Rufus Putnam Stainback, 94, of Minter City passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at his residence. Graveside services will be at 12 noon Monday in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Greenwood. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Wilson & Knight Funeral Home. The Rev. Sara Miller and the Rev. Sam Dodd will officiate.

Rufus was born on Dec. 12, 1924, in Greenwood. He was a lifelong member of Minter City United Methodist Church and was a Sunday school teacher for 50 years. A World War II veteran, Mr. Stainback began farming the family place in 1949, continuing for more than 50 years. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors, growing vegetables and fruit, giving blueberries and pecans to everyone, and was an avid conservationist.

He believed in giving back to his community. He was a past president of the Greenwood-Leflore Public Library Board and past president of the Leflore County Farm Bureau. He was also instrumental in developing Miles Home Subdivision. He lived by his priorities of faith and family.

Rufus is predeceased by his parents, Frank and Harriet Putman Stainback, and his wife of 50 years, Peggy Wise Stainback.

He is survived by his children, Rufus Putnam Stainback Jr., Susan Hooper (David) and James Stainback (Stephanie); and  his granddaughter, Emily Gatzmeier  (Jeremy).

Pallbearers will be Andrew Stainback, Scott Blackley, Frank Stainback IV, Johnny Heimann, George Howard, Brady Simpson and Jim Webb. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Stainback III, Hal Pleasants, James Simpson, I.W. Steele and David Hooper.

Memorials may be made to the Minter City United Methodist Church.

Wilson & Knight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook may be signed at

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