Ruffin A. Cheyney was born July 24, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pa. He spent majority of his teen years and adult life in New York City. R.C. as he was lovingly known by, was a remarkable man, a charming and charismatic artist, but most importantly, he was a devoted father and a very dear friend to many who knew him throughout his life. There is an old proverb that states, “show me who your friends are, and I will show you who you are,” his life exemplified this saying, as he was truly a friend to all people. He never met a stranger and he touched the lives of many people by putting others before himself. He was often known for giving people the shirt off his back and by letting people in his neighborhood and surrounding areas stay with him if they did not have a place to stay on many nights. He would never let anyone go hungry, often welcoming everyone into his home to eat a warm meal and to talk about life afterwards. He had the biggest heart in the world and was very well respected in his community.
To say R.C. was a special person would be an understatement, he was a humble man, he had a smile that would light up the room, a contagious laugh that would make others laugh when they heard it, and a wonderful light-hearted, easy-going, and down to earth personality. R.C. was an extraordinarily strong man and guardian when it came to his family’s safety, he always made sure that those around him felt protected and loved. R.C. always offered words of wisdom to prepare young people for the hardships of life that they might experience in the future. He also provided overwhelming support to his peers and often considered everyone as extended family.
R.C. encouraged his family members to work hard, to be independent and believe in themselves and their dreams. He invested in his family emotionally, physically, mentally, and financially his entire life. He loved his family unconditionally, was the most forgiving person and was extremely proud of their accomplishments. R.C. made sacrifices to ensure his family had the best opportunities and will be sincerely missed.
One of R.C.’s professional accomplishments is when he gifted the late Coretta Scott King with his award winning sculpture “Stairsteps to Heaven”. This magnificent sculpture is on display at the MLK King Center and was featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Ruffin Cheyney’s most notable personal accomplishment was when he gave his life to Christ, which made him incredibly happy.
Ruffin A. Cheyney gained his Heavenly wings on October 13, 2021. He leaves behind his mother, Vivian Wolford and his two children, Teigh & Lynn. They will continue to keep his memory and kind spirit alive along with a host of other family members.
The life and legacy of R.C. will be celebrated at a TBD date and time.