Aged Husband and Wife Die Within A Week

Note by Phyllis Brown:  William Douglas Coulter was the son of Starling Coulter and Sarah Rigdon.  Willie Ann White was the daughter of Samuel Riley White, Jr., and Nancy Ellen Dean.  William and Willie were married February 18, 1903, in Washington County, Kentucky, and had one daughter, Bess E. Coulter.

The Springfield Sun

Thursday, January 15, 1942

Services Were Held This Afternoon At Fairview For Widow of Man Buried There Sunday:  Both Natives of County

Both Died in Louisville


Mr. William Douglas Coulter, age 84, died at 5 o’clock Friday afternoon, January 9, 1942, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Everett Dean, 2326 Cedar Street, Louisville, of a paralytic stroke.  He had been ill only a short time.  The body was brought to Sutherland’s Funeral Home in this city and prepared for burial, remaining in the chapel there until time for the funeral.  It was viewed there by many friends.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Charles Devine, were held at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon at Fairview Christian Church, interment following in Fairview Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Roy Driscoll, Arvill Terrell, Helm Terrell, Everett Jenkins, Charlie Kays and William Carey.

Mr. Coulter is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Willie White, who is reported seriously ill; an only daughter, Mrs. Dean, with whom the aged couple had been making their home the past several months, and two grandchildren.  He was a native of this county and practically all his life had been engaged in farming in the Gordon Ford section, where he was well known and generally liked.


Mrs. Willie White Coulter, age 75, widow of William D. Coulter, whose death is reported above, died at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dean, 2326 Cedar, Louisville, her death, which followed that of her husband within four days, was attributed to pneumonia.  She had been ill one week.

Mrs. Coulter’s body was brought to Sutherland’s Funeral Home in this city and prepared for burial, remaining in the chapel there until time for the funeral.

Services were held at the Fairview Christian Church at 1 o’clock this afternoon, the songs being used as in the service for Mr. Coulter Sunday afternoon, and the same pallbearers, with one exception, acting.  They were Roy Driscoll, Arvil Terrell, Helm Terrell, Everett Jackson, Elbert Blacketer and William Carey.  The Rev. Charles Devine preached the sermon.  Interment was at the side of Mr. Coulter in Fairview Cemetery.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Coulter is survived by two grandchildren, two brothers, Henry White, this county, and Larkin White, Nelson County, and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Bowser, Louisville, and Mrs. Abbie Lewis, Mt. Washington.

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  1. I’ve heard of this happening often. My in-laws have been married 69 years; all of us in the family are so worried how the remaining one will handle life when the first one passes on…..

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