Michael “Mike” Lawrence Teeter

Michael “Mike” Lawrence Teeter

August 10, 1947 - March 27, 2015

Michael “Mike” Lawrence Teeter

August 10, 1947 - March 27, 2015


Michael “Mike” Lawrence Teeter, 67, died on March 27, 2015, at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.

Born August 10, 1947 in Zanesville, Ohio, Mike was a 1965 graduate of New Lexington High School. Mike volunteered to join the combat forces of the Marine Corps during the height of the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart twice. Mike suffered from myriad health issue for decades, many of which he attributed to his exposure to Agent Orange while in Vietnam.

Mike’s service with and to veterans remained a lifelong cause as demonstrated by his membership in the VFW, the American Legion, the Rolling Thunder, and his service as the State Treasurer of Tennessee of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Treasurer of his Local Chapter of DAV in Nashville. In his leisure time, Mike loved riding his Harley – often with others in the Harley Owners Group (HOG), playing golf, shooting pool, and listening to the Blues.

A former underground coal miner, Mike went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Following his graduation, Mike worked as a financial analyst for EDS, a multinational information and technology company and subsidiary of GM. Thereafter, Mike worked as a financial planner for the Saturn Company at its corporate headquarters in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where he organized and ran a billiards league for several years.

Mike is survived by his wife Trang Teeter of Hendersonville, Tennessee; mother Evelyn Cotterman of New Lexington, Ohio; son Michael Zane Teeter of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Zane’s mother, Jeanne Herrin Teeter of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; step-sons Bill and Boone of Hendersonville, Tennessee; brother and sister-in-law Dave Cotterman and Paula Hatem Cotterman of New Lexington, Ohio; sister Lisa Cotterman Green of Shepherdstown, West Virginia; sister and brother-in-law Ruth Teeter Crawford and Marcus Crawford of Grovetown, Georgia; step-sister and her husband Connie Teeter Montag and Ken Montag of Bremen, Ohio; cousins Ted Stimmel (Judy) of New Lexington, Ohio and Evelyn “Puz” Stimmel Moyer (Don) of Zanesville Ohio; nieces Jessica T. Green Miller (Brian) of San Francisco, California, Rachel Cotterman Smith (Todd) of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, Camran Contanzarite (Jacob) of Denver, Colorado, Kathryn Barnett of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Michelle Craig of Bremen, Ohio; and nephew Christopher Mulliss. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Teeter; maternal grandmother Freda Stimmel; maternal grandfather Franklin Seymour Stimmel; and paternal grandparents Earl and Ruth Teeter.

The family will visit with friends on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 PM at First Apostolic Church, 265 Broadmoor Drive, Nashville, TN, 37207. Funeral Services will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. on April 1, 2015. Burial procession, escorted by Rolling Thunder ®, Inc. Chapter Tennessee 1, will be held on April 2, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. starting at First Apostolic Church proceeding to Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery with interment to follow at 10:00 a.m.

Memorial contributions in honor of Mike are welcome and may be directed to:
– Disabled American Veterans Charity in care of the DAV, 6th & Un Bldg G22, Nashville, Tennessee 37243;
– Operation Stand Down Tennessee, 1125 12th Ave S, Nashville, Tennessee 37203;
– Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 953, P.O. Box 792, Madison, Tennessee, 37116-0792.

Cremation Society of Tennessee is assisting the family with local arrangements. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.cremationsocietyoftn.com.


  • Date & Time: April 1, 2015 (11:00 am)
  • Venue: First Apostolic Church
  • Location: 265 Broadmoor Drive Nashville, TN

Funeral Service

  • Date & Time: April 1, 2015 (1:00 PM)
  • Venue: First Apostolic Church
  • Location: 265 Broadmoor Drive Nashville, TN


  • Date: January 1, 1970
  • Venue: Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery
  • Location: 7931 McCrory Lane Nashville, TN 37221

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8 responses to Michael “Mike” Lawrence Teeter

  1. I worked with Mike while at Saturn. I learned immediately that you always knew where you stood with Mike and you always knew what was on his mind! LOL! He loved shooting pool and riding his Harley. If I didn’t make an EDS/Saturn lunch at the Chinese buffet in Cool Springs he would email me and threaten to show up at my house. LOL. Thank you Mike for your service to this country but thank you even more for your friendship. Rest in peace brother.

  2. I need to add Mike also was a life member of Jerry Reed Music City Amvets post 1776 and a life member and former treasurer of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 953. He was on the Board of Directors of each as well. Mike was a great friend and I always looked forward to seeing him at our events. As Team Lead, I could always trust Mike to take care of the Fund Raisers at the Rivergate Wal-mart. Last year, Mike and I started golfing together. We were already discussing outings in April, that now, are not to be. RIP my friend.

  3. Mike and I worked together for EDS at the Saturn Northfield location, in Spring Hill for over 10 years. Actually, we sat in a double cube for a few years working with Financial Analysis for EDS account. At the office we experienced 9/11 together, which devastated him and brought back some not so good memories. He was with me at lunch one day and I had a TIA-stroke, called security for ambulance and kept in touch. He was so concerned and visited me,while I was out on sick leave. He was always a good listener and good friend and I will miss him. At lunch time, we would take a motorcycle ride sometime! Remember a large hill in Columbia and going pretty fast. We laughed about that. I am proud that I knew Mike, he was very focused on Veteran Affairs and fund raisers for our soldiers. He endured a lot in Vietnam and paid for it through his life until a few years ago, when he told me, he was at peace. He visited VN and even married a lovely lady from there. I do believe he was happier than he had ever been. My husband and I had the pleasure of being invited to his home in Hendersonville in 2014. I am so glad we were able to be there with him, talking about his record collection and looking at beautiful pictures of his wedding and other pics of VN. Rest in Peace my Friend will see you again.

  4. Alice Cain says:

    Lit a candle in memory of Michael “Mike” Lawrence Teeter

  5. Ted Copeland says:

    Mike was a great leader, teacher and friend to us at VVA and AMVETS, wish I had met him when we both worked at Saturn. He will be sorely missed. Prayers to his family

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