Rev. Jerry L. Ruffin

April 4, 1941July 23, 2013

Rev. Jerry Lee Ruffin was born to Hayward Shuemake and Alice Ruffin Shy on April 4, 1941 in Jenkins County (Millen) Georgia. He was the eldest of four children. Jerry was an outgoing and creative young man and didn’t mind venturing out trying new things. Jerry received his primary and secondary education from the Jenkins County, Georgia public school system. After secondary school Jerry’s family relocated north and resided in Wilmington, Delaware in 1957. It was at the time Jerry couldn’t finish school but had to find work and began working construction and various jobs to help his mother with the family. Later on he landed a job with General Motors Corporation for 25 years until he retired.

Jerry loved music and singing he also gravitated to all different kinds of music with that he started his own Disc Jockey business. He was fascinated with his musical equipment, he would take great care of his records, and 8-track, tapes to make sure they would play properly at all times. Jerry would DJ all over the east coast meeting new people it was then he joined the Diamond State Van Club INC.

Traveling afforded Jerry did so many things to name one fine dining he LOVED to EAT! It was Jerry’s spiritual foundation and love for gospel music drew him to the sound of Quartet he became one of the Original members of Jay Caldwell and the Gospel Ambassadors of Wilmington, Delaware. In 1990 he excepted the call from the Lord to minister Gods word and started his Biblical Education at Enon Bible College in Wilmington Delaware and Graduated in 1992.

In 1993 Jerry met Doris Gilbert at the National Baptist Convention it was at that time they began to date later on Jerry relocated to Orlando, Florida and they became husband and wife July 16, 1994 in Orlando, Florida. July 24, 2013 he departed this life as a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, cousin and friend.

His memories will be remembered by his wife, Doris Gilbert-Ruffin, his 4 children two sons, Jerry (Twila) McManus Sr. of Wilmington, Delaware and Gerald A. Ruffin (Pat) of Wilmington, Delaware two daughters, Lisa Ann Collins of Wilmington, Delaware and Serena Ruffin Williams of Atlanta, Georgia; step father of two, Theresa Luckey and Dwayne Gilbert; mother, Alice Ruffin-Shy of Wilmington, Delaware; brothers, Samuel Shuemake (Betty) of California, Freddie Shuemake (Dorothy) of Ohio, Michael Shuemake-deceased; sisters, Blanch White of Wilmington, Delaware, Bernice Tolbert (Ronald) Cincinnati, Dorothy Cobb Columbus, Ohio, Diane Jordan (Ronald) Cincinnati, Ohio; one living aunt Hattie Mae Tolver of Millen, Georgia; special niece and nephew, Tonya Robinson (Marvin) James D. White (Rosa); 18 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren and a host of cousins, church family, and friends. Jerry's presence will truly be missed His memory will live on.


  • Visitation Friday, August 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 2, 2013
  • Committal Service Friday, August 2, 2013

Rev. Jerry L. Ruffin

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Ms. Willie Burnam

August 3, 2013

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Chane McKinney

August 2, 2013

To Mrs. Serena Williams, may The Lord comfort and strengthen your family during this sad time. Be it glorious when one of Gods servicemen are called to rest from their labor in building the kingdom of God. - Candy Man

Mike and Glenda Richardson

August 1, 2013

To aunt Doris and family; may the peace of God rest within YOU and the love of God grant you his grace.

Darlene Ruffin

August 1, 2013

Doris and family members,
My condolences to the family.
May you continue to keep God close to you to help you though this time of losing your loved one.

Mary Jones

August 1, 2013

Loss of a love one is always difficult but healing and comfort can be found in the refuge of almighty God. My condolences, thoughts and
prayers for the family.

Don & Anita Davis

August 1, 2013

Our prayers are with you during this time.
Love Don & Anita Davis (Bainbridge, GA)

Mark Crum

August 1, 2013

To Silverbell Serena. Atlanta is praying for you!

Daisy Dunn- Lilly

August 1, 2013

Dear Doris,
Jerry was a special cousin to me. We had many many talks, especially when he got saved. He was so excited that he wanted everyone saved. I thank God that you came into his life.
With love always,
Cousin Daisy (Annicake)

Geraldine Johnson

July 31, 2013

Doris & Family~ We send our deepest condolences. Your extended Ocala Family

Boatman/Davis Family

July 31, 2013

Our prayers are with you and the family. Love you!