2010-09-01 / Obituaries


Charles Benjamin Rouse Sr., 79, of Houston, Texas and Colquitt, passed away peacefully at home in Houston surrounded by his family on August 21, 2010, after a courageous eight year battle with lung cancer.

Ben was born July 5, 1931, in Tifton to Norma Uldine Smith and Benjamin Ralph Edwards. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father John Louis Rouse; maternal grandparents, Louisa Rebecca Hamlin Smith and Charles Walter Smith (Bucci) of Tifton; and paternal grandparents, Julia Ann Edwards of Baker County and Benjamin Franklin Edwards of Mitchell County.

Ben graduated from Albany High School in Albany in 1949 and The Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 1957, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He continued his education by completing the three year General Electric Manufacturing Management Program in 1960.

Serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, his service ribbons included Good Conduct, China Service, Navy Occupation, Korean Service (six stars) and United Nations. He received the Korean Conflict Cross of Military Service from the Dougherty County Chapter 187, UDC. A descendant of six Revolutionary patriots, Ben was a past member of the Paul Carrington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Ben was a Southern Baptist, a brilliant businessman, and a role model of integrity, generosity, relentless commitment, and loyalty. His legacy is the independence of his children and grandchildren through education. Ben leaves behind many friends who shared his love of golf and football.

Ben is survived by his wife of 53 years, Wauneithe Mitchell Rouse; daughter, Susan Wauneithe Rouse; son, Charles Benjamin Rouse Jr.; and daughter, Pamela Hilda Rouse Wright and husband John Griffin Wright. Grandchildren include Dr. William Hailey Dunklin III and wife Allison Elizabeth Morgan; Sarah Elise Mitchell Dunklin; Charles Benjamin Rouse III; Hunter Warren Rouse; and David Mitchell Rouse. He is also survived by his sister, Virginia Ann Rouse Donovan of Albany, and cousin, Warren "Bunky" Smith of Covington.

A private family burial service was held at Crossroads Cemetery, Damascus, Early County, on Sunday, August 29, 2010. Reverend James Glysson Craft officiated.

Colquitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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