Frederick Buford Stringfellow

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Fredrick Buford Stringfellow 1896 – 1919

 From the Gainesville Daily Sun January 16, 1919


 Of a truth it may be said that “The King of Terrors knows a shining mark.”  Surely death is no respecter of persons.  The dark winged messenger visits the homes of the rich and poor alike.  “Friend after friend departs, who hath not lost a friend.”  Sturdy youth and decrepit age alike bow their heads beneath the yoke and enter into the bondage of death.

Fred Stringfellow, the eldest born son and apple of the eye of his devoted parents and the pride of all his host of friends, left us with a merry laugh on his lips and went away to do his bit in the great war which had fallen like a dark cloud over the entire world and just yesterday morning the tap-tap-click-click of the little instrument spelled out the saddest of all the messages that men ever get, “Died at 8 o’clock.”

Twas only just last Monday that word came of his illness at the Naval Hospital in Brooklyn.  His sister, Mrs. Marguerite Stringfellow Pyle, and her husband, George Pyle, himself lately returned from France were with him, so the family knew that all that human hands could so do was being done, and yet hastily the younger brother, Lieut. Hart Stringfellow started for New York, arranging by wire for his mother to join him in Jacksonville where she chanced to be visiting at the time.  But the distance was great and ere they were able to reach the bedside of their loved one his spirit had sped like an arrow into the immensity of eternity.

 The government authorities wired Mr. T. B. Stringfellow that his son would be interred in the National Cemetery with full military honors or the body would be returned to Gainesville if he so desired.  He at once stated his preference that the body be brought to his home – to the place of his birth, and the scenes of all the days of his bright young life, and be placed at rest beneath the summer skies of his own state.

At this writing nothing is known of the funeral arrangements, yet doubtless the internment will be made in Evergreen cemetery.

Frederick B. Stringfellow was born in Gainesville twenty two years ago and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thornton B. Stringfellow.  His early life was spent here and he attended the city schools during childhood and early youth.  Later on he was sent to Gainesville, Georgia to a military academy.  A couple of years ago, before he was twenty-one years of age, he went to Jacksonville and enlisted in the United States Navy, entering the radio department as a wireless operator.

From his earliest years he had always been intensely interested in wireless telegraphy, and was really more than an amateur when he went into the Navy.  The result was that his rise was rapid and at the time of his death he had reached the very top of his profession, and was a first class radio operator,

From the Gainesville Daily Sun January 17, 1919


Wires from Mrs. T. B. Stringfellow in New York informed the friends here Thursday that she and Hart expected to arrive in Gainesville over the Seaboard in the early afternoon Friday.  Upon receipt of that information Mr. Stringfellow decided that it would be advisable to announce the hour of the funeral at 10 o’clock Saturday forenoon.

The funeral service will be held in the Episcopal Church, Rev. Bernard Campbell officiating, and internment will be in the Evergreen cemetery.

 It is a sad coincidence that this is the second soldier funeral to be held from that church within a week.




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