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Eugene Paul Coulson

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Mr. Gene Coulson, age 70, passed away peacefully, in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 12, 2013, surrounded by his wife, Beverly, and their three daughters, in the Dove House Hospice, in Westminster, Maryland. Born January 13, 1942, in Buena Vista, Virginia, he was the son of the late Paul Charles Ford Coulson and the late Mary Magdalene Pugh Coulson. He was the husband of Beverly Jean Johnson Coulson, originally of Fort Worth, Texas, his loving wife of over 51 years. Gene attended Strong Vincent High School his freshman and sophomore years, then, wanting only the best, checked himself into McDowell High School the first semester of his junior year. When the school discovered he was not districted to McDowell, he returned to Strong Vincent High School for the rest of his high school days. Gene attempted enlistment in the military when he was 17, but was told by his recruiter to come back when he was 18. On his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. In April of 1960, he was sent to basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, in Texas. During his 51 years of service, Gene traveled to over 13 countries. Of his 26 years in the USAF, 14 years were served in foreign countries, where he learned about many cultures and customs and met many good people. He retired as a Senior Master Sergeant, Grade E8, in 1985, after his last assignment at RAF Chicksands, England. During his service he received many awards, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, USAF Commendation Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Longevity Service Ribbon, NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. Of all the foreign countries he and Bev lived, they loved England the best. He enjoyed golfing, playing the guitar, singing, listening to music, playing cards, darts, games, programming, reading, learning new technologies and spending time with his wife and family. After military retirement, he went on to serve his country for another 25 years as a Contractor for the National Security Agency as an Operations and Logistics Support Expert and Leader. He lived his retirement years in Sykesville, Md. He was a loving and generous man, with a great wit, who loved to laugh. He stood for honor, integrity, and duty to God, country, and family. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Beverly; daughters Kimberley Williams of Rockford, Illinois; Susan Browne and husband Steve of Hampstead, Maryland; and Tracy Christy and husband Jay of Sykesville, Maryland; five brothers, Ron (preceded in death by his wife, Marge), Don and his wife Hazel, David and his wife Patty, all of Erie; Bob and his wife Charlene of Cooper City, Florida; and John and his wife Nancy of Syracuse, New York; seven grandchildren, Scott Caraballo, Darian Williams, Sharon and Timothy Belt, Nicholas Browne, Alex Christy and Jayson Christy II, one great-grandson, Cayden Price; his mother-in-law, Reba Johnson; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Gene was preceded in death by his sister Reverend Joan Dempsey, and his grandson Ryan Caraballo. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 15th, at 7:00 p.m. at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, in Sykesville, Maryland, officiated by Rev. Mark R. Waddell, of the Catonsville United Methodist Church of Maryland. Donations may be made to Carroll Hospice Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, Maryland, 21157.

Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 20, 2013
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