William Rodney Coulston, 74, of Brighton, Tennessee passed away on Wednesday, March 09, 2022. Funeral Services will be held at Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home on Sunday, March 13. Visitation will be held between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm with services being officiated by his brother-in-love, Reverend John Kellum beginning at 3:00 pm. Interment will follow at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mason Tennessee.
Born to R.L. and Sylvia Janet (Cranford) Coulston on June 04, 1947 in Mason, Tennessee, Rodney was a cornerstone of small business owners in Covington, Tennessee. Rodney together with his brothers Bob and Mike operated R.L. Coulston and Sons, which was started by his late father and mother.
Rodney graduated from Byars-Hall High School in Covington, Tennessee, where he was co-captain of the football team. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in Industrial Engineering. After marriage, he and Suzanne moved to Burlington, North Carolina, where he worked with Western Electric; his team of engineers worked on the prototype of the original video phones. Rodney and Suzanne eventually returned to Covington Tennessee where he joined the family business, later becoming president of the company after his father’s death. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Covington.
There was never a doubt about the love Rodney had for his family and he worked hard to provide for them. He enjoyed yearly vacations with his family whether it was camping, going to the Kentucky Lake, going snow skiing, or trips to the beach. He was an avid boater and water skier, loved raising waterfowl, and loved gardening. He took pride in his harvest of pecans, blackberries, and blueberries and sharing them with family and friends. The world may be darkened without Rodney but his light will shine on through everyone who knew him. His fun spirit will never leave our hearts.
Rodney was preceded in death by his father and mother. Mr. Coulston leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Suzanne (Massengill) Coulston, four children, Jason Coulston of San Diego, CA. Jennifer (Charles) Stevens, of Brighton, TN, Kim (Dan, MD) Duzan, of Knoxville, TN, and Kristen Coulston of Knoxville, TN. He also leaves behind his loving grandchildren, William and Andrew Ballard of Brighton, TN and Joshua and Samuel Duzan of Knoxville, TN and bonus grandchildren Kobie, Caleb and Cara Stevens of Casco, ME. He leaves his sister, Patricia (George, MD) Higley of Collierville, TN, and two brothers, Robert (Joy) Coulston and James Michael Coulston of Covington, TN. He leaves his extended family: Peggy Shaver, Jimmy (Flo) Massengill, Farris (Alice) Massengill, Steve (Kim) Massengill and Tina (John) Kellum, and a host of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be offered to First Baptist Church Building Fund, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or charity of choice.