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La Grange-Carrie Elizabeth Rouse Outlaw Howard, 90, of La Grange, quietly and peacefully passed away Monday, August 21, 2017. Carrie was born April 30, 1927 in Lenoir County to the late Forrest Rouse, Sr. and Daisy Irene Williams Rouse. Her husbands, James Romie Outlaw and Adolph “Bud” Howard, Jr. preceded her in death. Carrie was a graduate of Meredith College. Following graduation, Carrie taught school for several years before devoting herself to motherhood. Carrie later went to work and retired from Caswell Center where she worked as a caregiver. Carrie’s infectious smile and sense of humor brightened every room she entered. Her smile and gentle hugs allowed her to connect with everyone she came in contact with. She loved working in her yard, bird watching and admiring God’s wonderful creations. A lady of strong faith, Carrie worshiped her Lord at Daly’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Her faith in God and concern for others was exhibited in all she did. Carrie’s family has many fond memories of times gathered around her table enjoying good food and fellowship. No one fixed a better pig picking cake. Life for Carrie revolved around her family, church and community. Her life and positive attitude set an example for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that will lead them all their lives.

A service to celebrate and honor Carrie’s life will be held Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 6 p.m. from Rouse Funeral Home. A committal service will follow on Thursday at 11 a.m. from the Outlaw-Dupree Family Cemetery.

Carrie is lovingly survived by a daughter, Ronda Kaye Outlaw (Nissim Shimoni); son, Ronnie Bryan Outlaw (Hillary Outlaw); special cousin, Barbara Hines Shepard; three grandchildren, Cameron Outlaw Yones (Chris Yones), David Smith (Kim Carter) and Derrick Smith (Casie Daniels); nine great-grandchildren, Tagan, Ryleigh, Gatlin, Baylee, Hannah, Karsyn, Caylie, Mallary and Jordan; and seven siblings, Willie Rouse, Spot Rouse, Bob Rouse, Edna Smith, Eleanor Latimer (Spike), David Rouse (Amy) and Forrest Rouse, Jr. In addition to her parents and husbands, Carrie was preceded in death by three brothers, Ernie Rouse, Weldon Rouse and Marvin Rouse.

Family and friends will be received Wednesday following the service and at other times they will be at the home of Ronnie & Hillary Outlaw. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Daly’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, c/o Barbara Shepard, 5471 Liddell Road, Seven Springs, NC 28578 or Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, NC 27534. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.


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Daly's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, c/o Barbara Shepard

5471 Liddell Road
Seven Springs, NC 28578

Kitty Askins Hospice Center

107 Handley Park Court
Goldsboro, NC 27534
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