NameDewitt “Tex” Echols COULTER , 1C1R, M
BirthOct 2, 1924, Red Springs Community, Smith County, Texas
DeathOct 2, 2007, Austin, Travis County, Texas Age: 83
FatherHAL ECHOLS COULTER , M (1890-1929)
MotherLottie Bell LAND , F (1899-1980)
1Ruth Mae TINDLE , Spouse of 1C1R, F
BirthJan 27, 1927, Goliad, Goliad County, Texas
DeathOct 5, 1997, Austin, Travis County, Texas Age: 70
BurialOct 1997, Cremated
Age70 years 251 days
Cause of deathDied of cancer within 6 weeks of discovery.
FatherPaschal Lewis TINDLE , M (1888-1928)
MotherBertha AUSTIN , F (1892-)
MarriageJul 13, 1946, Corpus Christi, Texas
ChildrenDavid Lynn
 Susan (Died as Infant), F (1952-1952)
Military notes for Dewitt “Tex” Echols COULTER
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 about Dewitt E Coulter
Dewitt E Coulter
Birth Year:
White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country:
State of Residence:
County or City:

Enlistment Date:
21 Jun 1943
Enlistment State:
Enlistment City:
No branch assignment
Branch Code:
No branch assignment
Grade Code:
Term of Enlistment:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Civil Life

3 years of high school
Marital Status:
Single, without dependents
Obituary notes for Dewitt “Tex” Echols COULTER
Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 10/4/2007.
Dewitt Coulter
Died October 2, 2007
Austin, Texas

Dewitt "Tex" Coulter Our father, Dewitt "Tex" Coulter, passed away after a long illness on October 2, 2007 in Austin, Texas. He was 83 years old. Tex was a true Renaissance man, gifted with extraordinary talent in many disparate disciplines.

He will be remembered in Forth Worth, Texas, where he was raised in the Masonic Home School from the age of five and where he was an All-State football player, holder of a national record in the shot put, and where his high school athletic career earned him induction into the Texas High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

He will be remembered at West Point, where he was an All-American football player who won the 1945 National Collegiate Athletic Association championship with Army together with teammates Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard.

He will be remembered in New York, where he was an All-Pro football player in the National Football league for the New York Giants.

He will be remembered in Dallas, Texas where he wrote a newspaper sports column and worked in the graphic arts for newspapers and magazines, and from which he was lured out of football retirement to resume his football career in New York and then Canada.

He will be remembered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he was an All-Pro football player in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes, and where he later wrote a newspaper sports column accompanied by his own cartoons, did colour commentary on Alouettes radio broadcasts, and painted magnificent portraits.

He will be remembered in Austin, Texas where he designed and built homes, and where he devoted the final working years of his life to the Marbridge Foundation, which houses and cares for persons with special needs.

Tex will join his wife of over 40 years, Ruth Coulter, who was also raised in the Masonic Home and who passed away in 1997.

He is survived by son David Coulter, who resides in Vancouver British Columbia, daughters Ann McKinlay and Dena Coulter Brown, who reside in Austin, son Jeff Coulter, who resides in Kamloops, British Columbia, and eight grandchildren.

Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 10/4/2007.


The New York Times

October 15, 2007
Dewitt Coulter, Football Star, Is Dead at 83

AUSTIN, Tex., Oct. 14 (AP) — The former All-Pro football player Dewitt Coulter, who played left tackle for the Giants, died here Oct. 2. He was 83.

His son Jeff Coulter, of Kamloops, British Columbia, announced the death.

Coulter, known as Tex, was an all-American on Army’s 1945 national championship team. He played left tackle for the Giants from 1946 to 1952 and made the All-Pro team in 1948 and 1949.

Coulter also played four seasons with Montreal in the Canadian Football League.

A high school star at Masonic Home in Fort Worth during the 1940s, he was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

His wife, Ruth, died in 1997. In addition to his son Jeff, he is survived by his son David Coulter of Vancouver, British Columbia; his daughters, Ann McKinlay and Dena Coulter-Brown, both of Austin; and eight grandchildren.


