But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9
Reverend Jasper Ruffin, Jr. was born on February 21, 1940, in Hermanville, Mississippi and passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on December 29,2018, in Sacramento, California at the age of 78. His mother, Willie Mae Houston, shortly joined him in Heaven. Jasper was preceded in death by his father, Jasper Ruffin, Sr., his sister Dorothy Ann Houston, his brother Lindsey Houston, and the love of his life Ruth Ann Ruffin.
Jasper became a born-again Christian in the spring of 1962 at the oro-vista Missionary Baptist church in Oroville, CA under the leadership of the late Reverend P.C. Harrison, where he also began to preach the gospel. Jasper moved to Sacramento in the fall of 1963 and became a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church where he served for seven years. He graduated from Conroe Theological seminary in 1971 with his Bachelor of Theology and Doctor of Divinity degrees. That same year, Jasper moved his membership to New Home Missionary Baptist church where he later served as pastor for over ten years. Jasper was a member of the Northern District Baptist Association for over three decades which included him serving in the role of first Vice Moderator. Additionally, he served as Vice President of the Congress of Christian Education' Jasper was employed by the city of Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department, retiring after 33 years as a supervisor.
He met his wife, Ruth, in 1963 and from that union four children were born. His children remember him as a strong and faithful provider. He was a kind, patient and driven man who always put the Lord first and encouraged others to do the same. He encouraged his children to pursue their goals and ambitions. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and exemplified unconditional love. He will be most remembered for preaching, praying for the sick and sharing his gift of wisdom with all who called upon him.
Jasper had such a love and gift of gardening and could always be seen tending to his plants, vegetables and fruits trees. He loved to spend his time beating his opponents in dominoes and checkers. He loved watching westerns, Amos and Andy, and Sanford and son, spending time with his family, and especially spoiling his grandchildren. He was a passionate, loving, and devoted Christian and dedicated his life to loving God and spreading His word.
Jasper is survived by his children Kirsten Lewis (Geoffrey), Jonathan Ruffin, Christine Potter-Butler (Kevin), and Jasper Ruffin (Daniella), his grandchildren Brian Williams, Mariah Potter-Butler, JeVante Scally, Lucas, Jayda, Josiah, Marlon, and Isaiah Ruffin, two great-grandchildren, his loving sons and daughter-in-law, his sisters Rosie Mae Betts, Bessie Lee Logan, and Jeanette Houston, and his brother Laurence Houston, along with countless nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.