Gerald Couturier

Obituary of Gerald Anthony Couturier


Gerald Anthony Couturier, 79, passed away peacefully and in his home on December 6, 2023. Gerald was born on March 26, 1944, in Charleston, South Carolina to the late Julian Beattie Couturier, Sr. and Myrtice Alene Sedgwick Couturier.

He is predeceased by his beautiful and loving wife of 58 years, Vera Barnette Couturier, who passed away on November 3 this year. He is also predeceased by his loving parents.

He is survived by his daughter, Christina Couturier Kibler (David) of Chapin, SC, his daughter Angelique Couturier of Goose Creek, his son Gerald A. Couturier, II of Charleston and his daughter Aimee Couturier Sumrall (Joe) of Navarre FL. He is also survived by his 6 grandsons, Brian MacEachern, Brad MacEachern (Kayla), Matthew MacEachern, Jacob Kibler, Andrew Kibler, Tyler Kibler, and his Great-Grandson, Noah McEachern, brother, Julian Beattie Couturier Jr. (Kathleen), sister, Renee Couturier Runey (Leon) of Mt. Pleasant, sister-in-laws Gloria Barnette

Budge (Tom) of Beaufort, Judy Barnette of Awendaw, Margaret Pace of Columbia, and numerous nieces and nephews in the Couturier and Barnette families whom he loved dearly and taught many things about life on the Folly River. Gerald was pre-deceased by his brothers-in-law, Marion, Richard, Robert, and Jack Barnette, and his nieces Lori and Carmen Barnette and nephew Darrell Barnette.

Gerald never met a stranger and was a successful salesman in a few different industries, but his favorite was being a yacht broker and helping those who were buying their dream yacht.

Gerald was raised in Charleston and was a graduate of Bishop England High School, Class of 1962. He loved Charleston and all the surrounding islands especially Folly Beach, where he enjoyed spending time for fifty plus years at the family beach-house. Gerald loved taking his family on boat rides to Morris Island, Bird Key, the Jetties, and the Charleston harbor. He loved fishing in the creeks of Folly and was known to have many secret fishing spots where he, his son and family would catch spot-tailed bass (some too big to keep), spotted trout, sheepshead, flounder, baby sharks, sting rays and more.

Gerald loved nature and was an avid outdoorsman. His family was amazed at what he “would see” in the woods or on the water, that no one else even noticed, even with his macular degeneration in later years, he could sense and see obscure things in nature.

He loved his family and enjoyed sharing his knowledge of fishing, crabbing, shrimping, cooking, hunting, boating with his children, six grandsons, nieces, nephews and many others; too many to count.

Gerald will be missed by so many; he had an incredible story telling ability and a big, kind heart! He had a quiet faith, but loved Jesus and we know he is with our beloved mother and with Jesus and we will see him again.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 14 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Parish Hall, 7 St. Teresa Drive, Charleston, SC 29407.

A funeral service and Interment will be held on Friday, December 15 at 1:00 pm at Holy Cross Cemetery, 604 Fort Johnson Rd, Charleston SC 29412.

Memorials can be made to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

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