Searching through Newspapers.com has led me to many interesting discoveries related to our family. Charles Brumfield appears in several newspaper articles. I will be sharing 5 posts about this young man, in the order they appeared in the newspaper: 1. Lost in a Swamp; 2. His Wedding & Happy times; 3. World War II; 4. A tragic Crash, 5. A Memorial.
5. A Memorial.
A month after the terrible plane crash a memorial service was held. The remains of Charles "were not recovered." Charles left his young wife and two small children. An August 1946 newspaper shares the announcement of Charles' widow's second marriage to Cecil C. Broome.
Charles Edgar Brumfield, Jr.
18 December 1918 MS – 10 February 1944
Son of Charles Edgar Brumfield & Katie Leona Freeman
Husband of Virginia Rawls
Services Held in Memphis for Crash Victims
Members of Brumfield Family Attend Rites for Lieutenant
Dr. Robert H. Brumfield of McComb, and Mrs. W. A. Bilbo, Jr., of Magnolia, left Tuesday afternoon for Jackson, where they were joined by Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Brumfield and Mrs. Charles Edgar Brumfield, all going to Memphis where a joint funeral service was held at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon for the victims of the plane crash which brought death to their little brother, son and husband, Lieut. Charles Edgar Brumfield.
The services were of a military nature and held in the manner of a memorial to the service personnel losing their lives, the bodies of many of whom, including that of Lieutenant Brumfield were not recovered from the waters of the Mississippi River near Memphis, where the tragic crash of a huge commercial air transport occurred Tuesday, February 10.
Several identifiable bodies and portions of bodies of others of the 24 victims, were recovered by United States engineers and salvage workers, following the plunge of the plane into the river. Salvage efforts were given up after many days of intensive probing of the waters.
Lieutenant Brumfield had been stationed with the U. S. Ferry Command at Memphis and was returning to the city after a military trip to the West Coast, after which he was to have been transferred to a station at Evansville, Ind.
His survivors included his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Brumfield, Jackson; his widow; one son, Charles E. Brumfield III; a daughter, Virginia Brumfield, all of Jackson; two brothers, Dr. Robert H. Brumfield, McComb and Max Brumfield, U. S. Marine Corps, Quantico, Va.; and two sisters, Mrs. W. A. Bilbo, Magnolia, and Mrs. George Gulley, Brookhaven.
Source: Services Held in Memphis for Crash Victims. (McComb, MS: McComb Daily Journal, 8 Mar 1944) 1; digital image, Newsspapers.com: accessed April 2021.