Monday, March 21, 2022

Forget Me Not: Charles Edgar Brumfield, 1959 MS

A member of a Pike County Pioneer Family. This is a wonderfully informative obituary. I wish more obituaries had this much information. 


Charles Edgar Brumfield

9 June 1874 MS – 20 Aug 1959 MS

Son of Henry Sims Brumfield & Martha E. Bickham

Husband of Katie Leona Freeman


Brumfield Rites are Said Today

Last rites were said today for Charles E. Brumfield, 85, for many decades a Pike County public official and civic and business leader. Mr. Brumfield died at noon Thursday after several months of grave illness. Mr. Brumfield was buried after graveside rites in Magnolia Cemetery at 4:30 p. m. Earlier, services had been said from Brookhaven Funeral Home for the distinguished member of many of this area’s pioneer families.


In Business Here

He was born June 9, 1874 as one of 14 children of the late Henry Sims and Martha Bickham Brumfield. Educated at Mississippi A. & M. College, Millsaps College, and the Soule and Eastman business schools in New Orleans and New York City, Mr. Brumfield in early life became associated in business in McComb.


Until 1907 he was in partnership with the late J. W. Johnson, father of the late W. S. Johnson of McComb, and the late D. C. Easley, father of Dr. Dave C. Easley, in the operation of McComb Mercantile Co.


From 1907 until 1911 he was employed by the late Capt. J. J. White as accountant in the latter’s lumber business.


Chancery Clerk

In 1911 he was elected chancery clerk of Pike County and continued in that capacity for the next six terms, until 1936. That year Mr. Brumfield was named executive secretary of the Mississippi Eleemosynary Board by Gov. Hugh L. White. When the late Paul B. Johnson, Sr. became governor, Mr. Brumfield retained that post. At the end of the Johnson term Mr. Brumfield retired and had since lived in Brookhaven.


He was a Baptist, Mason and Shriner.


A number of nephews, including Thad and George Leggett, Lyle, George and Henry M. Brumfield, Wyman Lee, Bill Brent and Frank Bridges, served as pallbearers.


Survivors Listed

Mr. Brumfield leaves his wife, the former Miss Katie Freeman of Hazlehurst; two daughters, Mrs. George H. Gulley Sr., Brookhaven, and Mrs. W. A. Bilbo, Magnolia.


Two sons, Dr. Robert H. Brumfield, McComb, and Maj. M. F. Brumfield, United States Marine Corps, San Diego, Calif.


A brother, Dudley A. Brumfield, McComb; two sisters, Mrs. Will Mackie, Rogers, Ark., and Mrs. Myrt Thigpen, Biloxi; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by one son, Lieut. Charles Edgar Brumfield, Jr., who was killed in Wolrd War II.



Source: Brumfield Rites are Said Today. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 21 Aug 1959) 5; digital image, accessed April 2021.

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