HIGH POINT — Ruffin Cole, 81, passed away May 25, 2021, at his residence.

Ruffin was born in High Point, August 28, 1939, a son of the late Reid and Erie Newman Cole. He was a graduate of High Point College and a proud Navy veteran. Ruffin was a retired environmental health specialist with Randolph County. He was preceded in death a sister, Barbara Handy and a brother, Wellon Cole. Ruffin had a special place in his heart for animals, especially dogs.

Surviving a sister, Patricia Bellamy; a brother, Thomas Cole; special family friend, Joan Hobson Cole; several nieces and nephews and his special companion, Trajan.

A Celebration of Ruffin’s life will be held at a later date at Salisbury National Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the A.S.P.C.A. or any local animal rescue shelter. Online condolences may be made at Sechrest