Obits For The Burford Surname 
From Tate County, Mississippi

Obit Of
Alexander Mitchell Burford

Gospel Advocate 
Wednesday March 19, 1890


Another grand and good old brother passed away. He was 83 years of age. He was a member of the Antioch church, Tate County, Miss. I have known him about thirty six years. He was a member of the church of Christ when I first knew him, but don't know when he first became a member. I can say one thing, I don't know that I ever knew a more consistent member in all my life. He raised a large family and one that any father could be proud of. He was kind, liberal and prompt. He leaves a wife and many relations and a host of friends to mourn his departure. But we have this consolation, he fulfilled his mission upon earth and has only passed over to take his final rest where we can imitate our departed brother, A. M. Burford.
March 3, 1890 W. N. McCain.

Obituary of 
Alexander Mitchell Burford, 

 Tate County Record
April 4, 1890

Died at his home near independence, Feb. 25, 1890, A. M. Burford, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed gentlemen of his neighborhood. He was 83 years of age and beloved by all who knew him.

Oh toiler thy work all done
Thy soul into glory gone
Thy life with thy crown now won.
Rest from all sighing and fears
Rest from all sorrows and tears.
Peace of the eyelids and brow so calm
Peace in the heart neath the white folded palms
Peace drooping down like a wondrous balm.
How we shall miss him, our beloved dead
Who takes the place of the precious one fled?
We know that he watches the sparrows that fall,
Hears the sad cry of the grieved hearts that call.
Friends, wife and children, he knoweth them all
We can trust for the rest.

Mollie was the wife of Mitchell Alexander Burford, the grandson of Alexander Mitchell Burford.

Obit Of
Jane Lewter Burford

The Gospel Advocate, 

It is my painful duty to announce the death of our beloved sister Jane Burford. She departed this life on Monday the 21st of July 1879. She leaves 6 sons and 5 daughters and an aged companion and many friends to mourn her loss. Her sickness was cancer of the mouth. She was born in North Carolina, North Hampton County, on the 11th of October 1816, moved to Tenn., in 1830; was married to A. M. Burford in 1833; joined the church of Christ in 1841 and lived a consistent member of that body up to the time of her death. I became acquainted with sister Burford the 15th of March 1858 and have been very intimate with the family as neighbor and physician and always found her kind and affectionate. But we should not grieve after her as one that had no hope. She remarked to brother Burford before she died that she had no fears and she bore her afflictions, though they lasted twelve months, with all the patience that could be expected of any one. Brother Burford, hold out a few more days, or years at most and you will be united with sister Burford in the better land where there will be no more parting and shedding of tears. But all will be peace and joy; may all her children imitate her Christian example.
W. N. McCain.
Cold Water, Depot, Miss.

Obit Of
Tolbert Fannon Burford

The Democrat,

Monday information was received here of the death of T F Burford. He died Sunday very suddenly of heart failure. He had suffered a number of years of heart trouble. Saturday Mr. Burford was in Senatobia and apparently enjoyed his usual good health.

In his death Tate County is deprived of one of its most prominent and prosperous planters. He has owned and conducted one of the largest farming interests in the eastern part of the County, which is located near Independence.

Mr. Burford was a Mason and a Christian gentleman, he was honored and esteemed by all that knew him. He was a member of one of the largest, oldest and most respected families in the County.

His remains were interred in the family cemetery, near his home on Monday in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends.

The Democrat extends sympathy to his family in this dark hour of sadness.

Obit Of
Solomon Richard Burford

Southern Reporter,  Panola Co, MS
 May 20, 1910 


About 9 a.m. on the 13th of May, 1910, the spirit of Mr. S. R. Burford took its flight from this earth to its everlasting home beyond, from which no one ever returns.

He was suddenly stricken with spinal meningitis on the 7th of May, and all was done that loved ones and medical aid could do, but the God who giveth had made ready to call him from this world of trouble and pain, and at St Joseph's hospital, Memphis, whither he had been carried the day before, he breathed his last. His remains were brought home and laid at rest in union Cemetery by the side of his three sons who had crossed the river before. Two daughters and three sons survive him. He was first stricken with the dread disease about thirteen years ago, from which time until death relieved him his life was one of pain and misery. How sweet it ought to be to his loved ones and many friends to know he is with the Great Physician who can heal all pain.

