Friday, June 18, 2010

1931 Obituary of William Berrien Buffington- Hall County, GA

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The Gainesville News

Gainesville, Hall County, GA
Wednesday, March 11, 1931
Front Page

W.B. Buffington, 84, Former Tax Receiver, Rests at Timber Ridge

In the death of Mr. William Berrien Buffington, 84, prominent Hall county citizen and former tax receiver, which occurred at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon at his home between Gillsville and Lula, the county loses a valuable citizen and his church a devoted member.

Funeral services, largely attended, were held at Timber Ridge Baptist Church this afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. H.C. Martin, and interment was in the church yard there.

Mr. Buffington had made his home in Hall county practically all his life, and had been a very successful farmer. He was a devoted member of the Baptist church since youth, and had served on the board of deacons of that church for a long time. He had also served with distinction in the Civil war, and in the realm of politics had been successful in a number of campaigns for tax collector of this county, in which he sustained his reputation for integrity and fair dealing. Possessed of a pleasant disposition and genial personality, Mr. Buffington had endeared himself to a host of friends in this section who received the news of his death with sincere regret.

His widow preceded him to the grave several years. He is survived by twelve children, Mrs. J.D. Hawkins, Mrs. C.M. Bolding, Mrs. E.D. Hawkins, Mrs. O.D. Buffington, Mrs. N.A. Martin and J.B. Buffington of this city; Mrs. J.D. Martin, W.J., C.E. and H.E. Buffington of Atlanta, L.A. Buffington of Cedartown, and Mrs. E.S. Buffington of Mitchell, Ga. Fifty-eight grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren also survive him.

Source: The Gainesville News on microfilm at Hall County Library, Gainesville, GA

William Berrien Buffington was married to Amanda Marcellus "Marcie" Pool.  My grandmother (his great-granddaughter) remembered people calling him "Judge Billy."

***Note- I plan to go back and take a better photograph of the tombstone under the tree.  There were yellow jackets nearby so I took a quick photograph or two and left.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

1919 Obituary for Amanda Marcellus "Marcie" Pool Buffington (Mrs. William Berrian Buffington)

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The Gainesville News

Wednesday, January 8, 1919
Page 8


Mrs. W.B. Buffington, aged 68 years, died last Tuesday afternoon at her home in Glade district.

The funeral and burial took place at Timber Ridge church last Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Buffington exemplified those Christian graces in her life that lend a helping influence in life and leave a shining example after death for those who knew and loved her to follow. The community and county loses a noble woman and Christian character in her death.

She is survived by her husband and twelve children, viz: J.B., of Gainesville; C.E., W.J. and Herbert, of Atlanta; L.A. of Lineville, Ala.; Mrs. J. D. Hawkins, Mrs. Edd Hawkins, Mrs. Emory Buffington, Mrs. O.D. Buffington and Miss Ina Buffington, all of this county; Mrs. J.D. Martin, of Athens; Mrs. C.M. Bolding, of Flowery Branch.

Original newspaper microfilm at Hall County Library, Gainesville, GA

[Personal note: This is the obituary for Amanda Marcellus "Marcie" Pool Buffington (Mrs. William Berrian Buffington). She was the daughter of Brigadier General Andrew Jackson Pool and Sarah Armstrong Norvell Pool.]

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

1932 Obituary of Ara A. Buffington Buffington (Mrs. Obourn Delong Buffington)

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The Gainesville Eagle

Gainesville, Hall County, GA
Thursday, Oct. 13, 1932
Section: Down the Valleys of Hall

Gillsville Route 2

Mrs. O.D. Buffington

 Mrs. O.D. Buffington, age 58, died suddenly at her home near Gillsville Wednesday morning, Oct. 5. She had apparently been in good health up to the time of her death. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Buffington. She had been a faithful member of the Methodist church for a long time and was a faithful wife and devoted mother. She had many friends throughout the state who were saddened to learn of her death.

 Funeral services were conducted at the Buffington cemetery Friday morning with Rev. E.C. Sweat_am? officiating, with interment there.

Surviving are her husband, five brothers and sisters and five children. ___ Guy Buffington of Atlanta; Frank, Mark, O.D. Jr., Buffington and Miss Lottie Blanche Buffington all of Hall county.

Source: The Gainesville Eagle on microfilm at Hall County Library, Gainesville, GA

Personal Note- This is the obituary of Ara A. Buffington Buffington (Mrs. Obourn Delong "Buddy" Buffington).  She was the daughter of William Berrian "Billy" Buffington and Amanda Marcellus "Marcie" Pool, all of Hall County, Georgia.

The phrase on her tombstone says:
"Sad was the shock that day
you bade no one a last
farewell A last goodbye
you could not say"