Rufus Lester Pumphrey, 91, passed away on Thursday, September 05, 2019, at his residence. A visitation will be held on Monday, September 09, 2019, at 10:00 AM from the Seventh Street Church of Christ in Columbus, with funeral services to immediately follow at 11:00 AM, with Bro. Billy Ferguson and Bro. Paul Bennett officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 PM on Monday, September 09, 2019, from Arbor Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, near Houston, MS. Lowndes Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to be entrusted with final arrangements. Mr. Pumphrey was born May 02, 1928, in Chickasaw County, MS, to the late Eddie L. and Cornelia C. Pumphrey. He served his country during WWII, while enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp, and later, providing service during the Korean Conflict, while enlisted in the United States Air Force. Always a hard worker, he retired from the maintenance department at Beliot Manhattan. After his retirement, he worked at Sunflower in Columbus for 7 years. He also enjoyed working in his yard. Church of Christ by faith, he was a member of Seventh Street Church of Christ in Columbus. A devoted family man, he was a wonderful husband and father, who always managed to hold his sons accountable for their actions. He was a proud grandfather and wore his title of “Paw Paw” as a badge of honor. He loved animals, especially his cows and goats. Described as an “Individualist”, he was very knowledgeable of History, especially Civil War History and was always interested in political discussions. He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters and one brother. Mr. Pumphrey is survived by his wife of 65 years, June Pumphrey; sons, John (Shelia) Pumphrey of Pinetop, AZ and Tommy Pumphrey of Steens; grandchildren, Mindy Via, Dustin (Bridget) Pumphrey, Chris (Jordan) Pumphrey, Eben (Brianna) Pumphrey and Joshua Pumphrey; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family. Serving as Active Pallbearers will be his grandchildren and Billy Scarborough. Recognized as Honorary Pallbearers will be Aaron Hill, William Scott, Pearlie Freeman, Jerry White, Ricky Mordecai, Mike Murphy, and the staff of Encompass Hospice (especially Millie, Todd, Linda and Dale). The family requests that in lieu of flowers, Memorials be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on September 7, 2019
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