OBITUARY

Lloyd "LJ" Neal Rouse Jr.

August 26, 1973March 30, 2021
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Coach LJ went to be with his mama on March 30, 2021. He is preceded in death by his mama, Myra Brown; and his grandmama, Sarah Kate Park. He is survived by his loving wife, Ginger Rouse; sons, Trey Rouse and Kaman Rouse; and many, many friends who LJ considered family.

LJ leaves behind a legacy of coaching young men in various sports, that not only taught them the game, but how to succeed in life. He coached many sports and thought of all of the kids as his own. He will be truly missed by everyone who knew him.

A celebration of life visitation will be held on Tues, April 6 at Elmwood Chapel beginning at 10 am, with a celebration of life service to follow at 2pm. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery. The services will be livestreamed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ridoutselmwood. Honorary pallbearers will be all former and current coaches and players.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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Ryan Vermillion

April 18, 2021

I remember it was the fall before I joined the Hooligans. We were in the championship against the Hooligans and from how I saw them play, I wasn’t too confident we were gonna win that game. After the first inning or two we were down 6-0 and I knew they’d already won. Later in the game though, someone made an error and I can remember that loud yell of “HEY GET YOUR GLOVE ON THE GROUND” from LJ. That yell was the most intimidating and scary yell I’ve ever heard in my life. That same fall though, LJ asked me to come and sub for the Hooligans. When I heard that name, Hooligans, my heart stopped. That yell was the first thing that came to my head. I decided to play though and it was fun playing with them. We ended up winning that tournament and he asked me to be on their team in the spring. I agreed, but that first practice I remember him yelling at me saying, “GET YOUR GLOVE ON THE GROUND!” I didn’t wanna get yelled at again during that practice so I had my glove on the ground if a ball was hit to me, and even chested up some baseballs. LJ taught me A LOT of things on how to play baseball, life skills, and manners. He has helped countless people in any way you can think of. Thanks coach LJ for all that you’ve done for me. You won’t be forgotten.

Rob Vermillion

April 18, 2021

I remember we played a game at Thompson High during a baseball tournament one summer. One of the teams that we played was particularly loud in the dugout when they were at bat – a little too loud for LJ’s taste (and the rest of us Hooligans for that matter). This particular team took it a little further than cheering for their own team, tried to rattle our pitcher and annoy the team a little too much. We were the home team, and had the first base dugout, so we had the field first. LJ sat on his Cooperstown ball bucket calling pitches, and listened quietly to the opponent heckle the pitcher for the first half inning, heckle anyone making a play in the field. Once we got the third out and ended the half inning, he gathered the boys around him as usual, but I saw him speak to our boys a little longer than what was typical before we had our at-bat. The boys finally took their places in the dugout for their at-bat, the first couple of batters started warming up with their bats, and LJ walked over by their dugout to take his place as the third base coach. As our first batter stepped to the plate, our boys erupted with so much noise and yelling, I knew something was up – they never did this. They might give a “good cut” or “nice hack” after a swing, but NEVER constant noise and yelling. LJ just stood there for the first pitch or two, again, over by their dugout, letting the boys yell. Finally, when the count was like 2-2, LJ yells to our dugout “HEY!! WE ARE NOT A BUNCH OF SOFTBALL GIRLS. KEEP IT DOWN OVER THERE”. The boys quieted down and went back to what they typically do. The inning later ended and we swapped sides, and we never heard another peep out of their dugout. I don’t remember how we fared in that tournament – we won our fair share and then some, but LJ yelling across the field to our boys but really addressing a different dugout is something I will never forget. I can still hear the yell - “HEY….!”. LJ setting up something like that was a thing of beauty.

Rob Vermillion

April 18, 2021

I went back to look when I last spoke to LJ, it had been a little too long – middle of February. He asked about my son Ryan’s high school baseball schedule for the spring. We went back and forth by text a few times that day, promised to get together for dinner soon, and as usual, LJ ended the conversation with “Thanks brother”. LJ taught my son – I suspect all of our kids – a lot more than just things on the field. Politeness, respect, true life skills. I can’t tell you how many times I heard the exchange “Yes what? Yes sir”. I truly regret not directly thanking LJ for everything he did for my son. I know at first glance LJ may have seemed a little rough, maybe brash, a little too loud, but I don’t think he was any of those things – he was just LJ. I know he loved every kid he ever coached, every family he ever brought into his own. LJ’s passing leaves an awful hole, but he’s left a fantastic legacy in every kid he’s coached and I know he’s made the world a better place.
Thanks brother.

Yohance Prioleau

April 11, 2021

Ginger, Trey and Kaman I love you all! LJ forever! Love you Brother!

Steve Dickey

April 7, 2021

Spent a week with LJ and Trey playing golf in Tennessee last summer. Had a great time and was so impressed with how LJ treated Trey. He was so supportive of Trey and set such a great example of a father’s unconditional love for his son! I will greatly miss LJ! Love you brother!

Kiersten Riggins

April 7, 2021

John Firnberg

April 6, 2021

Coach LJ was my first coach in any sport, from 5 years old till I was 20 he always kept in touch and always told me, if I needed anything, to let him know. I owe many of my great childhood memories to Coach, I’ll never forget his impact on my life. Thank you LJ, we will all miss you.

brennan wheat

April 6, 2021

Memory of me and coach lj in gulf shores riding go karts

Wesley Coffee

April 6, 2021

I was LJ’s boss but I always felt like he was the one leading me. He taught me so much about leadership and positively impacting others. LJ always made it a point to beat me to work, even when I wouldn’t let him clock in for overtime! He still had to beat me there. Winning was his thing, but not the only thing. More importantly he wanted to help others win and I have witnessed this daily in the 3 years I have known him. He also talked me into golfing after a 10 year hiatus and I had the best weekends with him and his family. They took me in like one of their own and I am grateful for that and am forever in their debt. Miss and love you brother! I am thankful to call you my friend. Enjoy exploring the unknown and I will see you on the other side.

Claire Myers

April 6, 2021

Ginger, Trey, and Kaman,
Our family LOVES YOU!!! Your dad, and each of you, have touched all of our lives, and we are so thankful.

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