Wednesday, January 10, 2007

William Peterson (Bill) Couch (1936-2007)

Obituary of William Peterson Couch (1936-2007)

William Peterson (Bill) Couch was the son of Claude Campbell Couch and Mary Lillian Blalock, both deceased. His uncle was John Burch Blaylock (the way he spelled it), the long-time Caswell County Register of Deeds.

William P. Couch
Jan 10, 2007 - 10:17:20 am CST

Hernando, Florida -- William P. Couch, 70, died Saturday, January 6, 2007 at Citrus County Hospice House in Lecanto. A native of Bridgeton, New Jersey, he was born December 25, 1936 to the late Claude C. and Mary (Blaylock) Couch, and came to this area in 1993. Mr. Couch served in the National Guard and Ready Reserve, USAR stateside. He was an educator in the Bridgeton School system for 32 years, teaching history, sociology, law and had his master's degree in guidance. Bill grew up near the Delaware Bay and enjoyed hunting, fishing and metal detecting. His family stated that he found many coins, rings and other unique items during his metal detecting adventures. He was also an avid military historian. Mr. Couch was a 32nd degree Mason, belonging to Brearley Lodge # 2 in Bridgeton and was a member of Hernando United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Donna (Scarberry) Couch of Hernando, Fl; one son, David and wife, Jeanna Couch of Blanch, NC; his twin sister, Ann Chytka and her husband, Joseph, Hernando, Fl; two grandchildren, Jaysunn and Dannielle Couch.; his father in law, Merle E. Scarberry, Barboursville, W.V; sister in law, Kathy Bledsoe, Charlotte, NC; brother in law, Ronald M. and wife, Barbara Scarberry, Barboursville, W.V; and seven nieces and nephews, Matt, Michael Eric and Nancy Chytka and Christian and Justin Bledscoe and Stacy Bias.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at Harrelson Funeral Service Chapel. Interment will follow the service at Blalock Family Cemetery in Prospect Hill.

Source: The Caswell Messenger, 10 January 2007 (Reprinted with Permission)

The following is from the Bridgeton News:

Retired BHS teacher Bill Couch dies

Thursday, January 11, 2007
Staff Writer

BRIDGETON -- Friends and former colleagues remembered fondly on Wednesday the memories and adventures they shared with William Couch.

A teacher at Bridgeton High School for 32 years, Couch enjoyed hunting, fishing and metal detecting, they said.

But what they remembered most about Couch was that he wasn't just a history teacher, bow hunter or angler.

He was also Superman.

"In school, we used to call him Clark Kent because of his appearance," former student Ken Brown recalled Wednesday. "He looked just like Superman. Everything about him was like Superman."

Couch passed away Saturday in Florida 13 years after he retired there.

He was 70 years old.

There are still plenty of people around who can remember just the kind of person "Couchy" was.

"He was a fun-loving guy, who was very kind and compassionate," Doug Rainear recalled on Wednesday.

Couch and Rainear both attended BHS in their younger days, and returned to teach at the school after they had received their degrees.

"I think there's a special bond between teachers that actually went through the BHS system and then returned to the school to teach for it," Rainear, current Cumberland County Freeholder Director, commented. "We shared a love for the school."

Dale Hall, another high school classmate, said that he, too, thought of Couch as a caring and compassionate man.

"He was just a good friend," he said. "He was a guy you could always depend on."

Hall added that he also spent many humorous hours hunting with Couch.

"He was a very nice person to be around," he commented. "I always had a lot of fun with him."

Perhaps in light of his fun-loving and carefree nature, friend and colleague Ron Filler said Couch was someone his students respected.

"He was well thought of by all of his students, and was respected by all of them," he remarked. "They still called him Mr. Couch years and years after he left."

Filler added that Couch was also a man who was passionate about what he believed in.

"He was a civil rights person that wasn't afraid to express himself," he said, adding that Couch was also an avid military historian. "He would write a letter (to the newspaper) without even thinking about it. He was not afraid to let people know how he felt."

Couch is survived by his wife of 46 years, Donna; a son, David Couch and his wife Jenna; a twin sister, Anny Chytake and her husband Joseph; two grandchildren, Jaysunn and Danielle Couch; and many nieces and nephews.

After a brief service at the Charles Davis Funeral Home in Hernando, Fla., Couch will be transported to Prospect Hill, N.C. for burial in the Blaylock family cemetery.

A memorial service will be held at the Harrelson Funeral Home in Yanceyville, N.C. on Saturday.

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