Otis D. Ruffin

Otis D. Ruffin

July 24, 2023, 61, Wilson —

The Management and Staff of Williams & Ashford Funeral Directors join with the Ruffin and connected families to announce the earthly departure of Mr. Otis D. Ruffin, 61, of Wilson, NC. Mr. Ruffin transitioned on July 24, 2023, at the Mt. Olive Center, Mt. Olive, NC.

To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-3

Mr. Otis Devon Ruffin, known as “Oatmeal,” was born July 26, 1961, in Wilson County, NC, to the late Richard Ruffin, Jr., and Shirley Ruffin Howell. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Howard & Mamie Artis, Richard & Mamie Ruffin, Uncle Bishop Howard Artis, and his aunt, Mary Howell.

Otis received his education in Wayne County Public Schools. He worked as a brick mason for years. In later years, he was a resident at Genesis of Mount Olive, NC. All his family and friends will truly miss him; he was especially fond of his aunt, whom he called Aunt Bunny. No more suffering, no more pain. Sleep on my son and our brother. We love you but God loved you best.

He leaves to cherish his precious memories, his mother Shirley Howell; daughter Ornetta Bunn of Newark, NJ; his son O’terron Bunn of Pennsylvania; two brothers: Jeffrey (Melissa) Ruffin of Goldsboro, NC, and Nicky (Larissa) of Fuquay Varina, NC, three sisters, Kimberly Wilson of Virginia, Beverly (William) Jacobs of Clayton, NC; Pamela (Ellengton) Artis of Kinston, NC, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild; three uncles: Bishop Joe Ruffin of Upper Marlboro, MD, Leroy (Frances) of Fremont, NC, and Jesse (Vernell) Ruffin of Wilson, NC; three aunts: Elder Pennie (Robert) Harrison of Wilson, NC, Mrs. Dorothy Artis of Fremont, NC, Elder Alice Locus whom he called (Scooter) of Wilson, NC; two great aunts, Mrs. Maggie Diamond & Mrs. Arvis White of Wilson, NC; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and a long-time friend Doris Hagans of Wilson, NC.

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal, just the master doing his will.

Services of Love & Compassionate Care have been entrusted to Williams & Ashford Funeral Directors and Cremations, LLC.