The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


November 16, 2013

William “Bill” Coulter

— Retired Lt. Col. William “Bill” R. Coulter was born in Statesville, N.C., Dec. 27, 1932, to John C. Coulter and Margaret Redman Coulter. He moved to Winston-Salem at age 5 and attended Sedge Garden School through grade seven. He then grew up in the Griffith School community and graduated from Griffith School in 1951.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in June 1951 and served as a pilot in several areas of East and Southeast Asia and areas of the U.S. until his retirement in 1973. He was married to Naomi Ruth Miller in July 1953. He attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and followed with a career with Chrysler Motor Co., until 1993. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Athens.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth M. Coulter; three daughters, Lynda Hobson of Winston-Salem, Vicky Williams of Huntsville, Carol Robinson of Charlotte; and one son, William R. Coulter Jr. of Huntsville. He had six grandchildren and one great-grandson.

He resided in Elkmont until his death.

Visitation will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, followed by the 3 p.m. service, both at Spry Funeral Home with Joe Teal and Larry Hicks officiating.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to First Baptist Church of Athens, 201 E. Hobbs St., Athens, AL 35611; Friedburg Moravian Church, 2178 Friedburg Church Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27107; Vanderbilt Medical Center, Dr. Mark Kelly Research, Gift Processing, VU Station B, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37235-7727.

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