Death of William E. Rouse

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Death of William E. Rouse - William E. Rouse If it be possible, as much as...
William E. Rouse If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Romans xii:18. WnxiAM E. Rouse died yesterday as he had lived at peace with all men. He put into practice the injunction St. Paul delivered to the Romans In the verse quoted above as few men are able to do, for strife was abhorrent to his nature and, to the contrary, he inspired friendship immediately on making an acquaintance. In his passing, the community has lost not only a progressive leader of community advancement, but a personal friend. i Mr. Rouse's life was, in major degree, the life of Newport News. He came here when the city was little more than a village. Starting from scratch, he built up enviable business Interests through his own efforts, and he did so in a manner which contributed to, rather than sapped, the resources of his community. It is noteworthy, too, that as a business man he had the quality, too often missing from men in his position, of delegating authority and inspiring the man to whom he delegated it to make good In the assignment. This was apparent in his relations to the Daily Press, of which for the past 14 years he had been chief stockholder. If he had a story to give, he simply gave the pertinent data to a reporter and walked out, after a courteous "thank you," and left the composition of the story up to the reporter. It was another phase of his ability to win friends. ' Cheerful and happy, Imparting some of his own happiness to others; putting his Christianity into practice both in the highest ethics and in support of the church's work; always ready to contribute by suggestion or hard personal work to the progress of his community that was the man whom thousands knew as Billy Rouse. When such a man goes to his reward, he leaves a void among those who knew him. ' Is of

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  1. Daily Press,
  2. 21 Jun 1945, Thu,
  3. Page 4

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