kindness always stood out to me. I have some great memories of our family going over to see Bob and Norma every Christmas season and share some stories in their living room. Bob will be missed.

  9. On behalf of the Fry family, please accept our deepest condolences. We were so sorry to learn of Bob's death. He was much loved by our parents, Rev. Norman and Jo Ann Fry, and was a true friend to them both at FBC and into their retirement. I will never forget Bob's kindnesses to them that were shown in so many ways. I will always be grateful for the beautiful message that Bob shared at my dad's funeral, and for his and Norma's presence and ministry to us in our time of grief. I regret that I was unable to travel from Chicago to return that kindness, but please know that Bob's love for my parents truly lived out Jesus' vision in Matthew 25 of how followers of Jesus are to show love for others, and I cannot think of him without remembering his gentle, generous spirit as an example of truly Christ-like living. May perpetual light shine upon him! Grace and peace to his family as they mourn.

  10. I had the privilege of working under Bob's leadership for the first few years of my aerospace career at Metecs and I consider myself very lucky to have met and worked with him. He was the kindest person and such a positive force in the company. He was a great example of his faith. I am so sad to hear of his passing. Marta and I will always have fond memories of him. Our thoughts and prayers for his family.

  11. Bobby was one of the smartest people I ever worked with. One of my proudest accomplishments was recruiting him to join the team of Barrios founders. He leaves behind a great family. I will miss him.

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