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Arvis H. Ruffin

Arvis H. Ruffin, 80, of Laurel, MS, passed away Friday, May 15th, 2020 at the Jones County Rest Home in Ellisville, MS. He was born Monday, October 30, 1939 in Laurel, MS.

A private graveside service will be held Monday, May 18, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Big Creek Cemetery. Bro. Cliff Jenkins will officiate. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Laurel is in charge of arrangements. (601) 649-3342

Arvis was a veteran of the Mississippi Army National Guard. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent among many other roles. He loved his church family dearly and was loved by them.

He began working for the GM&O railroad in 1958 and worked for the railroad for 43 years before retiring in 2001. He was an avid outdoorsman and wood worker. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nolan and Mary Dykes Ruffin; infant son, Henry Ryle Ruffin; brother, Cecil Ruffin and mother-in-law, Bertha Hill.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Pat Ruffin, Laurel, MS; children, Connie Williams (Terry), Ellisville, MS, Tonya Parish (Scott), Laurel, MS and Kyle Ruffin (Katie), Hernando, MS; grandchildren, Matthew Williams (Emily), Ellisville, MS, Haley Haigler (Daniel), WPAFB, OH, Zach Parish (Jayci), Columbus, MS, Chelsea Blackledge (Jay), Ellisville, MS, Nolan Ruffin and Nick Ruffin, Hernando, MS; great-grandchildren, Bryton Williams and Kambry Williams, Mattilyn Haigler, Lydia Haigler, Sydney Haigler and Coraline Haigler, Finley Parish, Fisher Parish, Kennedy Blackledge and Knox Blackledge; sisters, Nelda Herrington (Tom), Laurel, MS, Ruby Copeland (Jim), Ellisville, MS; brother-in-law, Boyd Hill (Charlotte), Columbus, MS and a host of extended family members.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Williams, Nolan Ruffin, Nick Ruffin, Jay Blackledge, Bryton Williams and Boyd Hill.

Our family wishes to extend special thanks to the staff of Jones County Rest Home for the loving care given to our husband, dad and granddaddy during his illness.

Memorial donations may be made to The Gideon's International.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.colonialchapellaurel.com

 



Arvis H. Ruffin
October 30, 1939 - May 15, 2020

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