Former Giants tackle Coulter dies
The Associated Press
Article Last Updated: 10/11/2007 06:23:22 PM MDT

AUSTIN, Texas—Former New York Giants all-pro tackle Dewitt "Tex" Coulter has died in Austin after a lengthy illness. He was 83.

Jeff Coulter, of Kamloops, British Columbia, said Thursday that his father died Oct. 2.

Coulter was an All-American on Army's 1945 national championship team. He played left tackle for the Giants from 1946-1952 and made the all-pro team in 1948 and 1949.

Coulter also played four seasons with Montreal in the Canadian Football League. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

He was a prep star at Fort Worth Masonic Home during the 1940s.

His wife, Ruth, died in 1997. In addition to his son Jeff, he is survived by a son David Coulter, of Vancouver, British Columbia; daughters Ann McKinlay and Dena Coulter-Brown, both of Austin; and eight grandchildren.

A private memorial service is planned for Nov. 2 in Austin.
Timelines notes for Dewitt “Tex” Echols COULTER
Birth Red Springs Community, Smith County, Texas Thursday Oct 2, 1924
4 years 332 days Father Death: HAL ECHOLS, age 39 years 271 days San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas Friday Aug 30, 1929
14 years 152 days G Grandfather Death: Jessie GOODMAN, age 91 years 113 days Smith County, Texas Friday Mar 3, 1939
21 years 284 days Marriage: Ruth Mae; length 51 years 84 days Saturday Jul 13, 1946
52 years 122 days Grandmother Death: Lula V. GOODMAN, age 96 years 107 days Smith County, Texas Tuesday Feb 1, 1977
55 years 118 days Mother Death: Lottie Bell, age 80 years 205 days Tarrant County, Texas Monday Jan 28, 1980
69 years 287 days Brother Death: Gaston Ray, age 71 years 317 days Carrollton, Dallas County, Texas Saturday Jul 16, 1994
73 years 3 days Spouse Death: Ruth Mae, age 70 years 251 days Austin, Travis County, Texas Sunday Oct 5, 1997
74 years 160 days Sister Death: Lula Elizabeth, age 82 years 201 days Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas Thursday Mar 11, 1999
80 years 162 days Sister Death: Ima Frances, age 85 years 168 days Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas Sunday Mar 13, 2005
83 years Death Austin, Travis County, Texas Tuesday Oct 2, 2007

The following information is about Dewitt “Tex” Coulter, son of Hal Echols Coulter and Lottie Bell Land.

Dewitt says his mother Lodie/Lottie Bell Land told him his given name was DeWitt Echols Coulter and he was born on Oct 26, 1924. However, his birth date was not recorded until later in life when his uncle, Jeff Coulter, had his name and birth recorded as DeWitt Coulter born on Oct 2, 1924 for an official birth certificate.

Tex Coulter

Dewitt “ Tex ” Coulter was a star football player for Masonic Home in the 1940’s. Coulter, a three time all-state tackle (1940-42), led Masonic Home to a 34-5-1 record and three district titles in high school. A two-time state champion in the shot put, he also set a national high school record with a throw of 59’-1 1⁄2” in 1943. After enrolling at West Point, Coulter earned All-America honors at tackle on Army’s 1945 National Championship team. He played left tackle for the New York Giants from 1946-1952 making the All-Pro team in 1948 and 1949. Coulter also played four seasons with Montreal in the Canadian Football League (1953-1956). He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.


THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS - Sunday, December 16, 1984

By: Sam Blair - Staff Writer of the News

The all-time area high school football player is a gentle giant of 59 now. He's a man whose talents ranged far beyond the playing field-- an artist, cartoonist, sportswriter, builder and humanitarian.

He's better known as Tex Coulter to fans across two nations who followed his later exploits with Army's powerhouse teams of World War II, the New York Giants of the National Football League and the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

But, as Masonic Home in the late 1930's and early 40's he was Dewitt Coulter, a gifted athlete whose normal position was tackle but could play anywhere he was needed.

"Those were wonderful years," said Coulter. "Masonic Home played a tremendous role in my life. I enjoyed my high school football career more than any other. That's why I'm, really thrilled by this selection."

