The Honorable Julius A. Rousseau Jr., 88, retired senior resident Superior Court judge for the 23rd Judicial District (Wilkes, Ashe, Alleghany and Yadkin counties), died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem.

A celebration of life service will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at First United Methodist Church of North Wilkesboro, with Dr. Tim Roberts and Dr. William T. Medlin III officiating. The Rousseau family will receive friends following the service in the Faith Center.

Born in North Wilkesboro on Dec. 3 1930, Judge Rousseau was the son of the Honorable Julius A. and Gertrude Hall Rousseau. Julius A. Rousseau Sr. was an N.C. Superior Court judge from 1935-1958. Combined, the father and son served as N.C. Superior Court judges for more than 50 years.

He and the former Gary Maxwell were married in August 1955 and they had one son, Julius A. Rousseau III, an attorney in New York City who is married to Sharon Campbell Rousseau. The couple lived in Wilkesboro until they moved to Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community in Winston-Salem a few years ago.

Judge Rousseau is survived by his wife, son and daughter-in-law; his adopted grandchildren, Daniel, Jay and Stephanie Shinaman and Neal and Jackson Smith; his special friends, Dr. and Mrs. Brad Shinaman and Mr. and Mrs. Brian Smith; his sister-in-law; Kathryn McGrew; and many loved nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Nelle Rousseau Bailey, Frances Rousseau Alspaugh and Nancy Rousseau Kern.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Wilkes ADAP, P.O. Box 968, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659, First United Methodist Church of North Wilkesboro Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1145, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659 or to the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.

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