Cowan First Baptist Church
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Loving God, Loving People, Serving Both




In Memoriam


Bro. Howard Coulson,  Sunday School Director

40+ years of service


Howard Daniel Coulson, age 94 of Cowan, Tennessee, was our Sunday School Director for over 40 years. Howard passed away on Friday, December 27, 2013.  He was born September 19, 1919, in Cowan, the son of the late John Walter and Lottie Belle (Crick) Coulson.


Howard was raised in Cowan during the Great Depression, which taught him valuable lessons in conservatism and living within his means. He worked hard all his early years on farms, delivered groceries, was a projectionist at the Rex Theater, and held various other jobs in the Franklin County area. He worked at General Shoe Corporation (the Shoe Factory) in Cowan from his freshman year in high school until volunteering for the US Army Air Corps at the onset of World War II.


His military obligations allowed him to volunteer as turret gunner and crew chief on a B26 Martin Marauder bomber with training at Tampa Bay, Florida. After gunner school he was promoted to Tech Sergeant and deployed to the 9th Air Force in Braintree, England. He flew 70 combat missions, with two of these on D Day, over France, Belgium, and Holland in the B26 bomber named "GI V" (GI Five).


For his dedicated efforts to insure victory in Europe, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, eleven Oak Leaf Clusters, Unit Citation, ETO Ribbon with two Bronze Stars and Good Conduct Medal. His Character Rating on DD Form 214 states, “Excellent.”


After returning from the war, he graduated from Memphis School of Photography and moved back to Cowan to open Coulson Studio. This thriving business continued to operate from 1947 until 1987 and was sold as he thought it was time to retire. His ten thousand plus photographs are considered the best pictorial history of Cowan and the surrounding cities in existence. He donated thousands of negatives to the archives of the University of the South as a gesture of appreciation of its support to his career and to serve as a part of its pictorial history.


Howard remained very active in Cowan First Baptist Church as a Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent, a job he held for over 40 years. His other activities included composting 500 pounds of leaves and grass each spring, cutting, splitting and stacking firewood to heat his shop and greenhouse, growing tomatoes for his friends and family, working a full garden, and gathering the mail for most of his neighbors. He was seldom still and never slothful.   He continued to be an inspiration to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, instilling within them the meaning of character, ethics and fair dealings with all those he met.


Mr. Coulson was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Hannah Coulson; brothers, Sam Crick (Dorothy) Coulson and James "Sid" Barton (Gerry) Coulson; sister, Estelle (George) Bozeman; and grandson, Cory Andrew Coulson. Surviving are sons, Robert Doyle (Sylvia) Coulson of Cowan, TN, Howard Bennett Coulson of La Porte, TX and Anthony Dale (Linda) Coulson of Decherd, TN, daughter, Brenda Joyce (Coyle) Clark of Winchester, TN, brother, Glen Alvin (Barbara) Coulson of Hayes, VA, sister, Margie (Jim) Vann of Winchester, TN; grandchildren, Amanda Beth (Donald) Rhoton, Allison Leigh (Lonnie) Palmertree, Laura Renee (Scottie) Roberson, Amy Jo (Russ) Hudson, Daniel Ernest (Michele) Coulson, and Kendra Ann Coulson, Adam Coulson, Sarah Coulson, Andrew Coulson, Rebecca Coulson, and David Coulson; and fourteen great-grandchildren.