Rock Hill – Dr. William Leonard Culp, Jr., 62, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018 at Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House.
Funeral Service for Dr. Bill Culp will be Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11:00 am at First ARP Church, 201 East White Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730, with Reverend Phillip Bunch officiating. Burial will be 10:00 am prior to the service at Forest Hills Cemetery, Rock Hill. Visitation will be Friday, May 18, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill.
Bill Culp, the son of the late William Leonard Culp, Sr. and Dorothy Sims Culp, was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina on May 25, 1955. Bill grew up on the Winthrop College campus to parents who encouraged his creativity in a loving home. He attended Macfeat Childhood Laboratory School and Winthrop Training School until its closure. Bill was a member of the first graduating class of Northwestern High School. In 1977, he received a degree in zoology from Clemson University and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi national honor society. Four years later, Bill graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine in Charleston, South Carolina where he met, Janice, the love of his life. During his 36 years of practicing dentistry in Rock Hill, he earned the Mastership Distinction from the Academy of General Dentistry, was a South Carolina Chapter Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy International Honor Dental Organization, American Dental Association, South Carolina Dental Society, Central District Dental Association (past president), and Tri-County Dental Society. It was a great day when his twin sons graduated from MUSC in 2011 with the same degree that he earned, exactly thirty years prior, and then joined him in his private dental practice.
Bill was a kind and gentle man who loved his family. He was his family’s biggest cheerleader. He looked forward to Friday night dinners with his wife and sons at favorite restaurants in Charlotte and Charleston. He was quick with a smile and a laugh. He loved Clemson home football games, movies, dinner, and weekend trips with family and dear friends.
Bill loved music and earned a chair at the Cannon Music Camp in Boone, NC where he played the clarinet. He learned to play the cello when his sons were taking violin lessons and played with them in concerts. He loved to dance to beach music especially “Summertime is Calling Me.” Attending dances where the “Ninth Row” band was playing was a favorite during his dental school days. He loved dancing at friends’ weddings.
He made lifelong friends in his years working at Home Supply installing television antennas. During the summer before his senior year in high school, he and a friend traveled Europe for five weeks with only a roundtrip air ticket, a Euro Rail pass, one change of clothes, and a tour book titled “Europe on Five Dollars a Day”!
Bill was a member of Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church for 62 years where he served as a Deacon and Elder. He recently joined First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. He was a member of Rotary International since 1986. In 2006, he was initiated into the Clemson University Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order while his sons attended Clemson University. He served on the Clemson University Parents Development Board, the MUSC Board of Visitors, and the Winthrop University Dacus Library Board.
Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Janice Ann Salerni Culp; twin sons, Dr. Charles William Culp and Dr. Alexander Joseph Culp; and his sister, Dorothy Culp Farmer and her husband Art.
We thank his work family, the Culp Dental Staff, with a combined 137 years of employment, for their love and support especially during his illness. We thank his dental patients for the confidence and trust they placed in him and their friendships. We are grateful for the love and support from, our ministers and church families, the Close Family, The Springs Company, MUSC particularly the Department of Orthodontics faculty, staff, and residents, the dental community, and the outpouring of kindness from our families and dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made Bill’s name to First ARP Church, 201 East White Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730, Clemson University, Chapel Fund, 110 Daniel Drive, Clemson, SC 29631, or the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine, 173 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC 29425.