Funeral services for Hilda Faye Rouse, 76, of Basin were held on March 21, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Crossroads Free Pentecostal Church.
She was born in Basin community on Sept. 16, 1944 and lived her entire adult life in the Buzzard Roost community where she raised her family. She graduated from Lucedale High School in 1962. She found her church home at Crossroads Free Pentecostal Church in the 1960s and spent the next 60 years as a member there serving her Lord and Savior with dedication. She taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, sang with the Crossroads Quartet and even filled the pulpit upon request at Crossroads and other churches. She started the Missionettes Ministry at Crossroads and served at Mercy House Ministries for the past decade. She was instrumental in providing Bibles all over the world through her fundraising efforts in her home area.
She had the reputation of thinking of others first, demonstrated by the fact that if one knew her very well, they would receive a birthday or an anniversary card from her on their special day. She gave great thought to the card that she sent to each person; and she made their card special for them individually. The recipients looked forward to receiving their card because they knew it came from the love she had for them.
She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and Christian. She lived her life in such a way that pointed those around her to Jesus. She applied to her own life the many lessons she learned through her dedicated study of the Bible. After a wonderful Christing life, she has gone now to receive her Heavenly reward. She died March 19, 2021,
She is survived by her husband of 51 years Butch Rouse; son Dayton (Christy) Rouse; grandsons Luke Rouse, Mark (Tessa) Rouse and Jude Rouse; sister Anna Merle; brother Stanley (Elnora) Slay and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parentsw Bernise and Mary Evelyn (Ball) Slay; brothers James Charles “J. C.” Slay, Russell Slay and Tommy Slay;