MARTHA FAYE PETTUS BYNUM, 90, Oneonta, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 25, 2019. The family invites you to join them in celebrating the life of Mrs. Bynum Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m., at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, with Pastor Harvey Beck officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
Martha was welcomed in heaven by her loving husband of 44 years Joseph Porter Bynum Jr. Mrs. Bynum was preceded in death by her parents William Andrew and Birdie Jane Wilcoxson Pettus and her six siblings William Horace Pettus, Mary Marguerite Eaker, Wayne S. Pettus, Virginia Lemmond, Dorothy Jane Ritchey, and Meredith Ann Pettus.
Mrs. Bynum is survived by her children Joseph Porter Bynum III and wife Brenda and Patricia Ann Bynum McCall and husband Charlie; her grandchildren Leslie Renee Bynum Coker and husband Terry, Leigh Ashley Bynum Bern and husband Eric, Joanna Pirkle Bynum Benefield, Carolyn Elizabeth McCall Shearrer and husband Chandler, Mary Margaret McCall Allison and husband Eric, and Kathryn Ruth McCall. She also leaves behind nine precious great-grandchildren, seven nephews, and one niece.
Mrs. Bynum was born in 1928 on a working farm in Lexington, Ala., at the beginning of The Great Depression. As children, she and her siblings worked on the family farm doing everything from milking cows to picking cotton. This experience instilled in her strong work ethic and a sense of duty toward her family and those in need. The humility and frugality that The Great Depression cultivated in her remained throughout her lifetime.
Mrs. Bynum attended Florence State University (now University of North Alabama) in the 1950s where she received her degree in Home Economics. After receiving her degree, Martha came to Oneonta to pursue a career with the Alabama Extension Service where she was introduced to a blue-eyed bachelor named J.P.
After their marriage in May of 1957, Mrs. Bynum felt called to teach and decided to pursue her teaching certificate. She became a fifth grade teacher in the Oneonta City School System in 1965 where she joyfully taught for 25 years. She was passionate about reading and sought to instill a love of literature in all of her students.
She was a longtime member of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church where she enjoyed volunteering with children and taught Sunday school. Even in her later years, Mrs. Bynum remained an avid reader and enjoyed being a part of many community groups. She also had a love of gardening which she passed on to special nephew William H. Ward of Indiana. Mrs. Bynum was a fantastic cook and enjoyed sharing the fruits of her culinary labor with family, neighbors, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lester Memorial Building Fund or to the Blount County Children’s Center.
-obituary written by family