Mr. R.C. Noftsinger, a well-known citizen of this county, who was living with his son-in-law, Mr. W.R. Styne, near Buchanan, shot himself last Tuesday morning about 6 o'clock, inflicting a wound from the effects of which he died in a few moments.
He was sixty-nine years of age, and was a Confederate soldier in the War Between the States in 1861-1865.
While in service, he received a wound that seriously affected his spine from which he never fully recovered. His mind becoming also involved, he was sent to the Western Lunatic Asylum for treatment, where he remained until thought to be sufficiently recovered to allow him to return home. But within six or seven years he had to be sent back, when after being under treatment for awhile he was again released, and has not been at home for seventeen years. Instead of improving he gradually grew worse, until the trouble finally culminated in the act which ended his life.
The deceased was a son of the late Isaac Noftsinger, and a brother of Mrs. J.W. Morgan of this place; was well known in the county, and universally held in high esteem. No reason can be assigned for the rash act, except that of insanity, and a general giving way of health, from long and constant suffering, in both body and mind.
His wife had already gone before him, and he leaves behind an only daughter, Mrs. Styne, and a sister, Mrs. Morgan, to mourn his unfortunate death.
He was buried on Wednesday, the 7th, 8 p.m. at the home cemetery, in the presence of many friends and neighbors. —Roanoke Times November 6, 1906.
Isaac died on July 18, 1880, after the census had been taken. Elizabeth died six months later on January 9, 1881. After his parents’ deaths, Edwin was likely looked after by family.