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Aug. 31, 1931-April 15, 2013

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." (II Timothy 4:7)

Mrs. Helen Lassiter Ruffin, 81, 205 Brandywine Drive, Goldsboro, N.C., departed her earthly life peacefully Monday, April 15, 2013, at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, N.C.

Helen was born in Wayne County, N.C., Aug. 31, 1931, to the late Mr. Evon Lassiter Sr. and Mrs. Rosa Lee Forte Lassiter.

She received her education in the public schools of Wayne County.

Mother Ruffin's life works included employment with Atlantic Christian College and now newly-named Barton College and Dews Rest Home both of Wilson, N.C., and WAGES and Mrs. Bessie Leathers Day Care both of Goldsboro, N.C.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Allen Ruffin Sr.

Funeral service will be conducted Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Little Rock Church of Christ Disciples of Christ, 1307 N.C. 581 North, Pikeville, N.C. Elder Ernest Watson Sr. will officiate.

Interment will follow in Wayne Memorial Park Cemetery South, 2925 S. U.S. 117, Dudley, N.C.

A public viewing will be held Friday, April 19, 2013, at McIntyre Funeral Home, 900 S. George S., Goldsboro, N.C., from 2 to 7 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m., to receive other family members and friends.

Mother Ruffin leaves to cherish her loving and precious memories a daughter, Annie Artis of Goldsboro, N.C.; three sons, Allen Ruffin Jr. of the home, Larry Ruffin and wife, Marva, and James Ruffin and wife, Patricia, all of Goldsboro, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy Artis, Linda Stewart and husband, Lawyer, all of Dudley, N.C., and Brenda Stewart and husband, Thomas, of Goldsboro, N.C.; three brothers, Preston Lassiter and James Lassiter and wife, Helen, all of Goldsboro, N.C., and Evon Lassiter and wife, Doris, of Fremont, N.C.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family will assemble Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the residence of Mr. Allen Ruffin Jr., 205 Brandywine Drive, Goldsboro, N.C., an hour prior to the funeral at 11:50 a.m. in preparation for the funeral procession.

Cards, lovegrams and condolences may be faxed to McIntyre Funeral Home and Florist at 919-731-4338.

Flowers may be sent to McIntyre Funeral Home and Florist, 900 S. George St., Goldsboro, N.C.


Published in Obituaries on April 18, 2013 1:48 PM