Mr. Burford joined the Christian Church in early life, and has been a faithful Christian, ever ready to do the right and shun the wrong.

May his rest be peaceful.

A Friend

Obit Of
Pittman Burford

Southern Reporter, Panola Co, MS
 March 14, 1890 


Last Friday afternoon, Mr. Pit Burford, who was blind, living at the old Doellman place, walked out of the house into the back yard, and stepped in a deep cistern filled with water. Assistance was rendered as soon as possible, but it came too late, and he died Saturday. His remains were taken up to Coldwater Sunday morning, whence they were carried out to Independence for interment. Peace to his ashes.

Note: Pittman Burford was buried in the Burford Cemetery at Independence, MS

Obit of
Ella Poag Burford

The Senatobia Democrat 
Sept 19, 1808 Obituary

Mrs Ella Burford, daughter of W C and L B Poag. She was born Aug 6th, 1855. She professed religion and joined the church at Thyatira in 1872, was married to L. Burford in 1873 and died Aug 5th, 1890.

Her illness was not so lengthy but filled with suffering. Her kind and attentive physician, numerous friends and relatives and never tiring husband all died everything they could to relieve her and if possible restore her again to health, but all was in vain, for death claimed her as his victim.

"Precious is the death of the righteous in the sight of the Lord." She died a triumphant death trusting God.

She leaves husband and children as well as a host of relatives and numerous friends to mourn over her loss, yet we must not mourn as those who have no hope, for our loss is her everlasting and great gain.
And may God grant that her little children may learn early in life to love their mother's Savior, to serve their mother's God, that they may obtain their mother's rest.

Little children, she cannot come back to you, but you may to to her.

Husband, friends and relatives strive to think not of the sorrowful parting that is past. Think rather of the joyful meeting that soon will come.

And may the richest blessings of heaven and divine protection and guidance be bestowed upon the bereaved ones, and as we drift upon the waves of the mighty ocean time, let us listen to her voice calling us to regions of bliss and glory.

"The day is past and gone,
The evening shades appear,
O may we all remember well
The night of death draws near."

Josie Johnson 
Independence, Miss.
Sept. 5th, 1890

Obit Of
Mrs. Minnie Burford

The Senatobia Democrat, 
Nov 15, 1901


MRS. MINNIE JOHNSON BURFORD, -nee SHARP-daughter of J. H. and LUCY SHARP, was born Aug. 12, 1879. Died at her home near Independence, Miss., Oct 3, 1901.

She committed herself to God and became a member of the M. E. Church South at the age of eleven years, where she lived and died in the faith.

Her life was a blessing and a benediction to all who knew her. Faithful and consistent in character, patient and charitable in disposition, she was truly a friend to all, and her presence was an inspiration to those who loved her best.

When the news came that MINNIE was dead, it was indeed a shock to the entire community for we all felt that it was our loss. I know of none outside of her immediate family who feels the loss more sensibly than her pastor and his wife.

"Her sufferings during her short illness were severe, but she bore all with Christian resignation, passing without a murmur into the presence of God. The place in the home, in the community, and in the Church cannot be filled easily. The life was largely spent seeking the pleasure of others. We would have kept her, but the call came and there was nothing for her to do but to enter the "rest that remaineth to the people of God"

"Early, bright, transient,
Chaste as morning dew,
She sparkled, was exhaled,
And went to Heaven"

Her Pastor

Obit Of
Scott Burford

Tate County Democrat

Independence News Dec 5, 1935

Uncle Scott Burford one of the oldest citizens of our community, died at the home of A. J. Burford last Tuesday night and was buried at Burford Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Uncle Scott would have been 86 years old had he lived until January 28. He was a member of the Christian Church of which he was a consistent member. He leaves two boys one in Arkansas and the other in Oregon. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Rev. Huffstatler conducted the funeral services.

Millers Crossing News Dec 12, 1935 (Delayed)

Mr. Scott Burford died last Tuesday night Nov 26, at the home of A. J. Burford near this place.