Coulter was 5 when he moved to the home with his brother and two sisters from the Red Springs community near Tyler. Their late father was a Mason, which qualified them to live at the Fort Worth home until they graduated from high school. By the time Coulter was in the seventh grade, coach Rusty Russell knew he had two rising stars in Dewitt and his older brother Ray, an end.

"Whatever Rusty said, we did," said Dewitt. "We never had many players but we believed we could hold down our own against the biggest school. It was exciting to run those trick plays Rusty taught us and play a lot of different positions. Masonic Home guys always have been close. When you spend that much time together, you're brothers for the rest of your lives."

Russell coached all sports at the school, so he informed all his football players they must report for track in the spring.

"I talked him into letting me throw the shot while everybody else got hot running." Coulter said, "It was a nice bit of exercise."

It certainly was. Coulter set a national high school record with the 12-pound shot tossing it 59 feet, 1-1/2 inches. But nothing he did surprised Russell.

"When Dewitt was in the seventh grade, he pulled up crossties from an abandoned Interban line. He lifted them like weights using them to develop his wrists and fingers for the shot put. We were on a very tight budget and had only one shot put, but he persuaded me to let him keep it in his room so he could toss it from one hand to another at night."

Coulter grew to 6'-5" and 200 in high school, then filled out to 240 at West Point, where he signed shortly after he entered the Army. He played on those fabled Cadet teams of the Doc Blanchard, Glenn David era, then moved into pro football with the Giants.

"The 1946 Giants played for the NFL title," he said. "I thought we had better material at West Point. There was so much talent there that I was strictly a tackle.'

At Masonic Home, he had played all line and backfield positions as needed and punted, too. Later with the Giants, where his teammates included another young Texan named Tom Landry, he was an offensive and defensive end, offensive and defensive tackle, linebacker and punter.

As a pro, Coulter grew to 265, but his boyhood fondness for cartooning lured him into retirement in 1950. He joined the sports staff of the Dallas Times Herald and spent a year turning out delightful cartoons. He was a familiar figure in Southwest Conference press boxes, frequently turning to his typewriter to write a story when his art work was finished.

"I really enjoyed that," he said. "If I had been older, I probably would still be doing it. But I didn't have football out of my system. When the Giants came to Dallas in the summer of '51 to play an exhibition game with the Detroit Lions, I decided I wanted to play again. I suited up and played most of the game in the Cotton Bowl."

Coulter played five more seasons with the Giants, then moved into the Canadian League. When his playing days were over, he and his family remained in Montreal and he became one of Canada's top portrait painters.

But after more than 20 years north of the border, Texas called him home. He moved to Austin, spent a few years in the home building business, then decided to devote his time to the Marbridge Foundation, located in the country south of Austin.

"We're a private, self sustaining group that works with retarded persons," he said. "We grow our own food and meat, do all the cleaning and laundry. We pass out medicine and write letters for these people, just to try to give them a little better life."

For Dewitt Coulter, the rewards of Masonic Home still are paying off.

Coulter Aims at Record


By Bill Van Fleet

Dewitt Coulter of Masonic Home, Dewey Shidling of Fort Worth Tech and Paschal's speedy mile relay team head a contingent of nine Fort Worth track men who Thursday will head for the State high school meet at Austin.

The State meet opens with preliminaries in most of the events Friday and will come to a close with finals on Saturday. The competition is scheduled for the University of Texas' Memorial Stadium.

Coulter, who sent the scales to 216 after Wednesday's final workout here, is the best bet for a State title. In fact, he's almost a cinch to set a new record in his specialty, the shot put.


At the Texas Relays earlier, this Spring he broke the national interscholastic record by 3-1/2 inches with a heave of 59 feet 1-1/2 inches.

In practice since then, he several times has touched 61 feet, and consistently has been around 60 feet.

All of this week, Coulter has been working out with the 16-pound shot, four pounds heavier than the one he will use in the schoolboy competition . He has been averaging better than 50 feet with the heavy ball (the size collegians use), and has a best mark of 51 feet. This is better than any Southwest Conference athlete has done this year.

Coulter will not compete in the discus at Austin, and has not practiced it this season. He did take one fling with it in the regional meet at Dallas two weeks ago, and sent it a respectable 132 feet but has not tried again.

