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First Baptist Church
Monday March 8th, 2021

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Monday March 8th, 2021

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Ralph Edsel "Sport" Culbertson, Jr.




Ralph Edsel “Sport” Culbertson, Jr.




Ralph Edsel “Sport” Culbertson, Jr. age 72, of 284 Colonial Acres Road, passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.


Born in Laurens, he was a son of the late Ralph “Edsel” Culbertson, Sr. and Annie Brownlee Culbertson. A U.S. Army National Guard Veteran, he was a member of First Baptist Church where he sang in the choir. Sport retired from Michelin after 39 years of service, he was a volunteer fireman, and coached dixie youth baseball. Ralph also enjoyed working and playing golf.


Surviving are his children, Trae Culbertson of Laurens, Amber C. Strickland (Michael) of Clinton and Taylor Culbertson (Renae) of Simpsonville; brothers, Glenn Culbertson (Til) of Laurens and Joe Culbertson (Monique) of Waterloo; grandchildren, Mikal Culbertson, Savannah Lacey and Anna Brooks Lacey.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, on Monday, March 8, 2021, at First Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Rickey Letson with burial to follow at Westview Memorial Park with Military Honors. The family will receive friends immediately following the graveside service.  


Friends are welcome to come by the mortuary Sunday afternoon to pay their respect to Ralph.


The family will be at the home of his brother, Glenn Culbertson, 308 W. Farley Avenue, Laurens, SC 29360.


Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 300 W. Main Street, Laurens, SC 29360.


Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.






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I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I know you loved him dearly and were so close. Prayers to you and your family. May he Rest In Peace and Love.

Crystal Hydro

Crystal Nov 1 2021 2:08 PM

Trae, Im so sorry to hear about your dad. Many great childhood memories! I especially remember stopping by your house to see his cars with my daddy.
Prayers to you and your family, Rachel (Ariail) Jordan

Rachel Jordan Mar 19 2021 12:00 AM

Rest In Peace Sport. I remember a conversation with you regarding grammar and the use of an in front of words with vowels. I treasure the conversations we had.

John Davidson Mar 11 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. He was so much fun to work with on the Raider radio football broadcasts and I still enjoyed our brief visits every Friday night since he's been the clock operator. Prayers to the family.

DOUG HOLLIDAY Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Trae, Amber, & Taylor, I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad. Your heart will be comforted in the days ahead knowing that he left you so many good memories and always remember he is as close as a prayer away. My love to each one you and God Bless!

Paula and Gil Moss Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM

Sympathy to the families, I remember Sport with that Corvette & Bill Taylor's station. I mimicked him calling him Spot because of his adventures on the Michelin test track. RIP brother!

John Wasson Mar 7 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ralph Culbertson, Jr.

Jo Lynn Wilson Mar 7 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ralph Culbertson, Jr.

Rene Tucker Neel Mar 7 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ralph Culbertson, Jr.

Gary Foster Mar 6 2021 12:00 AM

Ralph and I got to know each other these last few years while working out together at Laurens Fitness center. I would enjoy our conversations and his sweet and positive spirit. He will be missed by so many. Sending prayers to his family.

April Hamby Mar 6 2021 12:00 AM

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