Roger L. Couch was born in Spartanburg County on February 1, 1950. He is the son of the late Kenneth O. Couch and Catherine Ramsey Couch Edwards.
Judge Couch attended public schools and graduated from Paul M. Dorman High School in 1968. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctors Degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1975. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar on November 11, 1975.
Judge Couch was engaged in the private practice of law in Spartanburg County for twenty-one years prior to his taking the office of Master-in-Equity for Spartanburg County, on July 1, 1997. He served on the Spartanburg County District #6 School Board for twenty years and is a member of the Downtown Spartanburg Rotary Club.
Judge Couch is married to the former Joy E. Ayers, and has two children, William R. Couch and Robert A. Couch. He has one stepson, James D. Jennings.