James Rudolph Culley. Not all of the grave marker is visible; but from what is showing, it appears that he served in the Navy during a World War. No dates can be seen. Unfortunately, an attempt to enlarge the date plate at the base of the grave marker provided no more clues as it was too out of focus to decipher.
James Rudolph Cully was born in 1925 to Martha Ann Carter and Joseph Bing Cully [Book 1925/Page 1264]. He died in 1956 [Book 1856/Page 512].
I then went to Ancestry.com to see if any other information might be available.
When I pulled up the 1930 Census report, I discovered that this was our cousin Dorothy Culley Lee's older brother. I had worked on some other related grave markers found in the Piney Grove Cemetery in previous posts. [See also: Martha Carter Culley, and Lucinda F. Culley Carter]
According to his death certificate, James Randolph Culley was born in North Harlowe, NC on November 24, 1925 to Joseph B. and Martha (Carter) Culley. His wife's name was Florine; and as the informant, she was recorded as living at 120 Woodworth Avenue, Yonkers, NY. James had been a machinist in the Cable Industry, a veteran of World War II. He died on July 15, 1956 at Highway 101 3 miles East of Cherry Point. His residence, however, was Yonkers, Westchester, NY. He died instantly in an auto accident of multiple internal injuries. A note states: "Passenger car ran off roadway." Time of death was 1:30am. He was buried at Piney Grove Cemetery on July 29, 1956.
One can only imagine the heartache that such a tragedy precipitated.
He was just two years older than our cousin Dorothy:
he was the second child born, and she was the third.