Samuel "S.J." Ruff PDF Print E-mail

Samuel Jacob “S.J.” Ruff, age 92, of Newberry, died Friday, May 15, 2020 at J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home.

S.J. was born May 29, 1927. He was the son of the late L.W. and Grace Banks Ruff of Newberry. He attended Newberry High School. S.J. served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He worked at Savannah River Plant for many years. He owned and operated Ruff's Marine Center and in winter season he planted trees for Champion International. After selling his business in 1987, he continued with tree planting and also had several other odd jobs that kept him busy. He was a member of Epting Memorial United Methodist Church and also Amity Lodge 887 in Newberry. In November 2018, he was presented with his 60 year Masonic pin.

He was predeceased by his late wife, Grace Attaway Ruff, daughter, Jan. R. Sizemore of Gloverville. He was also predeceased by a brother, Marvin Ruff and brother-in-law, Marion Mack

Surviving are his sister, Frances R. Mack of Newberry and his brother, Mitchell (Peggy) Ruff of Newberry; a daughter, Kim (Randy) Bradfield of Prosperity; a son-in-law, Terry Sizemore of Gloverville; grandchildren, Kevin (Leigh) Bradfield of Summerville, Kristen (Nate) Nickel of Columbia, Jennifer Herrin Sarmento of North Charleston. He has three great-grandchildren, Brooke Walker of North Charleston, Hayes Bradfield and Caroline Bradfield of Summerville and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Ms. Lisa Long, all of the staff of J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home and Springfield Place and also the staff of MSA Hospice for the wonderful care given to him.

Due to COVID 19, a graveside service with Masonic Rites will be held at Newberry Memorial Gardens on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm conducted by the Rev. William Hightower. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Epting Memorial United Methodist Church, 1401 Milligan Street, Newberry, SC 29108 or to the charity of one's choice.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Dominick, Dean Mack, Cory Mack, Mike Ruff and Curtis Ruff.





#11 Billy & Edith Morris 2020-05-17 20:41
Kim and family.
So sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was a very nice man. Enjoyed the boat and tackle shop.
Billy & Edith Morris
#10 Charlene Dickert 2020-05-17 10:10
Kim, we are so sad to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Earl and Charlene Dickert
#9 Earl and Charlene Di 2020-05-17 06:54
Kim, so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
#8 JoAnn Sligh 2020-05-16 23:28
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
JoAnn & Richard Sligh
#7 Sammie C Graham 2020-05-16 22:43
Jan, you have my deepest sympathy in the death of your Father.
He was a good friend of my Father and I remember going to the boat shop on Hwy 76. I saw him often because I lived 2 blocks
from him when he was on Ebenezer Road. I send my love and prayers in hopes that they will give you comfort during your grief.
#6 Kim Derrick 2020-05-16 16:57
So sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. I’m so thankful we got to talk at length on Friday. Even tho we know it’s coming it certainly doesn’t make it easier. But one thing a dear friend said to me when my Daddy passed was “Kim, there are things worse than dying”. After I started looking at it in that light, especially with all he had gone through for the last ten years of his life, that gave me a peace I didn’t have before. I hope maybe it will help you as well and also all the wonderful memories you and your family share.
You and your family are in my thought and prayers.
Love you girl !!

Kim & Ashleigh
Breanne, Jeremy & Aubree
#5 Christy Bouknight 2020-05-16 15:42
Lifting prayers for everyone during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, James, Zadean, and Christy
#4 Steve & Diane Metts 2020-05-16 13:20
Mitch, Frances, Kim and family,
Steve and I are so sorry to hear of S.J.'s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences and know that we have all of you in our prayers. Find comfort and peach in God's unchanging hands today and in the days to come.
Steve & Diane Metts
#3 Julia Roberts 2020-05-16 11:39
Kim and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad! Prayers for you and the rest of the family! He will surely be missed ! We won’t be able to come over now, but will see you later! Love and miss y’all!
#2 Pam DeHart 2020-05-16 11:11
Kim and family I am so sorry for your loss. God give this family strength and wrap them in your loving arms.
#1 Mollie Graham 2020-05-16 10:16
Dear Kim I am so sorry to hear about your Dad.I always enjoyed your Dad and Mom at the bank.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your familyTake care.Love and Blessings Mollie