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Rufus Collins


Sunrise: July 10, 1930

Sunset: September 18, 2020

Rufus Collins was born July 10, 1930 in Hyde County, North Carolina to the late Otis Collins, Sr.  & Lula King Collins.

He was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School.

He worked at Norfolk State University, Facilities Department until he was unable to do so.

He was a faithful & dedicated member of New Hope Church of God in Christ where the Honorable Calvin A. Durham is Pastor. Rufus cherished his church family.

He leaves to cherish his memory: one sister, Annie Collins of Virginia Beach, Virginia, niece and caretaker, Karen Rose (Lisa) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters, Edward Lee Collins, Wilbert Collins, Roosevelt Collins, Otis Collins, Jr., Carrie Copeland, and Dorothy Moore.   

Rufus had many guardians, one of who recently described him as the BIGGEST small featured man ever. Those who encountered him can certainly relate to this.  He never met a stranger. He was a selfless volunteer and always said life is not who you are or what your status is, but how you treat people. He will be truly missed but not forgotten.

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    Pamela B. Jones-Watford says

    Dear Karen and Family,
    My sincere prayers and condolences are extended to you and your family on the passing of your beloved uncle. I pray that wonderful memories of good family times and laughter will provide comfort to assist you to deal with the separation and to ease the hurt.
    It is definitely a blessing to be the legacy of wonderful loved ones.

    May’s God’s peace and love hold you always.

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    Shirley Broom says

    Karen I am praying for you and your family during this time for strength and peace. So sorry for your loss of your uncle Rufus.

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    Aminah Shabazz says

    Karen,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May the comfort of GOD help you and your family during this difficult time.

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    Rob Pappas says

    Hey Karen, I am sorry for your families loss. Please take comfort in knowing he is with God now and will be watching over you guys.

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    Gwen Williams says

    Karen and Family, My heartfelt condolences to you all for the loss of your beloved family member. Your Uncle Rufus was a loving individual who impacted many. I pray that God give you all peace and understanding during this difficult time.

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    Janice Bell says

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. He will be truly missed.

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    Ronnie Sr. Hall says

    “Earth Has No Sorrow That Heaven Cannot Heal”
    Our hearts and Prayers are with the Family

    Condolence from the Chaplains Corps
    Norfolk Police Department

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    Brandi Wood says

    Ms Dixon and Brandi W, neighbors at cogic, would like extend our deepest, and sincerest condolences to the family. Mr Rufus was a very kind and sweet man who would always greet us with a smile everyday. He would often help my grandma with small things like taking out her trash when she couldn’t. One of the sweetest souls. Rest in Paradise. He will be missed🙏🏾

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    Celes Keeling says

    Just finding out about the passing of one of my friends ..Such a nice person ..Rest in heaven in peace my friend …🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
    Celestine K

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