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Rufus Reese Bly III

December 17, 1963 — October 10, 2023


Rufus Reese Bly III was born on December 17, 1963, to Rufus Reese Bly Jr and Barbara A Collins. Their first born peacefully passed away on October 10, 2023, in Norfolk. It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Rufus, but it is also a time to celebrate the incredible life he lived and the countless ways in which he touched the hearts of those around him.

Rufus was a man of great character and integrity. He was loved and admired by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His warm smile and kind heart could light up any room, creating an atmosphere of joy and love wherever he went. Rufus had an innate ability to connect with people from all walks of life, making everyone feel seen and valued.

Born into a loving family, Rufus was raised with strong values of compassion, generosity, and humility. He was a skilled brick mason, taught by his father, (Rufus Reese Bly Jr) who proceeded him in death. Rufus traveled the world building it brick by brick.

Rufus will be remembered as a true friend who treated everyone with kindness and respect. He had an exceptional ability to listen without judgment or prejudice, providing a safe space for others to share. His empathy and understanding made him a cherished friend to many.

Rufus Reese Bly III leaves behind a legacy of love, compassion, and joy. His memory will forever be engraved in the hearts of his beloved family members, including his mother Barbara A Smith, his son Antoine J Massdin, his three brothers Timothy M. Bly, Antonio T. Bly (Donna), Dewayne C. Bly and three sisters Shelia A. Jones, Cheryl L. Bly, and Denise Bly. As well as a host of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles whom loved him deeply. Never to forget all the many cousins and friends.

As we bid farewell to Rufus, let us cherish the memories we have shared with him. May his soul rest in eternal peace, knowing that he made a profound impact on the world and left it a better place than he found it. Farewell, dear Rufus Reese Bly III.

A limb has now fallen from the family tree that says grieve not for me, remember the best times, The laughter, the song, the good life I lived while I was strong.

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Sunday, October 15, 2023

2:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

E. Vaughn Wray Funeral Establishment

5873 Poplar Hall Dr, Norfolk, VA 23502

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