Last Rites for C. B. Brumfield
Clifton Barksdale Brumfield, age 78, years, died in a McComb hospital Sunday evening, August 24, after an illness of some time. Mr. Brumfield, known to his friends as “Cliff,” was widely known in Mississippi and Louisiana, being a prominent planter and dealer of cattle.
Clifton Barksdale Brumfield was the son of Barksdale Wade Brumfield and Mary Lucy Brown and was born December 10, 1862. On December 16, 1885, he married Ada Selena Rollins. To this union eleven children were born, five boys and six girls. Five of these children have passed into eternity.
The children of this union surviving are: Clifton B. Brumfield, Smith Brumfield, Mrs. Lucy May, Mrs. Mary Felder, Mrs. Velma Wallace, Mrs. Audrey Lofton. Surviving the deceased are 28 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The brother and sister of the deceased living are: Robert Huey Brumfield and Mrs. Lucy Emmaline Woods of Franklinton, La.
Mr. Brumfield knew the Lord and walked by faith, having united with Moak’s Creek Baptist Church when he was about 20 years old.
Mr. Brumfield loved his Master, his friends, his church, his family. His life was one of service, of devotion to those he loved. Truly he walked with God, and now that he has gone, we shall treasure his kind face and his devoted Christian character as one of the most precious gems in memory’s casket. Not only shall we remember his noble example in order that the Master may say to each of us, “He hath done what he could.” Were it possible for him to send a message from Paradise, perhaps it would be very much in the same words as those of the poet whose name is unknown:
What mean you by this weeping
To break my very heart;
We both are in God’s keeping
And therefore cannot part.
You there, I here, tho’ severed,
We still in heart are one;
I’m only in the sunshine
The shadows scarcely gone.
What tho’ the clouds surround you
You cannot brightness see
‘Tis only a little way
That leads from you to me.
I was so very weary,
Surely you could not mourn
So weep not darling,
God wipes away all tears.
‘Tis only yet a little while,
Tho’ you may call it years.
His funeral was attended by a large crows of sympathizing friends, in the Montgomery Baptist Church. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the Moak’s Creek Baptist Church, where it will rest “till the resurrection morn.”
Pall bearers were his grandsons, Woodrow Brumfield, John Clifton Felder, Beachman May, Henry Harrison Brumfield, Randall Brumfield and Gordon Brumfield.
Source: Last Rites for C. B. Brumfield. (McComb, MS: McComb Daily Journal, 27 Aug. 1941) 3; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed Sept. 2018.