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“Celeste, Al, & Alex,Our hearts are breaking for your loss. To be so full of life and leave this earth so young is hard to understand. The times we...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Doug and Sandy Elliott - Greer, SC

“Celeste and heart goes out to you in your loss. At times like these there really are no words of comfort. Only God's Grace can provide...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Barbara Saverino - Summerville, FL

“Al, I'm so sorry about the death of your son. It sounds like to me that your son is just like you. You make a point in making others feel better by...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Gene Patrick - Hollywood, SC

“Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. You treated me like a person when others didn't. I'll never forget it, and I hope you're rewarded for it on...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Greyson Adams - VA

“My deepest sympathies,Cody and I served together on CVN 74. During our tenure, we had shared the same duty section and were assigned to the in-port...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Ryan Mackenzie - Norfolk, VA

“Celeste, our hearts break for you and your family. Cody was such a sweet kid. I wish there were some words of comfort that I could say to ease your...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Nisey Thomas - Charleston, SC

“I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot come to the service due to my wife's surgery tomorrow but be assured I will be with you in my thoughts and...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Bill Hayes - Summerville, SC

“Al, We accept our most sincere condolences on your son's passing. Sincerely, Krissy & GrangeK3Ez ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Grange Simons,111 Lucas - SC

“So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Peggy Salvage - Charleston, SC

“My condolences to the Couch family, and to Cody's wife. I had the pleasure of watching him grow into a young man, while playing football with his...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Mark Gillispie - Charleston, SC

“My Deepest Condolences to the Entire Family.It is with a heavy and sad heart I write these words. I met Cody My New Nephew just a Very Short time...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Beaux Gonsales - Tulare, CA

“My condolences to the entire family, will truly be missed. His smile will continue to live on with the family . ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Ricky Martin - Martinez, GA

“We had the pleasure of hosting Cody in our home a few months back while he waited for Summer. Although his time here was brief he left a lasting...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Samantha Valdez - Clovis, CA

“I wanted to give condolences to Cody couch family. Cody couch was a very wonderful person I meet him on the John c Stennis ball. He was a good friend...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Elizabeth Hernandez - Brownsville, TX

“Dear Celeste and Eric - Sending prayers for strength and comfort for the days ahead. Much love to you both and your family. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Cindy Endres - Homestead, FL

“One of the most genuine humans I've ever been around. Loved being around him in school, the wrestling room, and in drama class. He will always be in...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Bobby Ruff - Charleston, SC

“So sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the feelings of losing a child but I know you and your family were very proud of Cody, his service to our...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Jeff Foster - Friend

“I am so sorry to hear about Cody. I am praying for the whole family. May God comfort you during this difficult time. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Kim Cofield Benke - Friend

Cody Allen Couch passed away on August 22, 2021 at the age of 26. The family will receive friends on Friday, September 17, 2021 at the J. Henry Stuhr Inc., West Ashely Chapel from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be a full military honors ceremony at Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, South Carolina, this Monday, September 20, 2021 at 10:00 am. The funeral service will be available via Livestream by using the following link:​

Born on July 12, 1995 in Charleston, South Carolina, Cody will always be remembered as the life of the party. With a mischievous gleam in his eyes and a smile on his face, he could be counted on to make people laugh, and if he wasn't doing that, he was probably playing a joke on someone. As a teenager, he had wanted to pursue an acting career, and his dramatic flair made a lasting impression. Cody was tender and he cared deeply about people-he loved his family and friends and remembered all those who had touched his life in some way. If Cody ever saw anyone by themselves, he would always be the person to go talk to them and make a new friend. His love for others spilled over into a love for animals, too. As a child, he brought a wild baby raccoon home (which he wanted to keep as a pet) and growing up, his family had a house full of dogs. He had future plans to take classes to become a conservation agent and dreamed of working with apes. Cody was athletic-he played football as a middle schooler and was a member of the West Ashley High School wrestling team. He enjoyed bow-hunting and was most at home in the woods, camping or mudding with friends. His other interests included working on cars (his dream was to rebuild a 1968 Chevelle), solving mechanical issues, and playing video games. He graduated with honors and while he earned a Palmetto scholarship, he chose instead to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, George Stiefel, a Pearl Harbor survivor, by serving his country in the U.S. Navy.

He attended boot camp and advanced electronic school in Chicago, Illinois. In Norfolk, Virginia, he attended C-school and upon completion was assigned to the USS John C. Stennis in Bremerton, Washington where he participated in an around-the-world deployment that finished in Norfolk, VA (and which made him a "Shellback," an honor among sailors in recognition of crossing the equator). He served as FC3 while manning both the Close-in Weapons Systems (CIWS) Sea Wiz and Nato Sea Sparrow, two of the ship's most important defensive weapons systems.

During his time in the navy, he picked up First Class Petty Officer on his first attempt. He was also awarded multiple Navy and Marine Achievement Medals for his dedication to exceptional leadership along with earning the the title of Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. He was able to serve on two deployments while onboard CVN-74, giving him the opportunity to see and experience exciting places like Marseille and Paris, France; Dubai, UAE; the Philippines; Thailand; Guam; Bahrain; Singapore; and South Korea.

While in the Navy, he made several very close friends that became his family. He also met the love of his life, Summer Lujano Couch of Tulare, California. This time last year the family was frantically preparing for their wedding, a small Covid wedding with only a few close family and friends in attendance, and of course, Reaper and Ozzy, his beloved pet dogs who served as ring bearers. He looked forward to the day he would have children and be able to take them fishing.

Cody was preceded in death by his his maternal grandparents, George Wyman Stiefel (Lillian); paternal grandparents, Albert Samuel "Sammy" Couch, Jr. (Marie); and his uncle, George Franklin Stiefel.

Cody is survived by his wife, Summer Couch; his mother, Celeste Stiefel Spires, and his stepfather, Eric Thad Spires; his father, Albert Samuel "Al" Couch, III; his brother, Alexander Sage "Alex" Couch; his stepbrothers Bradley and Mason Spires; his aunt Janis Stewart Stiefel; his aunt Melanie Stiefel Cole (Bruce); his uncle Shawn Melvin Couch; cousins Gair, Colin, Ryan, Erin, and Elise; and his Shiba Inu puppies Axl and Daisy.

Donations in Cody's memory can be sent to SAR (Suicide Awareness and Remembrance), SSS (Stop Soldier Suicide), and USO (United Services Organization).

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