A graveside service will be held on August, 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 7100 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, South Carolina. Pallbearers that will be assisting are Jimmy Butler, Ronnie Ratteree, Rick Reynolds, Ted Alexander, Richard Nettles, David Anderson, Henry Jumper, Phil Williams and Bill Turner.
Johnny passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on August 6, 2018. He was 88 years old and the son of the late Claude and Leila Ruff. Johnny attended Columbia High School and began his military career in 1947 when he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served on active duty until 1949. He then enlisted in the South Carolina Air National Guard in 1950 and achieved the high ranking of Chief Master Sergeant serving at McEntire Joint National Guard Base until his retirement in 1984.
Johnny was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Marguerite Croxton Ruff “Rita”; a son, Edward Manly Ruff “Eddie”; a brother, Claude Ruff; and a sister, Nancy Hallman.
He is survived by his wife of 9 years, Elizabeth Dyches Ruff “Betty”; a brother, Robert Ruff (Sara); his children, John David Ruff, Jr. (Julie) and Elizabeth Ruff Duncan (Larry); his grandchildren, Ashely Lackore (Brian), Lance Duncan, Edward Ruff, Maggie Ruff, Ellis Gasco and Melissa Higgs; 5 step-daughters and their spouses; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and his precious dog, Duke.
Johnny was blessed with a very large family whom he loved and who loved him very much. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather “Pop” and friend to so many who will never forget his contagious laugh, smile, and sense of humor.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the nurses and staff at Amedisys Hospice and Home Health.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shandon United Methodist Church’s Kitchen Ministry, 3407 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205