Rouse Mortuary Service
& Crematory

About Us




L. Wayne "Sandy" Rouse

May 20, 1938 - September 16, 2010

Our company began when Sandy Rouse took a job at Edwards Funeral Home in Snow Hill, NC, what is today known as Taylor-Tyson Funeral Home. Just 17 years old, Sandy worked seven days a week for little pay. A few years later he graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service to return home to Snow Hill. At the age of 21, he was asked to be the Greene County Coroner, where he served 12 years.  He also served 10 years in the State Medical Examiners System. In the 1960s while serving as Greene County Coroner, Sandy noticed an increase for the demand of Embalming and Transportation. He became the first trade embalming service in the state and after establishing his own building at his own expense, it was destroyed by fire a few years later.

In 1993, after Pitt County had asked him to continue his service, Sandy opened the doors as Rouse Mortuary Service and Crematory. A few years later he opened an additional office in Raleigh, NC.

After more than 50 years in the funeral service profession Sandy retired and occasionally helped his son Wayne Rouse, who followed in his father's footsteps. Wayne began traveling with his dad to different funeral homes, at young age.  He watched his dad closely.  After leaving the United States Coast Guard, where he served five years, Wayne returned home to help his dad.  He worked along beside his dad, picking up different techniques and skills to become an excellent embalmer.  In 2000 he became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.  Wayne now owns Rouse Mortuary Service. 

Sandy retired to his home place on Highway 13, two miles outside of Snow Hill, which he purchased in 2006. The 100+ acre farm was home to Sandy and his three children, Wayne, Steve, and George. There he fostered his love of horses and many other animals. George worked with his father prior to his death in 2003, and Steve owns an established commercial restaurant equipment business in New Bern.

Rouse Mortuary Service & Crematory is truly a family business. Sheila Rouse, Wayne's wife, is the office manager, and Sheila's brother, Clayton, works as a transporter and crematory operator.  Wayne's cousin, Michelle Churchwell has a Funeral Service degree and is working towards her funeral service license.  As an employee she is a crematory operator and works along side of Sheila in the office.

Wayne is an avid outdoorsman.  He loves spending time at his camper, whether it is at the beach or at an ATV park.  Wayne is also a family man.  He loves spending time with his wife, Sheila and their son, Josh.  Together they enjoy going to ECU Pirate football games. (GO PIRATES!!)  Wayne is also an animal lover, he loves to play with his best dog buddy, Jax.  


Sandy was proud of his accomplishments and his business motto lives on for Rouse Mortuary Service & Crematory... We Can Handle It and We Can Still Do One More!




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