Former NC GOP Chairman, Frank Rouse, Official Obituary

Editor’s Note: There will more more coming on Mr. Rouse, as KCC knew him, personally.  For now, here is his obituary.  May God comfort the Rouse family in this time of sorry, especially on such a gray, cloudy day.  Please keep your thoughts and prayers with them.  As you will note, he had many accomplishments, but his greatest was his family.

Frank A. Rouse, 72, of Morehead City, died Saturday, December 18, 2010, at Carteret General Hospital.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Monday at Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church with Dr. Billy Seate officiating.

Mr. Rouse graduated from Moss Hill High School in Lenoir County. He served as the Senior Class President and attained the rank of Eagle Scout as a Boy Scout.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from NC State University. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon social Fraternity, and the ROTC Drum and Bugle Corp.

He organized the NCSU College Republicans and served as president of the organization. In Lenoir County, he organized and served as president of the Young Republicans, and on the Lenoir County Republican Executive Committee. In Carteret County, he also served on the Republican Executive Committee.

He was Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party when Jesse Helms was elected to the US Senate and James E. Holshouser was elected as NC Governor. He was a member of the Republican National Committee, the Southern Association of Republican State Chairmen, and the NC Republican Party Central Committee and Executive Committee.

He served as President of the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad, and Vice President of the NC Railroad. He was a member of the NC Development Council and served as Deputy Secretary of the NC Department of Transportation.

He was a veteran, having served in the United States Marine Corps. He was an instrument rated, multi-engine pilot. Upon relocating to Carteret County in the early 80’s, he was a developer in Emerald Isle, helping to develop Emerald Plantation and Lands End. He owned and produced Coastal Headline News, broadcasting in Carteret, Craven, and Onslow Counties.

He was awarded a membership to the NC Republican Party Hall of Fame and a recipient of the J. E. Broyhill Award. He was a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jane Rouse of the home; daughter, Mary Catherine Green and husband, Martin Green, III, of Raleigh; son, Franklin A. Rouse, Jr., of Leland; granddaughter, Elizabeth Jane “Liza Jane” Green of Raleigh; brother, James Earl Rouse and wife, Susan of Moss Hill,; niece, Wendy Jackson and husband, Bryan of Winston-Salem; and great-niece, Mary Elizabeth “Emmy” Jackson of Winston-Salem.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Earl Rouse, and Mary Linville Rouse; and daughter Elizabeth (Betsy) Rouse Mosley.

The family will receive friends after the service at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the East Carolina Council Boy Scouts of America,
payable to ECCBSA,
PO Box 1698
Kinston, NC 28503

or to the

Carteret General Hospital Foundation
Critical Care Unit
PO Drawer 1619
Morehead City NC 28557.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home in Morehead City, NC.

One Response to “Former NC GOP Chairman, Frank Rouse, Official Obituary”

  • Michael Emery:

    As a Sigep, a veteran, and a Republican I offer my condolences to the Rouse family. I was not so fortunate, as to have ever met Frank Rouse, but I appreciate the man that he was. May God continue to bless this fine family, and may your hearts be eased by the knowlege that Frank will forever live within them.

    Michael Emery