Mr. Rufus Sterlin Leavins, age 72, of the Bethlehem Community passed away Jan. 14, 2014 at Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley. He was born Dec. 17, 1941 in Bonifay to the late Rufus Shanks Leavins and Eula Mae Sellers Leavins.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Leavins was preceded in death by his sister, Samantha Zeigler.
Mr. Leavins is survived by his wife, Cathern Lewis Leavins of Bonifay; one son, Rusty Leavins and wife Nancy of Frostproof; four daughters, Ann Shultz and husband Billy, Selene Cooley and husband William, Samantha Treadwell and husband Brad and Natasha Leavins all of Bonifay; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and two brothers, Royce Leavins and wife Jean of Locust Grove, Ga., Lamar Leavins and wife Shirley of Ponce de Leon.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in the Chapel of Peel Funeral Home with the Rev. Harry Collins officiating. Interment followed in the New Zion Baptist Church Cemetery with Peel Funeral Home directing. Family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday at Peel Funeral Home.