Born Jan. 7, 1919, in Risco, Mo., son of the late Elmer Minton Stanfill and Melissa Oliver Stanfill, he was a member of the Third Street Baptist Church.
On Dec. 9, 1939, in Sikeston, Mo., he married Beatrice Adcock. He farmed in Sikeston and later moved to Wardell, Mo., where he owned and operated a service station.
He was drafted into the Army on Dec. 29, 1944 and was discharged April 23, 1946, having served in the Americal Division. While serving he was stationed at Luzon, Phillipines and also the Occupational Forces in Japan as an automotive mechanic. During his service he received the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon and Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal; Phillipines Liberation with Bronze Star, Meritorius Unit Award and Sharp Shooter Rifle and Carbine.
He was employed at Kennett Cotton Oil Co., from 1947 until 1955, when he was transferred to Mississippi Cotton Oil Co., where he worked until 1959. He was transferred back to Kennett Cotton Oil Co., and was employed there until 1969. He worked for Kelley Electric as a superintendent from 1970 until his retirement in 1992.
Survivors include his wife, Beatrice; one son, Gerald Stanfill, of Tarkio, Mo.; one daughter, Ella Ruth McNece and husband, Victor, of Nicholasville, Ky.; a son-in-law, Bobbie E. White, of Kennett; two sisters, Virginia Haubold, of Marston, Mo., and Irene Meyers, of Rockford, Ill.; three grandsons, Earl White and wife, Nancy, of Joplin, Mo., Russell McNece, of Nicholasville and Terry White and wife, Tracy, of Kennett; four great-grandchildren, Chan Cooper, of Jonesboro, Ark., Kaitlyn White, of Kennett and Hannah and Kathryn McNece, both of Nicholasville.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., today, Friday, Feb. 24, at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bud Evans officiating.
Burial will follow in the Oak Ridge Cemetery at Kennett.