Larry Coulter, the mayor of Montrose and tireless advocate of the Southeast Arkansas Delta, passed away Sunday. He was 62.
When elected mayor of Montrose in 2005, Mr. Coulter began a mission to improve the lives of its citizens. He founded the Montrose Regional Commerce Project and co-founded the Montrose Heritage Festival which celebrates the Heritage of Montrose’s past and prospects of its future.
As mayor of the small Ashley County town, Coulter took advantage of more than $2 million in grants and economic aid for a walking fitness trail, a training room for the fire department, a new fire truck, fire equipment, funding for a new police officer, a weather siren, a drug dog, a library, a road project, senior citizen’s center, a sidewalk from the post office to city hall, and the installation of a city-owned wireless Internet network for the community.
Through his efforts, Coulter and the City of Montrose won several community awards including the 2007 Ashley County tourism award and the Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition’s first annual Regionalism Award. He also won the Arkansas South Tourism Award in 2010 for promoting tourism in South Arkansas.
Coulter was a member of the Arkansas Municipal League’s Second-Class City Advisory Committee, the Arkansas South Tourism Board, the Southeast Arkansas Development District, the Mainline Mayors Association, the Ashley County Home Town Health Council, the Southeast Arkansas Regional Literacy Council, Southeast Cornerstone Coalition, the Ashley County Extension Council, the Hamburg Rotary Club, and the Delta Leadership Network.
Born and raised in Desha County, Coulter graduated from McGehee High School where he was class president in 1969. He attended Henderson State University and graduated from Rhema Bible School. He held Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Theology, and was pastor of several churches in Southeast Arkansas. He led multiple missions and community projects prior to his city leadership roles.