Richard “Ricky” Rouse
November 18, 1954 - September 25, 2023

Richard Marvin Rouse, better known as Ricky, 68, of Jacksonville, previously of Kinston and Mt. Olive, passed away on September 25, 2023, in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He was born on November 18, 1954, in Lenoir County, NC to the late Richard Basil Rouse and Clara Jean (Johnson) Rouse.

Throughout his life, Ricky had a diverse work experience. He dedicated 15 years of his career to Barrus Construction and also worked at Mar-Mac Aggregates, Faulkner Farms and Trucking, Best Sand and Gravel, Morton Minerals Trucking, and Lenoir County Landfill. Ricky was a hardworking individual who took pride in his various roles.

Outside of work, Ricky had a passion for nature and the outdoors. He enjoyed visiting with his friends, fishing and was an avid hunter. He was always tinkering on a project, whether it be building something or welding a motor of some kind. Ricky had a jokester sense of humor and was known for pulling pranks. He never met a stranger and could always be found sharing laughter and joy with those around him.

He will be deeply missed by his surviving family and friends, including his son Marty Barwick (Kristi) of Mt. Olive; daughter Meghan Brown (David) of Jacksonville; step-daughters Mary Jenkins and Dawn Wiggins both of Kinston; grandchildren Sara Leeann Barwick of Mt. Olive, Justin Barwick of Goldsboro, and Willow Pimenta of Jacksonville; great-granddaughter, Sha’lynn Jones; and brother, Jessie Rouse of WA. He also leaves behind his very special friends Debbie Rouse, Joe and Kathy Barwick, Lim and Deborah Lewis, and Betty Anderson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Nell Garris.

His family is hosting a Celebration of Life service in the form of his favorite, a pig pickin’, to honor Ricky at 1 o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, November 18th, 2023 at Sand Hill Volunteer Fire Department, 3216 British Road, Kinston NC, 28501, where he was a proud member for several years.  All who knew him are encouraged and welcome to attend. If you need further information, you may contact Meghan or Marty.

Ricky’s warm presence and loving nature touched the lives of many, and his memory will be cherished by all who knew him.

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Coastal Cremations of Jacksonville is serving the family.



  • Debbie Rouse Posted September 28, 2023 11:02 am

    Ricky was a big part of my life for a long time. We had great times, good times, and some not so good times, but he knew he could always count on me to be there for him. I will always have a special place in my heart just for Ricky! I will miss you my dear forever, until we meet again! Love Deb

  • Betty Anderson Posted September 28, 2023 5:51 pm

    Ricky you will be missed by many but the love I had for you as a friend was like no other! We had our talks on the phone,I would go sit with you while meghan and David worked and had their plans and I would even spend the night with you while they had their little vacay and I enjoyed every minute of it. Gosh the stuff we would talk about! You will forever be in my heart and missed so much but I know in my heart that we will meet again some day! I will miss you so much so until we meet again fly high my angel!

  • Earlene Maxwell Posted September 28, 2023 6:30 pm

    I have known Ricky since I was 16 years old. He always had a smile and most of the time a joke behind it. Even all these years of only being friends he always told me he love me when we spoke. He did love his family and friends dearly. RIP my friend. You will be missed. Love you

  • Christina edwards Posted September 28, 2023 10:02 pm

    I will miss you uncle Ricky!

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