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Herbert Emery Buffum

  • Birth 13 Nov 1879 Lafayette, Stark County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 9 Oct 1939 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 58542892

Af­ter mov­ing with his fam­i­ly to Cal­i­for­nia and be­ing con­vert­ed to Christ at age 18, Buf­fum felt a call to the min­is­try. He held min­is­ter­i­al cre­den­tials with the Church of the Nazarene, and was a ho­li­ness/Pen­te­cost­al evan­gel­ist. He was al­so a prolific song writ­er, with ma­ny songs in­spired by per­son­al ex­per­i­ence; he had 10,000 songs to his cred­it, 1,000 ac­tu­al­ly pub­lished. Ripley's "Believe It or Not" claimed he once wrote 12 songs in an hour. Though a tal­ent­ed mu­si­cian, Buf­fum re­ceived no mu­sic­al train­ing. He sold most of his songs for five dollars or less. When he died, the Los Angeles Times called him "The King of Gos­pel Song Writ­ers."


1.He Abides
2.I'm Going Higher Some Day
3.I'm Going Through
4.Get a Smile from Jesus (© 1927)
5.In God's Calendar of Days (© 1930)
6.In the City Where the Lamb Is the Light
7.Isn't He Wonderful (© 1950)
8.Let's Talk About Jesus
9.My Sheep Know My Voice
10.Old-fashioned Meeting, The (© 1922)
11.When I Take My Vaca­tion in Heaven
12.When You're One Step from God

Family Members


"I have fought a good fight."





  • Created by: Rosemary Royce Schullery
  • Added: 12 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58542892
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Herbert Emery Buffum (13 Nov 1879–9 Oct 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58542892, citing Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Rosemary Royce Schullery (contributor 46815693) .