Charles “Charlie” E. Ruffin III

August 29, 1945 - April 4, 2015
Charles “Charlie” E. Ruffin III


Charles “Charlie” E. Ruffin III, age 69, of Wilmington passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

He was born August 29, 1945 in Sanford, North Carolina the son of Charles E. Ruffin Jr. and Betty Adcock Ruffin McDavid.

Charles proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He later furthered his studies and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Campbell University. For years he was employed in the construction lending and home mortgage business. He was a dedicated member of Temple Baptist Church and active in the community.

He was a wonderful husband, loving father, faithful friend, brother and son. He had a strong faith in God, a wonderful smile and always had a twinkle in his eye.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 42 years, Sue Ann Ruffin; sons, Edward “Ned” Gordon Ruffin and wife Nancy and Charles Jason Ruffin and wife Maggie; grandchildren, MacRae, Grayson and Miles; brothers, John “Rocky” Ruffin, Gail McDavid, Allen McDavid and Andy McDavid; sister, Phyllis McDavid Farren; and numerous other loving family and friends.

A funeral service will be held 12 noon Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Temple Baptist Church, 1801 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28403 with Reverend Steve Spangler officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow the services in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to thank the staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Liberty Commons for their wonderful care of Charlie.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington NC 28401, Temple Baptist Church or the charity of one’s choice.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • April 06, 2015
    Alison Thomas says:
    Charlie will be missed by many family and other people. He was always a positive person.

  • April 08, 2015
    Tonia Poe says:
    Suanne, I am so sorry to hear about Charles' passing. I will certainly be praying for you and your family. I know he will be greatly missed!

  • April 08, 2015
    Scott & Mary Turner says:
    So sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. We will always remember his cheerful and loving nature, and know he will be greatly missed. All our love, Scott & Mary Turner

  • April 08, 2015
    Johnny Lipscomb says:
    So sorry to read about Charles. Our families have known each other all my life and both parents were good friends of mine...Please give my sincere condolences to all the brothers & sisters in their time of grief.. please contact me later..Your pal

  • April 08, 2015
    Kay Phelps says:
    Sue Ann, I'm sorry to hear about Charlie's passing. He was such a great person and fun to be around. You and you family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.