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Randall "Rex" Rouse, Jr. August 30, 1938 - February 3, 2024

Born: Tuesday Aug 30, 1938

Died: Saturday Feb 3, 2024

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Randall “Rex” Rouse, Jr of Eden, NC, died Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Moses Cone Hospital after a 15-year battle with congestive heart failure. He was a wonderful husband, brother, father, D+Daddy, respected CPA, avid Tar Heel, and life-long Episcopalian.

A memorial service will be held Friday, February 9, 2024 at 1pm at Church of the Epiphany, 538 Henry Street, Eden, NC. The family will receive friends at the Morehead-Fair House, 420 Boone Rd, Eden, NC, following the service.

Rex was born August 30, 1938 in Kinston, NC to the late Randall Rex Rouse, Sr. and Carrie Nunn Williams Rouse. He grew up in Raleigh, NC and graduated from Broughton High School in 1956 where he was first chair bass clarinet. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he participated in the Marching Tar Heels and graduated with an undergraduate degree in accounting in 1960. Upon graduation he started his career in accounting, ultimately establishing his own firm in December of 1965. Rouse, Rouse, Rouse, and Gardner, LLP is a thriving business in Eden of which two of his partners are his wife and son. He truly loved his CPA practice and cherished all his client relationships. Never wanting to retire, he was working until the day he entered the hospital.

Rex was an avid sports fan who wouldn’t dream of missing a Carolina men’s or women’s basketball or football game. He was in the Rams Club and had football season tickets for many years. He especially loved watching his grandchildren compete. Swimming, tennis, baseball, field hockey, and soccer events filled many weekends as he traveled watching Hannah, Rachel and Reid.

Rex was a proud Episcopalian. He loved singing in the choir starting at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Raleigh and continued to share his love of music and the church with the Church of the Epiphany in Eden. From serving in the vestry, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, and singing in the Epiphany Trio, he loved his church family.

Rex was a valued citizen of Eden. He was an accomplished Eagle Scout earning 21 merit badges. He was also a member of the Army National Guard. In Eden he served as Treasurer of the United Way for 24 years, and served as President and Treasurer of the Draper and Eden Rotary Clubs. Rex was a two-time Paul Harris Fellow for his contributions to Rotary International. Rex also was on the local Board of Southern National Bank and later the board of BB&T for many years.

Rex had a tremendous love of travel, adventure, and the water. Rex and Judy traveled together to all 50 states, numerous countries, and historical sites. They completed river trips on the Mississippi, Columbia, Ohio, the Danube, the Mein, and the Rhine, but his love of waterway travel began as a child on a creek in his Raleigh neighborhood. He continued to connect trips over his lifetime traveling by water from Raleigh, down the Neuse river to the intracoastal waterway and on to Key Biscayne, Florida. Later in life, he continued his travel, this time primarily by kayak on the Dan. He traveled from Danbury to Edenton and on to Swansboro NC connecting the trips he began in his Raleigh neighborhood.

His greatest passion was his family. He was a devoted husband for 57 years to the love of his life, Judy. He was a dedicated father to his son, Victor. His grandchildren, Hannah, Rachel, and Reid loved their D+Daddy. He not only adored them but was so very proud of each one.

Rex was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Judy Grogan Rouse; his son, Victor Rouse (Deanna); and his grandchildren, Hannah (Liam Ward), Rachel, and Reid. He is also survived by his sisters Gaille Smith, Carrie Witter (Gary), Anne Clarke (John), brother-in-law Kennis Grogan (Billie), and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Church of the Epiphany, 538 Henry Street, Eden, NC 27288, the Eden Boys and Girls Club, 1026 Harris Street, Eden, NC 27288, or the UNC Health Rockingham Foundation, 117 E. Kings Hwy, Eden, NC 27288. 

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Rex was a friend, colleague and most of all, mentor. It was most satisfying to receive that wry smile of approval he gave as recognition of a job well done. I so enjoyed our kayaking conversations, but what I think I'll miss the most is his singing the Lords Prayer at Rotary. I will cherish those memories. Peace be with his family and loved ones. 

Julie Talbert

Judy I am so saddened to hear of Rex's home going!  Goodness !  He will be missed by so many lives he touched!  Praying for you and Vic and all the families involved!  He truly was a special friend since the late 60's from Mize Motors on the Boulevard!  Much love and prayers!

