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 Dardis <I>Cottrell</I> Culler

Dardis Cottrell Culler

West Point, Clay County, Mississippi, USA
Death 22 May 2001 (aged 90)
Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA
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GULFPORT --- Mrs. Dardis Cottrell Johnson "Dottie" Culler, 90, of Gulfport, died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, in Gulfport.

Mrs. Culler was born in West Point, MS, and had been a resident of Gulfport since 1959. Mrs. Culler was a graduate of Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Mrs. Culler was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Gulfport, where she served as a member of the advisory board and finance committee, chaired the mission board and taught teenagers in Sunday School for many years.

Before moving to Gulfport, Mrs. Culler was a resident of Muncie, Indiana, where she was active in volunteer work. She was the recipient of the first "First Lady" Award in Muncie in 1955. In Muncie she organized a candy striper program with her Sunday School class and continued her interest with the program when she moved to the Coast.

Again working with her Sunday School class she organized the first candy striper program at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. She served as president of the Gulfport Medical Auxiliary and of the Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Auxiliary.

Mrs. Culler was founder and past president of Gulf Coast Arts Council, founder and past president of the Gulf Coast Symphony Board, past president of Gulf Coast Theater of Arts, past president of the Gulf Coast Opera Theater Board, founder of the Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra, and organizer and first chairperson of the Pops Symphony Concert. In 1996 she was presented the 23rd Annual Opera Buff Award by the Gulfport Opera Salon and Gulf Coast Opera Theater. The award honors a Coast resident who has been outstanding in the promotion of the opera. She was an active member of the theater and salon for over forty years and was instrumental in bringing many events to the Coast.

Among her other civic contributions are her service as president of the Gulfport Library Board of Directors and a past chairman of the Harrison County Library Board of Directors. She chaired the Beautification Committee for the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce and served as past president of the Salvation Army Board of Directors. She was chairperson and past president of the Salvation Army's Toys and Food Distribution Committee. She also served as president of the Beach Garden Society and Four Seasons Garden Club and was environmental chairman for the Garden Clubs of Mississippi and chaired the Spring Pilgrimage of the Gulf Coast Council of Garden Clubs. For her service to the Coast's garden clubs, she was honored in 1991 by the Beach Garden Society with the planting at Beauvoir of camellias and an October Red Maple along the nature trail. She was instrumental in establishing the arboretum there in 1981. Mrs. Culler also served as president of the Gulfport High School PTA and of the Gulfport Yacht Club Auxiliary.

Mrs. Culler received the Coast's coveted Laurel Wreath Award in 1984 for her contributions to the community and also an award from the Salvation Army.

Mrs. Culler was preceded in death by her first husband, John Edgar Johnson, Jr.; her parents, David Cottrell, Sr., and Elma Croom Cottrell; three sisters, Frances Cottrell Pryor, Irene Cottrell Kaye and Elsie Cottrell Hayes; and a brother, David Cottrell, Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. O.Z. Culler, Sr. of Gulfport; a daughter, Eleanor Cottrell Johnson; a son, John Edgar Johnson III, both of Gulfport; two stepchildren, Graham C. Basto of Richmond, VA, and O.Z. Culler, Jr. of Memphis, TN; two nephews, Douglas A. Kaye of Daphne, AL, and Henry L. Kaye of Houston, TX; four grandchildren, Allan J. Achee, Jr. of Lodi, CA, Stephen J. Achee of Denver, CO, Elizabeth Dardis Johnson and Eleanor Katherine Johnson, both of Gulfport; and three great-grandchildren, Chad Achee and Kalyn T. Achee, both of Denver, and Alynn J. Achee of Lodi.

The funeral service will be Thursday, May 24, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Gulfport, where friends may visit one hour before the service. Interment will be in Southern Memorial Park, Biloxi.

Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Gulfport is in charge of arrangements.

The family prefers memorials to the First United Methodist Church, 230115th Street, Gulfport, MS 39501 or the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 728, Gulfport, MS 39502.
2001 The Sun Herald

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