Due to a long illness, I am very much behind in my messages so I was truly shocked to learn of "Charlie's " death. I was in school at UNCG from 1963-65, and had the honor of singing with him on many occasions. I admired not only his magnificient voice, but also his ability to teach the art. He is one of my favorite memories at UNCG and I shall always remember the bond we had. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy. Ray McNeely
My heartfelt sympathy to the Lynam family. I went to school with Carol who was always friendly and kind, just like her father. I saw Mr. Lynam on a daily basis for almost 17 years in the School of Music office. He was a favorite of mine--always a smile, never a cross word. He was an extraordinary teacher, but a also a lovely example of a good and kind man.
I remember with admiration the many times we were on stage together. every time you opened your mouth nothing but beauty came out. I think of you often and what a pleasure to have known you and share music with you. When we get together again ( it should not be long) please save a spot In the tenor section for me.
Carol and family, I am so sorry in the lost of your Daddy. But I am also happy that you was able to be there with your parents. Prayers are being said for you and your family for Comfort and Peace in the coming days that only Our Father can give us. Much love to you, Debi
I had the wonderful previledge of singing with Charlie on several occasion. It was always a thrilling experience to share beautiful music with him especially since we both got our start at Elon.
All who knew him, know that God has just added a wonderful baritone to the heavenly choir.
My love to his family.
Mary Anne Thomas Johnston - Elon "58
Mr.Lynam was a warm, caring and brilliant man. He was extremely gifted and the best baritone voice I have ever heard. I studied briefly with him at UNG-G when I was a music student there ('71-'77). He had a way of bringing out the best in everyone. He was an incredible teacher. My heart goes out to his family and friends at this time of great loss. May God bless all of you. Karen Hall Evans
To the Lynam family, sending our heartfelt sympathy. Praying God will bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Lyndell Scarboro Pleasants, Beth Scarboro Creech and Tink Scarboro
I was lucky to have had Charlie Lynam as my vocal teacher early in his career at UNCG (1964-67). I was certainly not the best voice on campus, but he made me feel important. I let him know immediately that I was interested in learning how to not only sing better myself but how to teach others since I was training to be a choral director. Our lessons included his tips in that area and proved very helpful in my future career. He was one of the jewels in UNCG's crown!
I am a UNCG English professor. I knew Charlie Lynam only as an acquaintance. I was the "outside" member of a voice Search Committee in the School of Music. Charlie was also on that Committee. I was struck by what a gentleman he was and ever after by his friendliness toward me when we happened to encounter one another. The Charles A. Lynam Vocal Competition is testimony to what he meant to the School of Music. The 100 photographs posted on this Website are testimony to a life well-lived.
I am very sorry for you in your loss, and my prayers are with you. Mr. Lynam was a wonderful man and a brilliant teacher. I know that he and Dr. McIver are together now in a beautiful place of happiness and light.
Fay Jackson Lynam, I am so sorry for your loss. My husband died 10-5-11. I sympathize with you and your family. May God bless you as you cope with
Charles' going to Heaven. Bonnie Barber Hodges, Alma Jackson's sister
Charlie blessed me in so many ways, and I will eternally be grateful. I know he's at peace with our Lord in heaven, and that we'll all rejoice together one day. Thank you, dear family, for sharing him with us all. I was blessed and honored to study with him for six years. He not only taught me to sing, but he taught me to care deeply, to believe beyond my circumstances, to give more than I thought was possible, and to never quit. He was a wonderfully gifted teacher and was beloved by all. Know that we are lifting you up in prayer. May our Lord richly bless and comfort you. May you feel enveloped by His love.
To the Family and Friends of Charlie Lynam,
I moved from Chicago to Greensboro in the mid 80s specifically to study voice with Charlie, because I had heard such wonderful things about his teaching. During the three years I studied with him, he helped me clear up a number of vocal faults and guided me to finding a healthy and dependable vocal technique. He always modeled excellent singing and held me to the highest vocal and artistic standards at each and every lesson.
I look back fondly to my time at UNC-G which is, in no small part, because of Charles Lynam. I will miss seeing him in the halls at UNC-G and hearing his high A resonate througout the (old) music building.
I am deeply grateful for all that he did for me. Charlie, thank you for your instruction and thank you for your friendship.
"A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others...the redeemed shall walk there, and the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." (Isaiah 35: 8, 10)
In all my travels, all over the world... even after having worked with opera stars from New York to Moscow and everywhere in between... I have still never met a more brilliant baritone...
