10/11/1939 LA Times page 17 Buff obit
Hymn King Mourned Buffum Career Closed After Output of More Than 1000 Numbers Death of Herbert Buffum, internationally internationally acclaimed hymn writer and evangelist, was being being mourned yesterday by Southland Southland gospel workers. Author of more than 1000 hymns, many of them translated into practically ever y foreign language for use in missionary work, Buffum, 59, died Monday of a heart attack. An evangelist for 40 years, he early gained a reputation as a Bible verse and song author, be coming known in later years as the "King of Hymn Writers FAMED COMPOSITIONS First of his compositions to gain popularity was the still famous "I Am Going Through Jesus." He also wrote "The Old Fashioned Meeting," "I'm Going Higher Some Day," "11 Takes the Storm Clouds to Form the Rainbow" and "When I Take My Vacation in Heaven." Never a student of music or composition, the evangelist, who received his religious training in San Francisco with the Volunteers Volunteers of America, came naturally naturally by his talent. METHOD OK WORKING At evangelistic meetings throughout the country he would call on tne audience for a suggestion suggestion for a song. On being given a title he would immediately, immediately, on a blackboard before the assembled group, write both the words and music to a new hvmn. Billy Sunday and Homer Rode heaver were included among evangelists to make use of his compositions, many of w h i c h were printed as sheet music and recorded on records. OBSEQUIES SET The evangelist leaves his widow, widow, Mrs. Lillie Buffum of 1053 Ingraham St., and three daughters, daughters, Mrs. Ruth Anderson, Mrs. Naomi Bartlett and Mrs. Lois B. Marona, and a son, Herbert Buffum Buffum Jr. Funeral services, according to Pierce & Brown Mortuary, have been set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Angelus Temple. Burial will be in Valhalla Memorial Park. Buffum had been in ill health less than a week when stricken, according to his family. Born in Lafayette, 111., he came to California when 17. beginning his career shortlv thereafter.