Charles W Buffington

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Charles W Buffington

  • Birth 1 Jun 1879
  • Death 15 Mar 1906
  • Burial Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi, USA
  • Plot Lot 44F
  • Memorial ID 12915705

Published in the Columbus (MS) Commercial, March 20, 1906

DEPLORABLE ACCIDENT

Charles Buffington Accidently Killed On Thursday

HIS PISTOL DISCHARGED

And the Bullet Penetrated The Face Under Right Nostril--Falling Gun Struck An Axe In Buffington's Hands

Death at all times and under all circumstances is indeed sad, but it is doubly so when the fangs of the grim reaper have struck one down while in robust health and happiness.

Not for many days has Columbus been so shocked as on Thursday afternoon when the news spread throughout the city that Charles Buffington, one of her splendid young sons, had met instant death by the accidental discharge of his own pistol. His life went out of the world so quickly that even those who witnessed the deplorable situation could scarcely realize what had really happened, while the city in general was cast in gloom over the accident there was unbearable grief in other places which beggars description---the homes of a widowed mother and a young wife.

Mr. Buffington was the son of Mrs. A. L. Buffington, a long time resident of Columbus, and a son-in-law of Mr. J. M. McQuown, he having married Miss Dixie McQuown about four years ago; besides these he leaves behind a brother and little son, also a host of warm friends who deeply regret his sad ending.

From information gleaned from eye witnesses Mr. Buffington was at his coal and wood yard, where he had just put a new handle in an axe and was trying it on a block of wood. In stooping over his pistol, a 38 Colts, dropped from the scabbard to the ground, striking the axes, and causing it to be discharged. The bullet struck Mr. Buffington in the face, entering the upper lip under the right nostril and lodging in the head, causing instant death. The accident was witnessed by two or three parties, in the employ of Mr. Buffington, who immediately gave the alarm, and a physician was summoned, but life was extinct long before he arrived. His body was tenderly borne to his home, where the funeral was conducted Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock, by Rev. L. M. Broyles, and all that was mortal of Charles Buffington was laid to rest in Friendship Cemetery, where a large concourse of sorrowing friends had followed him to his eternal resting place, the services being held by the Woodmen of the World, of which he was an esteemed member. He was also a member of the local tribe of Red Men.

The Commercial unites its sympathy with the entire community to his wife and widowed mother in this, their darkest hour.


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  • Maintained by: Dixie
  • Originally Created by: Family Tree Shaker
  • Added: 7 Jan 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12915705
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles W Buffington (1 Jun 1879–15 Mar 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12915705, citing Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Dixie (contributor 46967647) .