Eric G. Couthen

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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Tammy and Norm Knott
September 7, 2014 at 7:09 pm

All our love and prayers to you and your family.
Eric was such a great guy and husband to you. We were thankful for him everyday.


Tammy and Norm

September 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I could not have wished for a better man to take care if our family. Eric, you made my mom happy every day and I love you for it.

Joe Winans
September 10, 2014 at 10:56 am

Very sorry to hear of Eric’s passing. I worked with Eric at GM, not only at plant 3 but also went to GR the same time he did. Didn’t get to know him til later in our years there. Later I would run into him getting his morning coffee at Speedway. He would be heading to the Lansing Center, which ironically, I saw him a few times there. Great guy. My sympathies to the family.

Terry Senyczko
September 11, 2014 at 3:52 am

Love you brother.

Deborah Turner
September 11, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Buffalo NY condolences to the family of Eric G Couthen Our Prayers are with you during this time of Bereavement , you will be missed We extend our love and may the Lored shower you with his blessings and love Cousins Deborah ,AAron sr,Aaron Jr and Tanai

Vivian Stallworth
September 11, 2014 at 7:41 pm

May the Lord be with you during this time condolences to all of you Eric will be missed by all of us but he is no longer in pain aunt viv
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Deborah Turner
September 11, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Our hearts are aching for your loss, we send our condolences and love to the family during this time of bereavement Eric will be missed by all of us Our prayers are with you cousins Deborah,Aaron Sr Aaron Jr & Nat-eYZ

john stallworth
September 12, 2014 at 11:26 am

Codelences to the Couthen family during their time of bereavement Unable to be there with you but you have my love and prayers cousin John E Stallworth

carolyn evans
September 12, 2014 at 11:35 am

Our family sends their condolences to the Couthen family during their time of grief Our Love and Prayers are with you Cousins Pernell Sr,Carolyn,Pernasia & Pernell Jr

Dan Harris
September 12, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Sorry to hear of Eric’s passing. I went to school with him and recall throughout the years at Waverly that he was a friendly person. My prayers are with all of you.

Lance Goodman
September 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm

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

Shirley Denslow
September 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm

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.

Dan Clark
September 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm

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

Darya Flagg-Moore
August 21, 2015 at 9:42 pm

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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