Bennie Ruffin, Jr.August 19, 1935 ~ February 6, 2016 (age 80)
Deacon Bennie Ruffin, Jr. a native of Choctaw County was born August 19, 1935 to the late Deacon Bennie Ruffin, Sr. and Laurine (Slay) Ruffin. Deacon Ruffin made his heavenly transition on Saturday, February 6, 2016, with his loving wife and family by his side.
Deacon Bennie Ruffin attended Choctaw County Training School and graduated in 1954. After graduating, Bennie served in the United States Army for three years. After serving in the United States Army, Bennie returned home for a brief period before departing to Toledo, Ohio. Bennie worked there for many years before retiring. He returned home, where he attended the American Baptist Seminary for five years, graduated in 1994 with honors, majoring in Christian Education.
Deacon Ruffin attended the Little Hope Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, faithfully teaching Sunday School and Bible Study. He was an avid Bible teacher, where he taught at many churches all over the county, New Hope Baptist Church, Salem Baptist Church, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, St. Mary’s United Methodist Church, and many others. Deacon Ruffin taught to whomever and wherever he found the opportunity to do so. Deacon Ruffin married his beautiful, loving wife, Minnie McCall Ruffin. Deacon Ruffin’s passion was to teach Bible Study. His hobbies were gardening and sports. His favorite team was the Cleveland Cavaliers – favorite player, Lebron James.
He leaves to cherish his memories: a wife; one brother; five sisters; a mother-in-law; four brothers-in-law; six sisters-in-law; five step-children from Akron, Ohio and Jacksonville, Florida; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.