Age 54, was born February 17, 1960 in Lansing, Michigan. Eric passed away on Saturday, September 6, 2014.  Eric graduated in 1978 from Waverly High school and was captain of his high school basketball team. Eric retired after 30 years of service at General Motors. He loved to golf, travel, hunt and fish. He enjoyed attending Tigers baseball games and was an avid sports fan, GO GREEN, GO WHITE!

Eric is survived by his wife, Tammy; children, Whitney Couthen, Eric Couthen II, Nicole (Paul) Hartje, Amanda (James III) Canham, Brandon (Tylyn) Lange; 3 grandchildren, Tiger and Lola Hartje, Crue Lange; brothers, Chris (Kathy) Couthen, Ronald (Toni) Ansley, Keith Ansley; sister, Linda A. Sims-Wright; aunts, Vivian Stallworth and Bobby Green; in-laws, Benn and Carol Johnson; brothers-in-law, Keven Johnson, Tom (Lisa) Johnson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Eric was preceded in death by his parents, Mittie and Robert Pollard and James Couthen; grandmother, Bertha Bowler; and brother, Elliott Couthen.

A memorial service will be held at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery, Weidman, MI.

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14 Messages to “Eric G. Couthen”

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    Darya Flagg-Moore Says:

    Yeah, Eric was smooth alright! We fondly referred to him by his nickname coming up, “Gaba”. I don’t know who gave him that nickname, but it sure did suit him! What a smile he flashed with those brilliant white teeth of his! Strong and courageous to the very end. Much loved and much missed, and never forgotten! Your Cousin, Darya

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    Dan Clark Says:

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. It was really great knowing and working with him at the Lansing Center.

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    Shirley Denslow Says:

    I didn’t know Eric that well but I know that he made Tammy very happy so he must have been a great guy. She would always have a smile on her face when she talked about him. I wish they would have had more time together. Tammy my thoughts and prayers are with you and I am here if you need anything.

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    Lance Goodman Says:

    Hello to all my loving family. I miss you all very much. I haven’t talked to the majority of you for quite sometime but I currently live in California. My phone number is 678.365.7891.

    To my Uncle Eric, I love you with all my heart. I was blessed with such a wonderful loving family as whole so I can honestly say that Uncle Eric along with all my other Uncles are my favorites. Uncle Eric was really special to me because he was cool and laid back. And he always supported and encouraged me no matter what it was that I was doing. When we’d come visit Michigan, we’d always have a blast. My memories of him great and he showed how strong he was by battling cancer for the last year. Now that he’s no longer here in the physical, I will miss him dearly but I believe in Jehovah God and Jesus Christ and pray that I will see my Uncle again. I really wish I could be there with the family but know I’m there in mind, heart and spirit. I have spoken to Uncle Cookie and made arrangements to speak to alot of the family Saturday.

    Love Lance K. Goodman

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