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John Roy Culbertson

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John Roy Culbertson, 79, passed away on Wednesday afternoon in San Antonio. A longtime resident of Del Rio, Roy was born Oct 13, 1928 in Houston to Charles Paul and Mary Jane Culbertson. While living in Uvalde, he met Katherine Boykin and they were married on Feb 5, 1955. After working for the International Boundary and Water Commission for many years, Roy saw the need for a pump business in Del Rio. In 1968, Roy and Katherine started Culbertson Pump and Well Service. From the 1970's through most of the 1990's, Roy worked all over Mexico and West Texas installing pumps, windmills, irrigation equipment, generating plants and water systems. Due to health problems, he was forced to slow down the last few years but still remained active in the business. Preceeded in death by his parents and brother, Clayton, Roy is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Katherine, of Del Rio; son Gay Roy Culbertson of College Station, daughter Erin Kay Seal(James T.) of San Antonio; brother Thomas Marion of Rolla, Missouri and grandchildren: Cassie Colleen Campbell of College Station, Cpl. Clayton Trevor Whitney, USMC currently deployed to the Middle East, Ashley Amanda Whitney of Austin, , Clint Garrett Seal of San Antonio and one great-grandson, Riley Campbell of Rio Vista, TX. Roy was a devoted father and grandfather, loving husband, a successful businessman and a great friend to many. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. A memorial service will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, January 19, 2008 at the First Baptist Church Chapel in Del Rio. To leave a note for the family, go to and select Obituaries.

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  1. Uncle Roy had that little laugh that I will always remember and cherish. Dear family, words cannot heal the pain, may God give you strength during this difficult time.

  2. PawPaw- you were such a fighter during all these years you were sick, I admire that more than you know. Even though you were a cranky patient, I promise you that those nurses in all those hospitals weren’t trying to kill you. Thanks for almost 25 years of laughs and good times. I’ll see you again one day, maybe you can make me some scrambled eggs and tortillas like you used to when I was a kid. I love you so much. I’ll never forget you, please don’t forget me.

  3. Although, I have not talked to Roy in several years, I enjoyed our conversations and always looked forward to our next visit. Rest in Peace, Roy.

  4. Always remember the kindness extended to my parents, P.B and Shirley. Our deepest sympathy on your lose.

  5. Thank you for the time we shared on this earth. You will be missed. Roy D. (Dude) Cash Sharon E. Cash Cotten

  6. Katherine, I am so sorry for your loss. I met you at the Uvalde High 50th reunion about 10 yrs. ago. I had many classes with Roy in high school after which we went our own ways not to meet again until 50 yrs. later. Many people have pleasant memories of Roy from those days. He will be missed. Jimmie Coleman

  7. Katherine: Just wanted to leave a note that we are thinking of you and your family. We will keep you in our prayers. Hope to see you in the future. Tommy

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