Florence Davis Bynum, widow of Jesse F. Bynum, Jr., died July 29th, 2009 at Baptist Hospital Hospice in Memphis. She was the daughter of the late Lewis B. Davis, Sr., former general manager of the Jackson Cotton Oil Mill, and the late Florence Lee Clayton Davis.
Born in Jackson, TN in 1929, Mrs. Bynum attended Miss Mary Butler's School, the Jackson city schools, and The University of Tennessee. Later, with three small children, she attended Lambuth College, and graduated with honors. She was a member of Lambuth's honor society, Omicron Phi Tau, and the literary honor society, Lambda Iota Tau. Subsequently, she taught secondary education for fifteen years. During her final years of teaching, she worked on her master's degree.
Mrs. Bynum also ran a small antique business, specializing in vintage linens, laces, and dolls, which often needed restoration. With help from books and several knowledgeable friends, she learned to repair, appraise and identify antique dolls, which led to her becoming Jackson's resident doll doctor for a number of years.
She was active in First United Methodist Church of Jackson for many years, teaching sixth-grade Sunday school and singing in the choir. After early retirement, Mrs. Bynum was involved with Habitat for Humanity, Literary Volunteers, Animal Rights, Meals on Wheels, and frequently visited nursing homes, often bringing a resident to her home for holiday occasions or a cookout.
She is survived by her children, Jesse F. Bynum III of Memphis, Lee A. Golden (Jim) of Germantown and Susan Bynum of Los Angeles, CA; granddaughter, Logan Bynum and great-grandson, Jaden Bynum of Nashville; and step-granddaughter, Dr. Julie Harper of Hernando, MS. She is also survived by a niece, Emily K. Baker (Carter), Nashville and nephews, Dr. Russell H. Robbins, Jackson, Lewis E. Kennedy, Lenoir City, TN, James A. Kennedy, Hixson, TN and Samuel Clayton Davis, Birmingham, AL.
Created by: Family Historian
Record added: Jul 31, 2009
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