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Lawrence Alexander Ruffin


Sunrise: June 22, 1948

Sunset: July 20, 2022

Lawrence Alexander Ruffin went to be with the Lord on July 20, 2022.  Lawrence was born in Norfolk, VA to the late Joseph Jr. and Blanche Ruffin, on June 22, 1948.

Lawrence was educated in Norfolk Public Schools and graduated from Maury High School.  He attended Norfolk State University for two years.  He served in the United States Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  Following his tour of duty, Lawrence worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a woodworker leader for 35 years.

Lawrence enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid bowler and played in numerous leagues over the years.  He loved watching his favorite NFL team, the Washington Redskins, and would always wear something to show his love for his team. He loved to travel with his nieces and friends to go to Dover, DE to press his luck and regularly would play his numbers.  Lawrence never met a stranger; he would talk to everyone and leave everyone saying that’s my friend.

Other than his parents, Lawrence was predeceased by his sisters, Edna Bynum, Diane Bray, and Vivian Hodges.

Lawrence leaves to cherish his memory, his daughters Rhonda (Stanford) of Norfolk, VA, and Jennifer of Laurel, MD. His siblings Dorothy Stephens, Joseph (Phyllis) Ruffin, Sandra Baldwin, Marion Burrus, Annette (Alfred) Skinner, Sheila (Tony) Brown, and Angela (Thomas) Upton, and his special sister, Karen Alexander. His grandchildren Brehon, Deon, DeQuan, Stanford (Wink), Stephaan, and Smauri, five great-grandchildren, many wonderful nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Viewing Tuesday, August 2, 2022 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Wednesday, August 3, 2022 10:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Gladys Gray says

    To The Family. I’m very sorry to hear of Lawrence’s passing. He was a very quiet, kind, caring ,respectful person. He always had a beautiful smile. Even from knowing him in Rosemont, he never changed. Lawrence will be missed so much. RIP. Our prayers are with you all. Love, Gladys Gray ❤️❤️❤️

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    CT Ruffin Family says

    To my Virginia family:
    We are so very sorry for the loss of Lawrence. We pray that God’s peace will encapsulate each of your families during this very difficult time.

    Rest in God’s perfect peace Lawrence.

    Love, Anne, Nicole and Noah

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    Jeff Jefferson says

    Lawrence was a very good friend we worked together in Northfolk Navel shipyard for years together he was always happy one good thing I can say we always remember each other Brithday my is June 20 and his is June 22 I’m going to miss you very much Love RIP my brother

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