|Birth: ||Oct. 31, 1921|
|Death: ||Sep. 17, 2012|
Abilene, Tx. - A.T. "Babe" Bynum, 90, of Abilene, passed away on Monday, September 17, 2012 at Mesa Springs Nursing Facility. The family will be receiving friends at a visitation on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at North's Memorial Chapel, 242 Orange Street. Graveside services will be Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Potosi Cemetery with his grandson, Patrick Lloyd, officiating under the direction of North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange Street.
Babe, nickname given to him shortly after he was born by his brother Pete, was born in Potosi on October 31, 1921 to Charlie and Lela Bynum. He was one of six brothers along with Preston, Hoyt, Pete, Calvin, and Bill, he also had two sisters, Ruby and Mamie. Raised during the Great Depression, Babe learned the value of hard work and to appreciate what he had at a very early age. He continued to work and farm in Potosi until he was called to service in the United States Army during World War II where he served his country in the 88th Infantry Artillery Division on the frontlines in Germany and Italy. He married Patricia Philley on January 4, 1947 and they spent 65 years together. Babe and Pat started their lives together in Abilene and then moved to Clyde where they remained for 25 years before returning to the Abilene/Potosi area in 1983. Babe was a savvy and successful businessman, having owned and operated ACME Fast Freight, Bynum Brothers Storage, and his most successful venture, Snap-On Tools, where he earned multiple awards for Salesman of the Year.
He loved all sports, especially girls' softball and basketball and Hardin-Simmons Cowgirls basketball games. He coached Pee Wee and Little League baseball teams in Clyde and he loved the Clyde Bulldogs, Abilene High Eagles and the Texas Longhorns. He was a hunter and fisherman and the "Bynum Dove Expeditions" brought family and friends in from all over the state.
Babe's biggest love of all, though, was the love and devotion he had towards his family and the selflessness he displayed in helping others with anything they needed. That love, devotion, and selflessness will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Pat, of Abilene; one daughter, Terry Lee Lloyd, also of Abilene; one grandson, Patrick Bynum Lloyd and wife, Robin of Merkel; one great-grandson, Bronson Wyatt Lloyd, also of Merkel; one sister, Mamie Gray of Abilene, two sisters-in-law, Veda Bynum of Potosi and Louise Bynum of Abilene; several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to dear friend Cotton Webb and the staff at Abilene Regional Medical Center and Mesa Springs Retirement and Nursing Facility.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Potosi Volunteer Fire Department or the Potosi Cemetery Fund.
Online condolences may be made at www.northsfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Abilene Reporter News Sept. 21, 2012
Charles Bascom Bynum (1888 - 1977)
Cora Leondia Rampy Bynum (1890 - 1933)
Patricia Ruth Philley Bynum (1927 - 2013)*
Preston Bynum (1909 - 1938)*
Mamie Alene Bynum Gray (1913 - 2013)*
Raymond Hoyt Bynum (1916 - 1997)*
A. T. Bynum (1921 - 2012)
Calvin Bascom Bynum (1924 - 2012)*
Created by: Txjimdandy
Record added: Sep 21, 2012
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