Joe E. Coulter, "Coach", 80, of Charlotte died Friday, April 05, 2013 at his home.
A native of Catawba County, Joe was born to the late Jamie E. and Ruth G. Coulter on April 2, 1933. He graduated from Oxford High School and then graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1954. Joe served two years in the United States Army. He received his master of education degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Joe taught and coached at Bunker Hill High School in Claremont, NC, McClintock Junior High School as coach and assistant principal and he was the first athletic director and head basketball coach at Independence High School, retiring from Independence in 1984. He served as president of the Southwestern 4A Conference Coaches Association and later served on the NCHS Coaching Clinic Board of Directors. Upon retirement, Joe worked for Horace Mann Insurance Company and also worked at the Simmons YMCA for about 6 years. He worked as a funeral attendant at Wilson Funeral and Cremation Service for about 15 years and also later assisted the other Dignity Memorial locations throughout Charlotte. Joe was preceded in death by grandson, Jamieson Bennett Coulter.
Joe is survived by his wife of 57 years, Martha Power Coulter of Charlotte; children, Charlotte Ann Merrill and husband Bob of Charlotte, Donna Jo Little and husband George of Marshville, Jeff E. Coulter of Charlotte; grandchildren, Lauren E. Merrill, Jansen E. Coulter, Conrad B. Coulter and brother, Bill Coulter and family of Mint Hill.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 8 at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 6701 Idlewild Rd., Charlotte with Rev. Sarah Kalish officiating. The family will receive friends 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday at Wilson Funeral and Cremation Service, 5301 Albemarle Rd., Charlotte.
Memorials may be made to Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 6701 Idlewild Rd., Charlotte, NC 28212
The family would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Alfred Newman and staff at Matthews Hematology/Oncology and to Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region for the caring and kindness shown to Joe and the family during his illness.
Online condolences may be made at www.wilsonfuneralservices.com.