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E. Vaughn Wray Funeral Establishment
Wednesday March 16th, 2022

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Clarence Leanders Ruffin

Clarence Leanders Ruffin, 52, native of Norfolk, VA, passed on March 11, 2022.  Clarence was preceded by his mother, Connette G. Southall.  Clarence is survived by his father, James L. Southall, Sr. (Gloria) and Walter Hunt (Christy).  His sister, Paula D. Foster (Raymond).  Daughter, Kera Connette Ruffin, and Son, Travis Antonio Marcus.  Granddaughter, Taliyah N. Marcus.  Nephew, Bryan A. Blake.

Nieces, Bria C. Blake and Brooke C. Brown. Aunt, Gloria Newsome-Brickhouse, (Donald). 

Cousins, Karen N. Stallings, (Bernell) and Carlena Porter, (Emanuel), and his many cherished family and friends.


Clarence attended Norview High School and went on to follow in his father's footsteps and serve in the U.S Army.  Clarence went on the "Buddy System" with his first cousin, Earl H. Newsome. Clarence later joined the U.S Marine Corp. and was stationed at Marine Barracks in Washington, DC.  There Clarence met and married Rhonda Jarvis, May, 1991-93.  Clarence was called to deploy to Desert Storm from 1990-1991.  Clarence defended his country with pride and as a true, honorable Marine.

LCpl. Clarence L. Ruffin's last duty station was Camp Lejeune, NC.


Clarence had a love for cooking, movies, music and writing poems.  Clarence was gifted with the talent of drawing anything he saw. Clarence was superb at the games of Chess, his sister could never win against him.  Clarence was the biggest super fan of the Steelers ever since the early 80's. Win or lose, that was his team. Clarence loved and loved deeply for those that were close to him and we loved him with everything within us, unconditionally and unwavering.


Clarence, we forever love you, rest now, you can be at peace.





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To Paula, and the entire Ruffin family, our sincere condolences. We pray God's love and blessings be with you abundantly , during this time. We love you❤️

Stephanie White & Candice Brown Mar 16 2022 10:12 AM

May the Lord comfort you during such a difficult time.

Lorrie Whiley Mar 16 2022 8:45 AM

We will remember the joy Clarence brought into our lives and may God (Jehovah) comfort us at this painful time. According to the Bible at 1 Corinthians 15:26, the enemy death will come to an end thus, we will see our loved ones again.

Gloria Southall Mar 14 2022 1:46 PM

So Sorry for your loss and our loss. May God bless and find peace at this time. Clarence was a beautiful person. Our love for him aways

Mr and Mrs Jarvis (Rhonda Parents) Mar 14 2022 12:32 PM

My condolences go out to the family. My prayers will be with you now and always. Candice B.

Candice B. Mar 13 2022 7:49 AM

A photo was added for Clarence Leanders Ruffin

Travis Mar 12 2022 9:10 PM

Sending prayers of comfort for the family in Jesus' name.

Zaquinntia Chamblee Mar 12 2022 9:02 PM