Lenwood Earl Rouse

February 12, 1930 - March 15, 2020
Lenwood Earl Rouse


Lenwood Earl Rouse, age 90 of Winnabow, NC passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020 at his home.

He was born in Greene County on February 12, 1930 the son of the late Pearson and Fannie Dail Rouse.

Earl was a member of Anchor Baptist Church in Porters Neck where he was a faithful follower and
Deacon. He came to Wilmington as a teenager at the age of 15 to live with his brother and work in
His grocery store. He worked in insurance sales until he got a job with The Sherwin Williams Company.

He was a store manager for many years and then promoted to District Manager of this region. After 33 years with the company he retired only to work in the Kitchen and Bath Family Business until later in his life. He loved to fish and did some golfing but he especially loved working on home projects. He was a graduate of New Hanover High school. As a young man he was a member of the Optimist and Elks.

Earl is survived by his wife of 38 years, Donna Buffkin Rouse; children, Dennis Rouse (Patti), Terri Rouse, Jeannie Solis (Eddy), and Jonna Baker (Travis). He has one surviving brother, Alvis Rouse of Roanoke, Virginia, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Due to current health concerns, a memorial service will be planned and announced at a later date.


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  • March 18, 2020
    Carolyn Norris Sellers says:
    Donna my thoughts and prayers are with you and family. Praying for peace and comfort through the days ahead.

  • March 18, 2020
    Gail Rouse says:
    Dear Donna & Family, May the memories of Uncle Earl, held deep inside your heart, help to comfort you during this difficult time. You're all in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy. I know he was so happy to see his brothers and sisters. Rest in peace Uncle Earl. Love, Mike, Gail, & Robbie Rouse

  • March 19, 2020
    Ann Tiner lit a candle:
    Lit since March 19, 2020 at 3:39:43 PM

  • March 19, 2020
    Jeff and Renae Fountain says:
    So sorry to read about Earl’s passing. We loved to see him coming through our door. He was always so kind! Our thoughts and prayers to the family!

  • March 22, 2020
    Bob and Carla Knowles says:
    Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Earl. I was so blessed to know and work with Earl for many years. He was a big influence in my life personally and professionally. A true leader and optimist taught me so many work and life experiences. Someone I could talk with and get valuable advice and encouragement.. Love you Earl.