Local Farmer, Businessman Junior Rouse, Dies at 83

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Marshall Junior Rouse

Longtime local farmer, and businessman, Marshall Junior Rouse died late last week, he was 83.

Rouse was a native of Manila, and was a championship athlete at Manila High School. Following his graduation from MHS he joined the United States Navy, and was later a member of the National Guard. After leaving the Navy he returned to Northeast Arkansas and took over the family farming operations. He continued as a farmer for some 43 years, before retiring in 1995.

He was also involved in a number of business interests, and was an active commodities trader and licensed real estate broker. Rouse also owned a local motel, and built, owned and operated the Arkansas State Revenue office when it was located on South Thornton in Piggott.

Rouse was also active in politics with the Republican Party in the 1960s and 1970s. Among his accomplishments was the work he did in campaigning for Winthrop Rockefeller, who served as governor from 1967 through 1971. In later years, he also actively campaigned for Lt. Governor Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, and was subsequently appointed to a two-year term on the Arkansas Board of Corrections.

An avid sports fan, he spent his later years enjoying a slower pace and volunteering his assistance with the local Farmers Market.

A visitation was held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, at Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home in Piggott. In memory of Rouse, the family suggests contributions to the Piggott American Legion post or the Piggott Elementary School Needy Children's Fund.

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