When I studied with you, you were calmer than any Buddhist. You would sit on the sofa, while I was all cramped and tense, and trying to squeak out some note. You would say, "No Mark, like this..." Then you'd take a drink of your ever-present Coca-Cola, stand up, put my hands on the top your chest -- to show me where the resonance was supposed to be -- and then you'd pop out a brilliant high "c."
You were ridiculously talented. More imporantly, you were at peace with yourself, as you had nothing to prove to anyone. That was the greatest lesson that you taught me. You sang, because you LOVED music...and music, like all of your students... loved you.
You were kind, generous and very, very understanding, of an overly-ambitious young man who wanted to conquer the world with his singing.
You will be greatly missed. R.I.P. my friend.
RIP, Charlie. God's angels have welcomed you with open arms to be in their angelic choir!
As an undergraduate student at UNCG, I didn't study voice with Mr. Lynam, but had friends who did. I studied voice with Charlie's golfing partner and close friend, Bill McIver. Both Bill and Charlie are making beautiful music together now, and probably hitting some fairways and greens. As a colleague and teacher, Charles Lynam was wonderful, and always had objective and supportive comments or facial expressions to share, with a twinkle or sparkle in his eyes. Charlie will be missed by all and will always be imprinted in our memories. I wish for Charlie's family many blessings and peace.
I was blessed to study voice with Mr. Lynam from 1977-1981. He was a wonderful teacher and a wonderful man. I will never forget him. I pray that God blesses and comforts all his family and friends.
Dear Miss Faye and Family: Mr. Lynam was my lifeline after returning to the US .....and he taught all of us all the things he loved and lived. He and Doc (Bill McIver)must be going to lunch again now and waiting on a golf tee time and singing!! Thank-you and Steve and Carol for sharing him with us. He was such a wonderful teacher, but he also taught us the importance of family and how to be a really good human being. I pray that you all are lifted up and comforted in the days to come. God's Blessings and Abundant Love to You, Alexa Jackson Schlimmer and Family
Faye, Doris and I have the fondest memories of you and Charles while we were in college at Wake Forest and having heard Charles sing numerous times was such a great joy for us. Doris (Stroud) always appreciated you as a high school friend and during college days. We always felt you and Charles were meant for each other. We could see it in your eyes, your sense of presence to each other--, and that wonderful sense of joy that you emitted when together. We are in our 61st year of marriage now and both of us are doing fine.
Our love and prayers to you and your family.
Max & Doris Stroud Eller, 910-893-6687, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Faye and Family, Even though I am far away in Germany I am with you with all my heart. My thoughts and my prayers are crossing the ocean to be wth you. My heart was and will always overflow with love for Charlie and for you all. I thank the Lord God above that he sent you into my life and how great it is to know and believe that we will meet again in HEAVEN.What a wonderfull chorus that will be .May the Lord bless you and keep you now and forever. I miss you and I miss Charlie . My heart holds you tight. All my Love Mindy
Faye, I live in Yadkinville and your Dad was pastor of First Baptist Church when I began going there and he did the wedding ceremony for Leonard and me 49 years ago. I remember you and Charles visiting and Charles singing for us at FBCY. I was a professor in the UNCG School of Nursing for 37 years and knew Charles well then. We were on university committees together. I also had a daughter, Nadja Brown, who graduated from UNCG in 1982 with a music degree with voice as her emphasis. My prayers and best wishes are with you and your family.
Steve and Paula: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I remember being fondly loved as a young man, in a new career, in a new city by Charles and Faye. Their door was always open to me. Blessings to you all. I am thankful Steve called me so I can join you in your grief and the celebration of his life
Dear Steve & Paula,
My prayers are with you and your family. Your father was a wonderful man, and I know you will miss him.
The Choir of Heaven just got better. Our prayers are with you all. Rev. Clyde Denny (Siler City, NC)
Dear Faye and family,
We are sad that we no longer have Charles in our earthly world, but we cherish our memories and celebrate the wonderful life he lived.
Dearest Faye, I surely love Charlie more today in this grief than I used to love him before I loved him like I love him now! (and I loved him pretty doggone much then!) .. My heart is so full of love and gratitude for having been his student; to call him teacher, mentor and friend. My heart is full of love and comfort for you and your children/grandchildren and the rest of Charlie's family -- all of his students... his colleagues.. his many friends. So many people have been touched, taught, mentored by Charlie Lynam. He remains in my heart, mind and soul until I leave, and I cannot wait to sing with him 'there'. He sings because he is happy. He sings because he is free. THE eye is on the sparrow and I know He is watching over Charlie, you and the large circle of family and friends Mr. Lynam leaves for awhile. I love you Faye, always. God Bless You and yours during this time and hold you in the palm of His comforting heart during this tremendous loss.