Richard Lane CULBERSON

November 9, 1947November 17, 2020
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Richard Lane Culberson, affectionately known as “Cookie”, “Mr. Rick”, and “The Mongoose”, was born in Bastrop, Texas on November 9, 1947 to Alberta Cook and Worth Culberson. He was the 10th of 11 children: nine boys and two girls. As a youth, Richard enjoyed reading, sports, playing his saxophone, and learning the science of agriculture through helping his father farm and his participation in the Negro Farmers of America (NFA) organization. He attended school in Smithville, TX until he graduated HS and enrolled in the University of North Texas in 1966. His college experience was interrupted in 1968 when he was drafted into the US Army and soon thereafter deployed overseas to serve as a combat medic during the Vietnam War. His Army career would span more than 2 decades and include tours of duty in Germany, Iraq, and Korea. Richard retired from the Army in 1993 and began the next chapter of his life. Richard became a Peace Officer for the City of Garland, TX. He later coordinated all bus travel in the southern sector of the United States for Greyhound/Trailways. Richard was always working and learning, his quest for knowledge led him to return to school at Dallas Baptist University to complete his bachelor’s degree in HealthCare Administration in 2005. An Army man through and through Richard returned to service as a civilian while he worked for the Dallas VA Hospital System in the lab. Richard was always drawn to medicine and had previously enjoyed many years teaching Physician Assistant courses at the Brook Army Medical Center on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Richard departed this life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Worth and Alberta Culberson, one sister and eight brothers: Lucy Marie Culberson, Andrew Cook, Leo Culberson, MSGT Clarence Culberson, Worth Culberson, Leroy Spears, SGM William Culberson, Tom Culberson, Leon Culberson, and Walter Culberson. He leaves to cherish his memories a devoted wife Frankie and two loving daughters: Michelle Harris (Brian) of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Ashley Carter (Jamal) of Rowlett, TX; three grandchildren, Brian Harris II, Blake Harris, and DeeAnne Harris of Ft.Worth, TX; one sister, Georgia Culberson-Richards (L.C.) of Rockdale, TX, and one brother Ret. CW4. Willy Culberson (Carla) and two very special sisters-in-law: Dora Culberson (William) and Alma Spears (Leroy); as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 27, 2020


  • Committal Service

    Friday, November 27, 2020


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Dora Culberson

November 27, 2020


Cynthia Chapel

November 26, 2020

I speak for other distant family members: Denise Peery, the family of Rod and Denise Chapel, Jr., the family of Myles and Cie Cochran and me, Cynthia Chapel Sr. , who wish to express our condolences for the transition of Richard L. Culberson. In his honor, we are planting a Magnolia tree in Smithville, TX to acknowledge his memory. We will trust the planting and care and location to his brother and sister-in-law, Willy and Carla Culberson, residents of Smithville. This commemorative idea is from Denise Peery, Carla's sister. As extended family members, we did not get to know "Cookie" as well as some, but we know his brother Willy and recognize the lineage. God bless.

Charles Cravens

November 26, 2020

To our uncle, a BIG MAN with A BIG HEART!. And my fellow serviceman, SEMPI Fi we love!! you and thanks for all the encourageing words. Thanks for taking our daughter CHARRA in and giving her courage to pursue lawenforcement. To the family we will all ways be here for you. THE CRAVENS FAMILY

Don Huffman

November 25, 2020

Expressing highest appreciation for the US Army Service of Richard L Culberson for our country. And then appreciation for his service to his community during the rest of his life. Prayers go out for the family and many friends, those present and those who have passed, in their loss. His legacy of professionalism and service is very special. May he receive the rich blessings of his Lord in this his latest assignment in Paradise.
Thank you Lord, for men such as this.
May his memory inspired many generations to come..
d huffman, Army vet, DFW Honor Guard member..

Sheila Nunez

November 25, 2020

We’ve only known Mr. Richard for about 5 years now, but within those short years , He & Mrs Frankie have become the most amazing neighbors and family to us and our girls.

Everyday when Mr. Richard would come out to get his mail, Mila would hear him call out to Jackson and she’d run to the door and say with a surprised face, “Mr. Richard !” So she would run outside and the first thing he would say is “Hey Suga” and embrace her with a big hug!!

From going to the rodeo , simply playing ball in the yard, to exchanging advice on growing greener grass, Mr Richard was part of our daily lives & his Mailbox buddy Mila and Us will miss him so dearly.

Mrs Frankie and Family, you have gained an amazing angel !

Cindy Wade

November 25, 2020

I met Mr. Richard back in 1994 while attending University of Texas at Arlington with his daughter Michelle....he became such an inspiration to me that I would always ask Michelle where Daddy and he would always ask her where my Cindy Mae....he was always somewhere on that Greyhound....he will be truly missed.....

Dannis Bryant

November 22, 2020

Sally and Family;

Your South Florida Family sending heartfelt condolences. You are loved, we are lifting you and Family up in prayer. We all have our visits from the closing of ones journey, physically our paths separate, yet in heart and love it never parts. Memories hold them close, love is everlasting, life doesn't end, just moves locations. Jesus is always near, He shall be with you, He promised He would. You can trust him, He keeps his promises.

Love you.


Michelle Harris

November 21, 2020

Daddy believed in family, loyalty, and service. Anyone who knew him observed his commitment to his family and his Army career. Worth Culberson set the example for four of his sons to serve their country. Clarence, William, Richard, and Willy all served proudly in the Armed Forces. The US military gained a combined total of 103 years of service from Worth Culberson and his sons. Their service is commemorated on a family plaque in Veterans Memorial Park in Smithville, TX.
~Michelle Harris

Jimmy and Glenda Webb

November 21, 2020

Frankie and family,

God has called another Angel home, Richard will be missed, but his memories will last forever in our hearts. We will miss our neighborly discussions. May you feel God's arms around you as he consoles you and your family during this difficult time. We are here for you, please call upon us. Your neighbors, Jimmy and Glenda.

Romaine Nelson

November 21, 2020

Dear Niece Michelle,
Our condolences and deepest sympathy to you and your family during this very difficult time. May God comfort you and your family and give you peace, love, and strength. May Rick Rest In Peace 🙏🏽.

Love and Our Deepest Sympathy,
Oliver, Romaine, and Angela Nelson


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