Friends and family remember Bruce Dexter Rouse as a man who devoted his life to music and his family.
The 34-year-old Augusta native was a noted musician in the area and performed locally with PlayBack "The Band" featuring his cousin Tutu D'Vyne as lead singer.
He died Sunday at Anova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.
"Bruce was very family-oriented and was usually the catalyst for our cookouts, reunions and other family events," said older brother George Bush, whom Mr. Rouse lived with after relocating to Woodbridge, Va., last year
"His nieces and nephews were crazy about him."
Mr. Rouse also was dedicated to the band and was the ultimate "people person," Mr. Bush said.
After attending T.W. Josey High School, Mr. Rouse, nicknamed "ShyBrother," went on to work at various jobs involving technical sound installation.
His primary role with PlayBack was as the group's equipment and sound manager. He also sang lead and backup with the group.
Mr. Rouse also worked the sound and mixing boards for a number of touring hip-hop music artists.
He also worked for the Richmond County Board of Education, and at his time of death, he was employed with Blockbuster retail outlets in the Washington, D.C., area.
"His passion was music and the family. We already miss him dearly," Mr. Bush said.
Funeral services are scheduled for 4 p.m. today, at Kinsey & Walton Funeral Home, 3618 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta.
Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.