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Jerry Hart Bynum

1933 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
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Jerry Hart Bynum

Memphis, TN

Jerry Hart Bynum was born April 13, 1933 and died May 14, 2017. He faced death with no fear. His strong-willed personality served him well, and he died as he wanted, at home in his own bed! Jerry is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carolyn Middleton Bynum. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Tom Middleton, nephew, Rusty Middleton, niece, Nikki Rogers (Sean), and their children, Maggie, Johnny, and Rosie. He also leaves his cousin, Jim Clark, of Daphne, AL. His parents, Jesse and Mollie Bynum of Corinth, MS, and his two brothers, Jesse and Bill, preceded him in death.

After graduating from Corinth High School, Jerry received a 4-year athletic scholarship from the University of Mississippi to play basketball. He began playing his freshman year and became the team captain his senior year. Jerry also played baseball and was the catcher on the 1956 Rebel club that advanced to the Final Four at the College World Series in Omaha, NE. After the Rebels were eliminated, he immediately went into Army basic training and on completion was sent to Fort Jackson, S.C. Orders to Korea were cancelled by the post general, a fellow Mississippian, who assigned him to play U. S. Armed Forces basketball and baseball.

Leaving the Army, he coached basketball and taught science courses at New Albany, MS and Treadwell Jr. High in Memphis, TN After 3 years, Jerry returned to Ole Miss on a National Science Foundation grant for graduate study in Science. During this time he decided to enter the School of Pharmacy and received his Pharmacy Degree in 2 years. Jerry always felt a great sense of loyalty to the university for the opportunities given him. At age 50, he made a major career change, retiring from pharmacy and becoming a real estate investor. That and the year at New Albany were the happiest of his career.

Jerry's body was donated to the Genesis/MERI Program for scientific research. We are grateful for the kindness of the Baptist Trinity Hospice staff and blessed by the expertise and care of his physician, Dr. Hugh Overstreet.

A memorial service for Jerry will be held at First Baptist Church, Poplar and Parkway, on Sunday, June 4. Visitation will begin at 3 PM in the Welcome Center and the service will begin at 4 PM in the church sanctuary. Please join the family for a reception following the service in Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Church Health Center or Memphis Botanical Gardens.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on May 28, 2017
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