Estie Culler was born in Clara Cox Housing Projects in High Point, North Carolina. She was placed, by Order of the Juvenile Court of Guilford County, in the custody of Mills Home Baptist Orphanage in Thomasville, NC, at age ten. She graduated from Thomasville Senior High School, and attended High Point University. Estie began work in the Guilford County Clerk of Superior Court office as the switchboard operator. During her career, she was promoted from a Deputy Clerk to an Assistant Clerk; in 1990 she campaigned for and was elected the Clerk of Superior Court in Guilford County, one of the largest counties in North Carolina. She is the only person, without a law degree, to be elected Clerk of Superior Court in Guilford County. As Clerk of Superior Court, Estie served as Judge of Probate, and presided over Incompetency Hearings, Adoption Procedures, and Judicial Hospitalization Procedures, was responsible for records of the Juvenile, District, and Superior Courts, and supervisor of 115 employees. After serving thirty years, she decided not to seek re-election and retired as Clerk of Superior Court in December, 1998. Estie has been active in her community, city, and state. She has served on the North Carolina Governor’s Advocacy Council for Children and Youth, Board of Directors of High Point Mental Health Association, Secretary of Mills Home Alumni Council, Secretary of the Administrative Board and Lay Delegate of Covenant United Methodist Church, and an Alpha Omega Service Award recipient for Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority. She has worked on Building Teams for a Methodist children’s school in Cortasar, Mexico. Her essays have been published in the Apogee and Lamplighter Literary Journals of High Point University and the Greensboro News and Record. Estie and her husband, Dr. Richard Bennington, make their home in High Point, North Carolina. They have three children. These days her pride and joy are her four granddaughters: Halli, Leah, Ariana and Bailey.
Insanity on the Road to Glory depicts the early years of Estie Culler's life who at the age of six was kidnapped along with her younger sister and brother ages 4 and 2 by their paranoid-schizophrenic street- preaching father. They hitchhiked throughout thirteen states. Their destination California their mission to load ships with Bibles to be delivered to Communist China for distribution to 'lost and dying souls'. Journey with these three little ones across the country with their thumbs pointed in the air while their father hides in the bushes hoping for a ride to the next town. Frequently the children were left alone in waiting rooms of bus stations without supervision or money for food. A threat from her father was always foremost in Estie's mind 'John Edgar Hoover will rape you before you are twenty-one years old.' Estie's fear of her father is written with tenderness disappointment and the indoctrination that a child should honor her father, no matter what. A book unlike any you have ever read!
Joseph M Knight