Obit of
William M Burford

The Democrat October 8, 1996 

Mr. William M Burford, 65, of Stonefort, died September 23, 1996 in Carbondale Memorial Hospital. Services were held Sept 25 at Springhill Church in Creal Springs with Rev Scott Hancock officiating. Interment was held in Springhill Cemetery in Palzo.

He was born in Coldwater March 9, 1931 to William and Ophelia (Snell) Burford.

He married Jackie (Schoeps) Burford and she survives in Stonefort.

Other survivors include his mother, Ophelia Burford of Coldwater; son, Mark and wife, Denise Burford of Greenville, Texas; and grandchildren, Jesse, Jeremiah and Danielle; son, Wayne and wife, Debbie Burford of Moscow Mills, MO., and grandchildren, Michael and Christopher Burford; and Jim and wife, Debra Burford of Marion grandchildren, Michelle, step-daughter, Samantha Ceas of Marion and sister, Janice Edlin of Hernando; and two great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his father William Burford; sister, Odell Thompson and half-brother, Bill Burford.

He graduated from Coldwater High School and Memphis Tennessee Police Academy. He completed college credits at Southern Illinois University seminary. He was a police officer, and owner/operator trucker, farmer, federal prison correctional officer and ordained minister.

He lived in Southern Illinois for 32 years coming from Atlanta, GA. He was a Southern Baptist and a member of the Springhill Baptist Church. He was a life long member of the National Harley Owners Group and member of the Southern Illinois Harley Owners Group-Marion Chapter.

A motorcycle brigade lead the funeral procession to the cemetery.

Obit of
William Jasper Burford, Jr.

Tate County Democrat
Dec 1, 1910 Alphaba

Will Burford who has been in bad health with lung trouble the past year died early Wednesday morning of last week his remains were entered in the Greenleaf Cemetery Thursday.

Tate County Democrat
 December 8, 1910 

Will Burford Dead

On the morning of the 23rd of November as the day was sheading it's light upon the earth the death angel entered our home and took from us our dearest one, "Will". He had been sick for several months, when the end came, oh what a shock it was but God knoweth best. he was noble hearted, loving and true. He had a cheerful greeting for every one.

He leaves his wife, four children, a mother and five sisters and a host of friends to mourn his loss. The funeral services were conducted by Rev Williams and Billingsley and Dr T A Knight.

The mound was covered with beautiful flowers. 

Earth has lost its look of gladness, Heaven seems to be more bright, since the spirit of our loved one took its happy homeward flight.

And we long to cross that river, long to rest upon the shore.
There to see and know and love him with the Savior, evermore.
Farewell dear brother life is hard without thee, but our loss is heavens gain.

Written by his Sister

Obit of
Daniel L. Burford

 Tate County Record

Dec 18, 1880

It is with deep regret we chronicle the death of our true and tried friend, Dan'l L. Burford, who died at his residence 2 1/2 miles south of Independence, Tate County, Mississippi, on the 10th day of November 1880. He suffered much and long and bore his affliction with a great deal of fortitude and ? . He was an old and institutional mason and he proved it by his works. He made a profession of religion in the year 1833? and in 1853 he united with the Baptist Church, the one of his choice and lived a ? and Christian until his death. he proved his Christianity by his liberality to the church, to the poor, and to the suffering, honestly and ? in a word he was really ? a helping hand of his monumental charity to all who was in distress. Ever working in Jesus when his place on earth would be ? in a ? and would pass the glittering ? of righteous prepared for the ? faithful. Rose of Sharon at the head of his grave neither would look as beautiful to the eye as his robe of righteousness which he put on while in the flesh. Or when he ? die he might be transfigured from this world of trouble, sorrow and affirmatives into the garden of immortality where there is joy, peace and happiness forever and ever. When we witness the last changes we can but say. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, yes henceforth sayeth the Spirit they shall rest from their labor and their works do follow them." He leaves a wife and two children and many relatives besides a host of friends to mourn after him. We can only say our loss is his gain. 

A Friend

 Updated February 20, 2012


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