Martha Patterson

So sorry 

we loved Mr Rouse

Prayers for the family 

Councilman Jerry Epps

Dear Judy and Family,

Wow! What a life Rex enjoyed as evidenced by all of his travels and time with his family.  He was a wonderful man and will be missed by many in our community.  Please know you are all in our thoughs and prayers.

Beth and Darrin Pulliam

I've worked with Mr. Rouse for nearly 20 years conducting the annual audits for the Town of Wentworth. He has always been a joy to work with and I loved hearing about his grandchildren. His face would light up whenever he spoke of them; he was so very proud. He was equally proud of his wife and son. My heart breaks for them now; I know they will miss him so. 

Yvonne Russell

We are so sorry to hear of Rex's passing.  Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ron & Lisa Shively Harbour

Dear Judy and family,  I was in shock to hear about Rex. It wasn't that long ago that I saw him getting a haircut. I can wait all certainty say that Rex Rouse was the Finest man that I have ever had the privilege to know. He Faithfully sang in the choir for the 14 years that I was Organist and Choir Master of Epiphany. I know how much that he loved to sing and to be honest,  there is not another base singer in all of Rockingham County that could hold a candle to him. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers as you deal with the loss of sweet Rex. He was ONE IN A MILLION!   I have all of you in my prayers during this sad time! I am saddened to lose him and wish that he were here to sing in my new group.  I know beyond doubt that Rex is singing in the Heavenly Choir and enjoying every moment of it.  I love you all.  John 14:27.  Naomi Roberson Bailey Gullickson +

Naomi Roberson Gullickson

Dear Judy and Victor:

So sorry to hear of Rex's passing . We had similar life interests such as music, Boy Scouts, and Rotary. I pray that God will give you an extra measure of His peace and presence during this time and the days to come. 

Ed Holbrook

Sending my condolences to the entire family. Rex was one of a kind. Super great man. RIP REX.

Lee Woods

Dear Judy and family, I'm so sorry for your loss of Rex.  A good man who lived his life well.  Our community has lost an outstanding citizen.  Prayers for peace and comfort.

Joyce Minter

So sorry for your families loss. What a difference he made!

Larry Easterwood

What a great read and incredibly lived life. I wonder if I might have passed Mr. Rouse paddling on one of NC's many amazing waterways. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family, and as always, go Heels!

Jeff Hinshaw

What an awesome person to know and talk with about anything. Rex loved people  and chatting. He was such a respected man in the community, both as an accountant, honest, trustworthy and served many civic organizations. Where you saw him, you saw his wife. They were always together. May God comfort the family during this time of bereavement. Godly man!

Tommy Griffin

Judy, You and your family are on my heart and in my prayers💜

Lou Brame

"Mr. Rouse" was the auditor for my former employer, The Town of Wentworth. My first encounter with Mr. Rouse was in 1999 when he came to audit our books. As a new employee in a "new" municipality, I was, to put it mildly, quite intimidated. The gentleman who came in with that powerful voice, asking all kinds of questions, all the while displaying that sly grin and anxiously anticipating my answers to his questions, became a welcome partner to help me understand and appreciate municipal government. I retired in 2013 but Mr. Rouse has been contracted year to year as the Town's auditor of choice. Who could not love and appreciate Mr. Rouse and all his accounting knowledge and personal accomplishments! He was, of course, most proud of his family, Judy, Victor, Deanna. and the grandkids. I cannot imagine what a loss this is for his family and I truly want to express my deepest sympathy to them. The obituary is superb, finer than any President or King. Rest in peace, sir...I look forward to seeing that "sly grin" again, on the other side.

Brenda Ward

Dear Judy, the Rouse family, and members of the office, 

I'm extrememly sorry to hear about your loss. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time auditing and helping Rex out on his client's. He was an amazing individual and fellow CPA that helped inspire my career in the field of accounting. I'm forever grateful for the time I spent working with him and at your firm. Keeping everyone in my prayers!

Cameron Smith

Judy and Family,

I am expressing sincere condolences from my husband and me along with my parents Jerry and Carol Kasten.  W have much admirations for all that Rex has done for our community.  We wish you peace as you go through this difficult time.

Kelly Stultz

Kelly K Stultz

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