Joseph Wesley RouseApril 24, 1939 ~ May 14, 2017 (age 78)
Joseph W. Rouse passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017, following a courageous battle with cancer. Joe was born in Magnolia, NC, on April 24, 1939, to the late Joseph H. and Rannie K. Rouse. After graduating from Magnolia High School in May, 1957, he enlisted in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. He proudly served his country for twelve years, including a one-year assignment in Vietnam from September, 1966 to September, 1967. In June 1969, at the expiration of his enlistment, he left the military and, in 1970, he began a career with the US Government in the field of automated data processing, retiring in 1993 with 36 years of military/government service.
Joe was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather and was most proud of his family.
He is survived by: his wife of 58 years, Geraldine; his daughter, Cathy Rouse, his son, J. Shannon Rouse (Tamara), his granddaughter, Sarah, and his grandsons, Matthew and Carson. He also leaves a brother, Robert Gene Rouse (Anne), two sisters, Betty R. Tucker (Ellis), and Sharon R. Smith (A. Q.), five nieces and one nephew and their families; four aunts, Sindy Whaley, Mavis Brinson, Janet Cox, and Lois Rouse; two uncles, Paul Kennedy (Barbara) and Floyd Kennedy (Nora); and numerous cousins.
After retirement, he and Gerri loved traveling and took many wonderful trips in their RV. He adored his children and grandchildren, and was always there to love them, and to support and encourage them in their endeavors. He will be greatly missed. Joe was a humble servant; he loved his Lord. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and on many committees in varied capacities. He was active in numerous mission functions of the church and immensely enjoyed helping others.
A “Celebration of Life” service to remember Joe will be held on Monday, May 22, at 2:00 pm in the Trinity Baptist Church Recreational Outreach Center (ROC), conducted by the Reverend Dr. G. Jeffery Roberts. Visitation will precede the service, beginning at 12:00 Noon. Inurnment in the Church Columbarium will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, Shaw Mission Fund, 4815 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.
A service of Bright Funeral home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest (919) 556-5811