Sunday, April 13, 2014

Forget Me Not: Joe W. Brumfield, Merchant & WWI Veteran in MS

‘Joe W. Brumfield Dies of Heart Attack Monday’

"Joe W. Brumfield native of Walkers Bridge and resident of Puscagoult for the past 40 years, died of a heart attack on Monday night about 9 o’clock. Mr. Brumfield was sitting on the sea wall with friends when the attack came. And even though everything possible was done for him, he died a short time later.

Mr. Brummfield has been in the mercantile business in the coast town for many years and was at one time employed by Godchaux in New Orleans. At a   wholesale convention in New Orleans a few months ago, he was cited as the most outstanding mercantile merchant in the south.

Mr. Brumfield was a Mason, a member of the Rotary Club, and a World War I veteran. He was a member of the Baptist church and served as a deacon. He was son of Frank Brumfield and the late Mrs. Brumfield of Walkers Bridge. Other survivors are his wife, the former Flossie Wingo, a native of Pontotoc, a daughter, Mrs. Vincent Blackwell of Columbia, Missouri, one son, Henry Brumfield of Pascagoula and six sisters, Mrs. Phillip Brunson of Magnolia, Mrs. Pearl Stout, Pascagoula, Mrs. Harry Pittman, Fernwood, Mrs. Lindsey Murphre, Savannah, Ga., Mrs. Audrey Ford and Miss Hannah Brummmmfield, both of Magnolia, and two brothers, Thad Brumfield of Gulfport and Frank Brumfield, Moss Point.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 from the First Baptist Church in Pascagoula with interment in the Jefferson Memorial Cemetery. Rites were conducted by the rev. Milton Varnado, pastor and lifelong friend of the deceased. He was assisted by several other local ministers."

From: Magee, Zuma Fendlason. Selected Obituaries from Louisiana (Washington & Tangipahoa Parishes) and from Mississippi (Pike, Walthall & Marion Counties). Volume I. Franklinton, Louisiana: Privately printed, 1976. From Franklinton Library, LA.

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  1. That's a nice obituary for an important member of the community. Love that list of survivors, but wouldn't it be helpful if the tradition had been to give the woman's name, not her husband's?

    1. Yes, Wendy, we would make many more connections that way!


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