Charles Foster Rouse, age 87, passed away on January 12, 2020 at Life Care of Sparta, Tennessee.
He is survived by his wife loving wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Rouse.
Charles was born August 27, 1932 in Springfield, TN to the late Nancy Lee Hill and Jessie Lee Rouse also special grandmother Ozella Mills and grandfather Edna Mills.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Nancy Lee Hill and Jessie Lee Rouse; sisters, Betty League, Peggy Nowlin, and Barbara Atkins; brothers, John Lewis, Michael (Hammer) Lewis;
He is also survived by his brother, Nathaniel and wife Pam Lewis of Sparta; sister, Linda Sue McReynolds of Nashville;
He is also preceded in death by father-in-law and mother-in-law Sara and James Leftwich; brother-in-law, Sammie Dibrell, Jeff Leftwich, Don Leftwich, Johnny Leftwich, and Tommy Leftwich.
He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Joyce Dibrell of Sparta, Margaret Leftwich of IN, and Wendy Leftwich of Sparta; brothers-in-law, James and Susie of Sparta, and Glenn and Connie Leftwich of Sparta; a host of nieces and nephews and numerous friends.
Charles attended Wallace/Smith Elementary School in Sparta, TN, First thru Eighth grade. He was transferred by bus to Darwin High School in Cookeville, TN. Charles attended from 1950-52. In 1952, Charles went into the U.S. Navy. He trained in San Diego, California for four years. He was transferred to Norfolk, Virginia in 1956.Norfolk, Virginia was his home port from1956-67. Charles was in and out to sea for training, stationed on a U.S. Destroyer. In 1967 he was transferred to Key West, Florida for two years. In 1969-70 he was transferred back to Norfolk, Virginia. On April 9, 1971 he retired from the Navy. It was a hard and trying time, but with God on our side, we could do all things. Charles was a member of the Church of Christ for most of his life. He loved working for the Lord any way he could. He loved to garden and plant roses. He also worked for the State of TN. Highway Dept. and Edd Rodgers for years.