Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Ellis Rouse, Andrews - Funeral services for Ellis Rouse, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Herman Gibson, Jr., the Rev. Handsome Major and Apostle J. Bernard McCray, were held Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Andrews. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at The Rouse Cemetery of Andrews. Mr. Rouse died Monday, July 14, 2014, at Carolina Hospital Systems of Florence. He was born May 3, 1939, in Gordine, the son of the late Ollie and Emma Thompson Rouse. Eight siblings, James Rouse, George Lee Rouse, David Rouse, Esaw Rouse, John Willie Rouse, Mack Rouse, Leroy Rouse, and Ella Bell Rouse Warren, preceded him in death. He received his education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. He was a lifelong member of the Great Present AME Church, where he was a member of the Male Choir, Trustee, and Usher Board.
Survivors are: his wife, Annie Mae Rouse of the home; three daughters, Floria McCray (J. Bernard) of Kingstree; Mary Major (Handsome) of Salters; and Glory Hood (Wilbur) of Charlotte, North Carolina; 10 sons, Ron McKnight (Patricia) of Miami, Florida; John Rouse (Brenda) and Calvin Rouse of Hemingway; Rollie Rouse of Kingstree; Antonio Rouse, Sr. (Kathy), Randy Rouse (Demetria), and Timothy Rouse, all of Charlotte, North Carolina; Frederick Rouse (Satonya) of Salisbury, North Carolina; Otis Rouse (Wendy) of Lake City; and Elijah Wright (Maria) of Rochester, New York; two sisters, Edna Chandler of Andrews; and Martha Darby of Kingstree; two brothers, Jacob Rouse of Andrews; and Wilson Rouse of Rochester, New York; 40 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; and four grandchildren that cared for him like a father, Ebony Rouse-Murray, Octavia Fluitt, Bryan Rouse, and Denzell Rouse.