"The two events depend on two different sets of muscles, and I decided to concentrate on the shot," Coulter explained.

Charlie Romine, Coulter's coach, thinks that by sticking with the shot put his charge may someday become a world champion.

Shilling has a chance in the mile, but his task will be much harder than Coulter's.


From deep in the heart of west end Montreal comes the sound of bare feet pounding the pavement. A curious glance out the window discloses a giant man walking down the street.

No hillbilly newly come to town, he turned out to be giant Tex Coulter, lineman deluxe with the Montreal Alouettes, walking down Hingston in bare feet to ease his blisters.

The gigantic punter is not only a specialist on the football field, but does pretty well at a drawing board too. (See photo) In the off season he has worked on the Dallas Times Herald as a cartoonist and samples of his work are available in such magazines as Saga, Sport, and Trailways.

Coulter, in his visit to The Monitor, impressed all with his soft drawl, and his polite manner of saying "How's that?" when he misses something in the conversation.

Tex, a former performer with West Point and the New York Giants, likes Canada very much, and is awaiting his first sample of a Canadian winter. Back in Texas they are all white, but he has seen New York, and so won't be too surprised by Montreal's grey snow.

He was slightly miffed when he saw a statement in the papers that the Americans who come here from the pro leagues are too old to make the grade down there. As a good example of the unfairness of this attitude, one only needs to glance over his own record to see that he obviously would have starred once more in the American game. For two years he gained all pro rating, and for another two was selected on the second team. Last year, when he was on the second squad, the coaches voted him over Gadsky of the Cleveland Browns, who made the first all-pro team, to perform in the all-star game at Los Angeles.

Coulter has two children, David, five and Ann, four. Ann is a bit shy, but David, a giant for his age, is upholding the honor of Texas in bold and curious fashion.

Tex feels he is not yet in top shape, but he has certainly been doing a tremendous job. Later on in the year he says that the Als will be able to break their losing jinx against the Ottawa Rough Riders. (13 straight) but his main concern is the game tomorrow night against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.



An all-star in every class of football he's ever played; the "holler guy" of the Montreal Alouettes is a tackling and kicking dynamo, and for sheer courage there seldom has been anyone to approach him on a Canadian gridiron.

Linemen are the unsung heroes of football. Every fan can recite the starting backfield of his favorite team. But come to the line and he's lost. That is, unless there is a player in the line who can't help but be noticed.

Tex Coulter of the Montreal Alouettes is that type of footballer. Tex gained fame and all-star rating in the National Football league as an offensive tackle. That's the least noticed job in football. But outside of Sam Etcheverry, quarterback, is the best-known and most popular player on the Montreal team.

Of course, you can't help noticing Tex Coulter. He stands six feet five inches and weighs a mere 270 pounds. But it isn't his size alone that makes him a standout. Coulter happens to be one of the fastest linemen in the league. And usually he'll be found piling up the opposition plays in such a devastating manner, that even the least observant fan couldn't help but notice.

Tex has achieved a rare distinction in football. He's been an all-star in every class of football he's ever played in. And he's made it in his first year. At Army in 1943, Tex made all American and repeated the following year. With the New York Giants he made the National league offensive team in his rookie year. And last season was a unanimous choice for one of the tackle positions on the all-Canadian team the coaches chose for The Star Weekly.

Coulter played a lot of fine football games for the Alouettes last season. But the one the Montreal fans will never forget was the final game of the Big Four playoffs against Hamilton Tiger-Cats. For sheer courage there has seldom been anything to approach Coulter's efforts on a Canadian gridiron.

Coulter had broken his ankle against Ottawa late in the season. That injury should have finished him for the season. It would finished any other player but not him.
Timelines notes for Ruth Mae (Spouse 1)
Birth Goliad, Goliad County, Texas Thursday Jan 27, 1927
1 year 310 days Father Death: Paschal Lewis, age 40 years 32 days Bexar County, Texas Sunday Dec 2, 1928
19 years 167 days Marriage: Dewitt; length 51 years 84 days Saturday Jul 13, 1946
Burial Cremated Oct 1997
70 years 251 days Death Austin, Travis County, Texas Sunday Oct 5, 1997
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