The funeral service of Lt. Thomas Clifford (Cliff) Rouse, 39, of Camilla, GA. who died Thursday December 23, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital will be conducted Tuesday December 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at te Gillionville Baptist Church. Rev. Olen Cain will officiate. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery with full law enforcement honors, including the “Riderless Horse” Mounted Unit and the Uniformed Police Honor Guard will perform the flag folding ceremony and presentation of the National Colors to the family.
Born in Albany, GA, Lt. Rouse was raised in Newton, GA and had resided in Albany, GA for seven years before moving to Camilla, GA. He was a 1990 graduate of Mitchell-Baker High School and joined the Dougherty County Police Department in September of 1992. Lt. Rouse held assignments in Patrol Division, Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, Detective Division and for the past seven years has served as a Patrol Division Watch commander, supervising one of the four Uniform Division Patrol Sections. He was a certified police field training officer, and had received over 1700 hours of advanced police training, including completion of the Law Enforcement Supervisory Training Series at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.
He was promoted to Sergeant in 1999 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007. Lt. Rouse was selected as the Dougherty County Police Department “Officer of the Year” for 1997. He received numerous commendations for service to the Community and has been actively involved in the training and professional development of new officers. Lt. Rouse received the following Dougherty County Police Department Commendation Bars: Medal of Valor (Posthumously), Dougherty County Police Department officer of the Year Medal, Community Service Medal (Posthumously), Purple Heart Medal (Posthumously), Field Training Officer Bar, Fifteen Year Service Bar and the Active Duty Military Service Medal. Lt. Rouse’s Badge # 27 will be permanently retired in his honor.
He served in the United Sates Army (Georgia National Guard) in 1991-1992 and was honorably discharged upon completion of active service. He received the Army Service Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal.
Survivors include his wife, Christine Clements Rouse, a son, Thomas Braxton Rouse and a daughter, Bradey Lynn Rouse all of Camilla, GA, his parents, Tommy and Jackie Rouse, Newton, GA, a sister and her husband, Debbie Rouse Jones and Mike, his father and mother-in-law, William and Virginia Clements all of Camilla, GA.
The family will receive friends Monday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers those desiring may make memorials in honor of Lt. Thomas C. (Cliff) Rouse to any Security Bank & Trust for a fund set-up for his children. All law enforcement officers will serve as honorary pallbearers. To sign the online registry or to send condolences to the family, you may visit Mathews’ website at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.